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Forum staff reports, Published October 22 2013

3 members of ND Air National Guard security squadron returning home Wednesday

FARGO – Three of the four remaining members of the North Dakota Air National Guard’s 119th Security Forces Squadron will return home today.

Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sailer, Staff Sgt. Cindy Olsen and Staff Sgt. Rick Gladue will arrive before 5 p.m. at Hector International Airport.

Most of the nearly 30 airmen deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in March came home on Oct. 8 and Oct. 17. The last guardsman is expected back next week.

The airmen provided security support for the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron while deployed.

In a news release from the National Guard, Glaude said he spent much of his day tracking and communicating with teams “outside the wire.” He worked on aerial tracking and communicated with Thunderbolt and Apache pilots to keep an eye on fellow soldiers along with watching the base perimeter.

Only a few airmen and nearly 10 soldiers in the North Dakota National Guard remain deployed overseas.

About 200 soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment are mobilized in Washington, D.C., and three soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment (Security and Support) are serving on the Southwest Border Mission in Texas.

Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment has about 40 soldiers preparing to deploy to Kosovo.