FARGO — Fourteen members of the North Dakota Air National Guard were mobilized in late August to support Operation Allies Refuge, an initiative to help in the relocation of Afghan nationals and their immediate families, National Guard officials announced Thursday, Sept. 9.
The operation involves a number of locations around the U.S. The North Dakota airmen, nicknamed the Happy Hooligans, are serving at Volk Field in Wisconsin and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakhurst in New Jersey.
The Hooligans are providing base operational support and other supplementary services, with the mobilization expected to conclude at the end of September.
The operation aims to assist Afghan citizens who have helped the U.S. and provide them with support at secure locations, where they can complete their special immigrant visa process safely, according to the Department of Defense website.