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Associated Press, Published May 10 2013

ND Army National Guard soldiers deploying

BISMARCK — Soldiers with the North Dakota Army National Guard are preparing for a yearlong deployment to Washington, D.C.

The 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment will be leaving North Dakota on Sunday to travel to Fort Bliss, Texas, and then on to the Washington, D.C., area. Their mission will involve working with the Department of Defense agencies to protect the airspace around the National Capital Region.

The soldiers are departing from two locations. More than 90 soldiers will leave Grand Forks on Sunday, while more than 50 will leave from Bismarck.

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