Hoeven Honors Members of 1-188TH ADA Regiment at Send-Off Ceremony

Regiment Deploying for 13th Time Since 2004, Most Deployed NDNG Unit

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today honored the members of the 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Regiment as they prepare for a nearly 10-month deployment within the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of responsibility, providing integrated air defense coverage and early warning support. This will be the 13th deployment for the regiment since 2004, following missions in Washington, D.C., Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. With this new mission, the 1-188th ADA Regiment stands as the most deployed unit in the North Dakota National Guard (NDNG). Hoeven previously visited the unit during their deployment to Afghanistan while Hoeven was governor, as well as during their recent deployments to Washington as they worked to defend the National Capital Region’s airspace under Operation Noble Eagle.

“The members of the 1-188th have given a great deal in defense of our nation, repeatedly answering the call to serve both at home and abroad. We recognize and honor the time they’ve given up, as well as the sacrifices of their families, putting their lives and careers on hold to ensure we remain secure and free,” said Hoeven. “We’ve seen their record of excellence, including during their three deployments to Washington, D.C. since 2012, and we are confident they will once again serve with dedication and skill. We pray for their continued success and their safe return.”