817th gets alert: Jamestown unit could be mobilized in 2014A Jamestown-based North Dakota Army National Guard unit has received an alert notification for possible mobilization. The 817th Engineer Co. (Sapper) has been notified recently of its possible mobilization by its leadership.
By: By Sun Staff, The Jamestown Sun
A Jamestown-based North Dakota Army National Guard unit has received an alert notification for possible mobilization.
The 817th Engineer Co. (Sapper) has been notified recently of its possible mobilization by its leadership.
If mobilized, approximately 100 soldiers would serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in spring 2014 to Afghanistan. The unit previously served in Iraq from June 2007-June 2008 and as Company B, 141st Engineer Battalion from December 2003 until February 2005. The unit specializes in combat engineering tasks.
“The 817th Engineer Co. offers extensive depth and experience that will make them successful during their mission,” said Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general. “The other key component to their success is the continued support of their families, friends and employers during another mission away from home.”
More than half of the soldiers have previously deployed. Soldiers with the unit are from 34 communities across North Dakota as well as eight Minnesota communities and one from Texas.
North Dakota Army National Guard units that are currently mobilized include, the Williston and Hazen, N.D. based 818th Engineer Co. (Sapper), the 1919th Contingency Contracting Team, and about 30 soldiers from the Fargo-based 191st Military Police Co. with Joint Task Force Guantanamo.
Other North Dakota National Guard units on alert are the Grand Forks based 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery and the Bismarck-based Detachment 42, Operational Airlift Support Agency.