WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement congratulating the North Dakota Air National Guard’s 219th Security Forces Squadron based at Minot Air Force Base for being named tops in the nation by the National Guard Bureau:
“This recognition confirms what we have known for a long time: The North Dakota Air National Guard is a top-flight team of professionals. Their outstanding performance and dedication in association with the 91st Missile Wing at the Minot Air Force Base secures America’s defenses and strengthens the base’s mission. They are a source of pride to North Dakota and the nation.”
The unit took top honors out of 86 such squadrons in the United States, and was evaluated on a number of factors, including supply, commander’s support staff, medical, education and training, and recruiting and retention. The formal presentation of the award will be presented at a later date. The 219th Squadron is the second- largest Security Forces Squadron in the Air National Guard.