Hoeven Honors Deployment Guard Members, Families at Deployment Ceremony

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today joined the community in honoring members of a Bismarck-based North Dakota National Guard unit deploying soon for a mission in Afghanistan and Qatar. Hoeven commended the soldiers and their families for their service to the country and thanked them for their sacrifices at a send-off ceremony held in Bismarck. 

“The members of the 1919th Contingency Contracting Team are highly respected for their tremendous skill and especially their ability to provide the planning and coordination assistance needed to ensure that our troops can most effectively accomplish each mission,” said Hoeven. “We are proud to have such a fine group of soldiers representing North Dakota, and we offer our thanks and continued support to each of you, as well as your families, as you begin this important mission. Our thoughts and prayers go with you for a safe return.”

The members of the Bismarck-based 1919th Contingency Contracting Team (CCT) will individually mobilize to Afghanistan and Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The soldiers will train first at Camp Shelby, Miss., before continuing their service in Afghanistan. The unit specializes in planning, coordinating and issuing contracts for supplies and services needed to support other U.S. forces serving in the region as well as civilian organizations, in-country contractors and other foreign businesses.

Currently, more than 300 members of the North Dakota National Guard are deployed to various locations across the globe. Hoeven serves as a member of the Senate Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee.