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N.D. Guard to assist in Haiti recovery operations

Twenty North Dakota National Guard soldiers from the 191st Military Police Company will be deployed in mid-May for Haiti, where they will spend about three weeks.

Twenty North Dakota National Guard soldiers from the 191st Military Police Company will be deployed in mid-May for Haiti, where they will spend about three weeks.

The soldiers are serving as part of the U.S. Southern Command New Horizons mission alongside 10 other states and territories with a total of 500 personnel.

The North Dakota soldiers will provide force protection for the U.S. troops and equipment during the base camp construction near Gonaives, Haiti, which is about 95 miles north of Port au Prince.

"The North Dakota National Guard has demonstrated time and again their preparedness, skill and willingness to assist those in need in the aftermath of a severe natural disaster like the Haitian earthquake," Gov. John Hoeven said in making the announcement Friday.

The 191st MP Company is based in Fargo with detachments in Mayville and Bismarck, although its members come from 40 different cities.

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The soldiers are serving as part of the U.S. Southern Command New Horizons mission alongside 10 other states and territories, with a total of 500 personnel.

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