GF Guard unit to defend DC airspaceThe most-deployed unit in the North Dakota Army National Guard during the Global War on Terrorism will likely deploy to Washington, D.C., to defend airspace over the capital.
By: Forum Communications, The Jamestown Sun
The most-deployed unit in the North Dakota Army National Guard during the Global War on Terrorism will likely deploy to Washington, D.C., to defend airspace over the capital.
The First Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, based in Grand Forks with detachments in Fargo and Bismarck, expects to mobilize in May for the yearlong mission, according to a news release.
More than 200 guardsmen will participate in the capital’s integrated air-defense system with other Department of Defense agencies. These include 74 from the Grand Forks area, 64 from the Fargo area, 41 from the Bismarck area and six from the Devils Lake area, according to spokesman Capt. Dan Murphy.
They’ll replace a Florida Army National Guard unit.
This marks the 10th deployment for the 188th in less than a decade. Most recently, the unit deployed to Kosovo as part of a NATO peacekeeping mission from 2009 to 2010. Prior to that, portions of the unit deployed six times to Afghanistan and twice to Iraq.
Other North Dakota Guard units on alert include the 191st Military Police Company, about 30 soldiers, and the 1919th Contracting Team, four soldiers.
The 818th Engineer Company is currently deployed to Afghanistan.