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Associated Press , Published July 09 2013

Bismarck-based guard unit told it may mobilize

BISMARCK — A Bismarck-based North Dakota Army National Guard unit has been told it may mobilize in early 2014.

If the nearly 40 soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment head overseas, they'd serve in support of the NATO-led international peacekeeping mission in Kosovo for up to one year.

The unit previously deployed in 2009 to Iraq, where the unit's aviators flew more than 750 combat missions. They were responsible for transporting senior officials, soldiers, medical supplies and other cargo.

North Dakota adjutant general Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk says the aviators offer a level of professionalism and expertise.

About 70 members of the North Dakota National Guard currently are deployed overseas. Another 200 soldiers from a Grand Forks-based regiment are active protecting airspace around Washington, D.C.

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