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Grand Forks guardsman returns home after 29 months in Kosovo

After a 29-month deployment to Kosovo, North Dakota National Guard Sgt. Josh Dodds of Grand Forks came home Wednesday night. He served with NATO's Kosovo Force or KFOR as a journalist, an administrative assistant to the chief of staff and an oper...

Joshua Doods

After a 29-month deployment to Kosovo, North Dakota National Guard Sgt. Josh Dodds of Grand Forks came home Wednesday night.

He served with NATO's Kosovo Force or KFOR as a journalist, an administrative assistant to the chief of staff and an operations officer, working more than 30 countries around the world.

Dodds originally came with a North Dakota contingent for KFOR 12, the largest North Dakota Guards mobilization since the Korean War. The contingent returned in August 2010, but Dodds said in a statement that he volunteered to extend his deployment to train new service members.

One other guardsman from KFOR 12 remains in Kosovo, Capt. Shane Clennon of West Fargo. There are a total of 55 guardsmen from the headquarters company of the 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment.

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