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National Guard Shows Support to Locals

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 By Alicia Ewen

We're always taught to give support to our troops who are risking their lives to keep ours safe.

But at Kimball Bottoms, south of Bismarck, a more controlled exercise is underway.

"Well I hope that they're proud to show off what they do and all that they know. It's a valuable service."  said Joe Charvat, ND State Penitentiary.

The National Guard is showing supporters how they do what they do...

"The men and women that were out here are incredibly professional, well trained and they make it possible for this nation to protect our shores and then to conduct internal operations as well.  I'm incredibly impressed." said Drew Wrigley, Lieutenant General

Locals from around the community get to see first-hand how the guard unit builds a bridge in as little as 90 minutes with only 8 people, but the star of the show is the construction of a bridge right on top of the water itself.

"We're showing them what we do and what our company is capable of and what we are busy doing when we need the time off." said Sgt. Vetter, National Guard.

"Just in case we ever get deployed when we need to do a river crossing that transports troops, it comes in handy" said Sgt. Bosch, National Guard.

The group of civilians also gets to ride the Guard's boats...

"You get an even better sense of how much man power is necessary to get 100 people into combat or to move across the river like this." said Drew Wrigley.

For the people that were invited, this is a very personal opportunity to get a look at the brave people who protect our country, many of which are everyday citizens.

"Usually what I see is very little part of their personal lives and when they're working when we are working together. So this opens up and I get to see a little more of what they do and what they enjoy to do." - Joe Charvat

"It's nice to see everybody and it's nice for them to see what we do and how hard we work and how much training we put into it."

Awards were given to local businesses for their contributions to the Guard.

After they landed their boats, they gave visitors the option to eat like a soldier and try their M.R.E's. 

To no one's surprise, many passed on the offer.
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