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Associated Press, Published October 17 2013

ND Army Guard aviators helping on southern border

BISMARCK — Three North Dakota Army National Guard aviators have begun a yearlong mission supporting U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on the southern border.

The soldiers left this month for Harlingen, Texas, where they were joined by a soldier from the Michigan Army National Guard for the anti-drug mission.

The four soldiers in the helicopter crew serve in the 1st Battalion of the 112th Aviation Regiment, which has detachments in both North Dakota and Michigan.

Members of the North Dakota Guard have been serving in the Southwest Border Mission on regular rotations since February 2012.