Grand Forks-based air defense Guard unit set for deployment
A Grand Forks-based unit of the North Dakota Army National Guard is deploying to Washington, D.C.
The 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment is mobilizing for a yearlong mission in support of Operation Noble Eagle, an integrated air defense system to protect the airspace around the national capital through a collaborative effort with other Department of Defense agencies.
The 200-plus members of the local unit are scheduled to replace those from the 3rd Battalion, 265th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, a Florida Army National Guard unit.
This is the second time that soldiers from the 188th ADA have been called to support Operation Noble Eagle. The unit was deployed to the national capital once before from July 2013 to April 2014.
Counting this most recent mission, the 188th ADA has deployed 11 times since 2004.
Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown stated in a news release that the unit is the most deployed unit in North Dakota and said its members are "a big part of why Grand Forks is such a unique and wonderful community."
"These soldiers and their families, who help make up our community, are an invaluable part of who we are and it's important they know how proud we are of them and how they inspire us as a community," stated Brown.
A send-off for the unit is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex in Fargo.