Hoeven Statement on Return of 818th Engineer Company

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement upon the return of the North Dakota National Guard’s 818th Engineer Company (Sapper) to the United States:

“Today I join North Dakotans and Americans everywhere in welcoming the members of the 818th Engineer Company back home to the United States following the unit’s commendable service in Afghanistan. These soldiers served with tremendous courage and skill, and we are grateful to them – as well as their families – for the important work they have accomplished as well as their continued commitment to defending our nation.

“Today we also pause to remember the lives and service of Sgt. 1st Class Darren Linde and Spc. Tyler Orgaard who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving alongside their comrades during this deployment to Afghanistan. These brave men represent the very best of our state and our nation. We will remain forever grateful for their service and pledge never to forget them or their loved ones.”