Hoeven Thanks ND Guard's 191st for Service to Nation Upon Return from Yearlong Deployment

BISMARCK, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today thanked members of the North Dakota National Guard’s 191st Military Police Company for their service as they return to North Dakota today following a yearlong deployment to Guantanamo, Cuba.

“We are happy to welcome home members of the 191st Military Police Company today. They, along with their families and friends, have made real sacrifices throughout this yearlong deployment and we thank them for their service on our behalf. I know all North Dakotans are proud of the 191th and the dedication and skill they have shown in completing this mission,” said Hoeven.

The nearly 30 soldiers were led by Lt. Col. Mark Tibor of Bismarck, Maj. William Nels of Surrey served as deputy commander and1st Sgt. Dean Richter of Bismarck served as senior enlisted leader during the deployment. The soldiers provided police, detainment and stability operations as part of Joint Task Force Guantanamo in Cuba.

In June 2011, Hoeven inspected operations at Guantanamo Bay and said the military is managing the center professionally and effectively. The senator is a member of the Senate Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee.