ND National Guard Welcome Home Ceremony

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About 60 North Dakota National Guard Soldiers who served in Afghanistan are being welcomed home tonight.

These guardsmen and women served in support of operation freedom sentinel. They conducted combat logistics operations in Afghanistan. The unit returned to the state in November and commanded multiple detachments comprised of soldiers from across the nation, including 2 movement control teams, a mortuary affairs detachment, and 10 department of the army civilian expeditionary workforce members.

For many families, being reunited was a special moment.

Gavin Larson; Father was deployed: “With him gone it was just like a big- something was missing. It wasn’t the same.”

Lt. Col. Brock Larson; returned from deployment: “You know, if our nation calls, if our state calls, we’ll be there to answer that call and do what we have to do.”

Traditionally, welcome home ceremonies occur about three months after Soldiers return from a deployment and coincide with the third Yellow Ribbon reintegration weekend.

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