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They're Back! ND Army National Guard's 1919th Contingency Contracting Team

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It was a joyous reunion today for families of the final three soldiers of the 1919th Contingency Contracting Team.  They're finally home from a long mission in the middle east. 

"I'm so excited for her to get back home to her family," says Yvette Kraft, cousin of Sergeant First Class Heidi Sigl.  "We're just anxious and so excited to see her," says Sigl's husband, Jeremy.

Though they set foot on U.S. soil last week at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, they had to complete the demobilization process.  So they couldn't travel the final 1,500 miles to Bismarck -- until now.

How do the returning soldiers feel?  "It feels great.  We had a job to do over there.  I thank God for all the prayers back home that we had.  It's great to have a supporting family," says Staff Sergeant Cody Martin, ND Army National Guard.

"Oh, it's hard to say.  Bunch of different emotions, you know.  Haven't seen them in such a long time," says Staff Sergeant Curt Richter.  "Excited and grateful just to see everyone here.  They all see me off and I'm happy to see them all come back," says Sergeant First Class Heidi Sigl.

The four-Soldier unit was responsible for contracting with civilian organizations, including American contractors, in-country contractors and foreign businesses to support U.S. military forces in Afghanistan and Qatar.  The commander of the unit, Major Mike Lowe, arrived in North Dakota last month.

  For some, though, there's still more waiting.  "I want to give a shout out to my brother, Jamie Sigl.  He's over in Afghanistan.  See you in a few months!" says Jeremy Sigl.

The unit's Freedom Salute, a formal welcome home event, is scheduled in Bismarck for December 7th.  

For every 10,000 citizens in North Dakota, 65 serve in the North Dakota National Guard -- a rate that's more than four times the national average.

 

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