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Associated Press, Published March 13 2013

ND Guard soldiers back in US from Afghanistan

BISMARCK — Nearly 100 North Dakota National Guard soldiers who served about a year of duty in Afghanistan are back on U.S. soil.

The Guard says the soldiers with the 818th Engineer Company arrived at Fort Bliss, Texas, on Tuesday night. They will go through the demobilization process before returning to North Dakota.

The 818th is based in Williston with a detachment in Hazen. The soldiers served as combat engineers in Afghanistan, clearing roadside bombs. Two soldiers died in the line of duty — Sgt. 1st Class Darren Linde of Devils Lake and Spc. Tyler Orgaard of Bismarck. A third soldier, Spc. Ian Placek of Bismarck, was wounded. He recently returned to Bismarck to continue his recovery.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.