ND National Guard to help support Southern border

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North Dakota National Guard’s Bismarck-based 957th Engineer Company has been called to duty at the Southern border of the United States.

The unit will mobilize with about 125 soldiers and is expected to support U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The 957th has answered the call of duty in past missions, including Operation Iraqi Freedom and the NATO peacekeeping force in Kosovo.

Those deployed will primarily be bridge crewmembers, but Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Derek Kuntz says soldiers with other specialties will also be needed.

The mission is expected to last up to a year, and is set to begin in early autumn.

The unit has also supported North Dakota National Guard domestic response operations like the 2011 statewide flood fight and the COVID-19 pandemic support.

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