Community gathers to welcome National Guard engineers after overseas service – Grand Forks Herald

DEVILS LAKE — Members of the North Dakota National Guard’s 835th Engineer Utilities Detachment, based in Devils Lake, were welcomed home Friday in a ceremony attended by family, friends, members community and elected officials.

The ceremony, held in Devils Lake, recognized the detachment’s accomplishments and was also an opportunity to thank families and employers for their support during the detachment’s recent overseas mission. The detachment was deployed from August 2021 through June 2022 and served overseas in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of ​​operations, according to a North Dakota National Guard news release.

Governor Doug Burgum, Sen. John Hoeven, Rep. Kelly Armstrong, Devils Lake Mayor Jim Moe joined Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, Adjutant General of North Dakota and other senior guard leaders in honor of the soldiers.

North Dakota National Guard elected officials and leaders pose with the American flag during a welcome ceremony for the 835th Engineer Utility Detachment (EUD) in recognition of the unit’s overseas duty, Devils Lake, ND, Aug. 19, 2022. From left to right, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Holzer, 835th EUD first sergeant; Captain Justin Johnson, commander of the 835e EUD; Senator John Hoeven; Rep. Kelly Armstrong; Devils Lake Mayor Jim Moe; Governor Doug Burgum; Major General Al Dohrmann, Adjutant General of North Dakota; and Command Sgt. Major Eric Binstock, leader of the North Dakota National Guard. (Photo courtesy of the North Dakota National Guard)

“With their successful deployment in support of overseas operations, the 835th Engineer Utilities Detachment has once again proven that North Dakota National Guard soldiers are among the best in the nation,” Burgum said. “In just nine months, these well-trained and highly skilled soldiers have completed more than 130 incredible construction missions and engineer support requests on 16 bases across six countries, providing housing, utilities and other critical support. . We are deeply grateful for their service and for the families, employers and communities who supported these soldiers during this critically important mission.

The soldiers performed general construction work in support of U.S. and partner forces serving in the CENTCOM area, the news release said.

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Members of the North Dakota National Guard’s 835th Engineer Utility Detachment were welcomed home to Devils Lake on Friday, Aug. 19, after being deployed overseas for approximately nine months. (Photo courtesy of the North Dakota National Guard)

“We are all proud of your service and the quality of the construction work carried out during your mission. It says a lot about your reputation when higher headquarters asks for the name of the 835th Engineers – thank you for representing the North Dakota National Guard so well,” Dohrmann said. “As always, we are indebted to our families and our employers. With their support, we can continue to successfully accomplish all of our missions, here at home and abroad.

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Members of the North Dakota National Guard’s 835th Engineer Utility Detachment were welcomed home to Devils Lake on Friday, Aug. 19, after being deployed overseas for approximately nine months. (Photo courtesy of the North Dakota National Guard)

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Members of the North Dakota National Guard’s 835th Engineer Utility Detachment were welcomed home to Devils Lake on Friday, Aug. 19, after being deployed overseas for approximately nine months. (Photo courtesy of the North Dakota National Guard)

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