Hoeven Honors Deploying Army Reserve Members, Families at Send-Off Ceremony

FARGO, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today joined the community in honoring 156 members of the Fargo-based U.S. Army Reserve Unit 461st Vertical Engineering Company, who will deploy soon for a mission overseas. Hoeven spoke at the send-off to pay tribute to the soldiers and their families and thank them for their service. The unit is comprised of soldiers from communities in North Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, with at least 30 of the soldiers having previously deployed. 

“We’re grateful to these soldiers for their service on behalf of our nation,” said Hoeven. “The members of this unit have valuable skills that make them uniquely qualified for this mission. We know they will meet their objectives and serve with honor and distinction. We are tremendously grateful to each of these soldiers and their families for their sacrifices during this deployment and pray for their safe return.” 

The 461st Vertical Engineering Company consists of plumbers, electricians, carpenters, maintenance and headquarters support elements. The soldiers’ mission is to provide base maintenance and support in Kuwait and across the region, including Jordan, Afghanistan and Iraq. The unit will deploy for a year and spend about 9 months in country.

Hoeven is a member of the Senate Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee.