Hoeven Honors Guard Members, Families at Send-Off Ceremony

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today joined with the community to honor 57 members of the North Dakota National Guard who will soon deploy for a mission in Kosovo. Hoeven thanked the soldiers and their families for their sacrifices and commended their patriotism during a send-off ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility.  

“Today we honor these brave soldiers and their loved ones, who are once again answering our nation’s call to serve and making tremendous sacrifices on our behalf,” said Hoeven. “Service and sacrifice are second nature to you, and we can’t begin to thank you for your work to protect our communities and defend our American values. We know that you will complete this new mission with courage and dedication. We pray for you and your families, and look forward to your safe return.”

The soldiers are part of the Bismarck-based Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment (Security and Support), and come from 15 communities in North Dakota. They will mobilize first to Camp Atterbury, Ind., then train in Germany before continuing their year-long service as part of Kosovo Forces 15. The 1-112th will provide aviation support during the mission and serve as the command and control headquarters for other aviation companies.

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