BISMARCK — An aviation unit of the North Dakota Army National Guard received an alert of a possible mobilization to the Washington, D.C., area later this year, according to a news release issued Friday, June 26.

The Guard unit, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment, is based in Bismarck and consists of 70 soldiers as well as a Black Hawk helicopter. If mobilized, the regiment would mainly transport personnel and cargo in the Washington area.

"We are extremely proud of the professionalism of our Army aviators," North Dakota adjutant general Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann said in a statement. "They have a safe operating record of nearly 150,000 flight hours dating back to 1958 and have been instrumental in support of state and federal missions to include flood response, wildfire fighting, search and rescue missions and have successfully served overseas."

This mission is routine and recurring for Guard units around the country, North Dakota National Guard spokesman William Prokopyk said. The alert means that the Guard unit should be prepared to mobilize anytime in late 2020 for a nine to 12 month rotation.

Previously, the 285th Aviation Regiment has been deployed for missions in Kosovo in 2013 and 2014, and to Iraq from 2009 to 2010.

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Adam Willis, a Report For America corps member, can be reached at awillis@forumcomm.com.