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Four North Dakota Air National Guard Airmen Return Home

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Four Airmen with the North Dakota Air National Guard will return home Tuesday from a four-month deployment to Southwest Asia. Master Sgt. Terry Moser, Senior Airman Charles Cunningham, Airman 1st Class Brent Lake and Airman 1st Class Brian Anderson deployed July 17 from the Air Guard's Forward Support Squadron.

Cunningham and Lake will arrive in Fargo at 10:10 p.m. Tuesday, November 27 on American from Chicago.  Moser and Anderson will arrive at Hector International about 10:50 p.m. from Minneapolis

All of the deployed Airmen also offered support in rendering dignified honors to fallen warriors on their way home from the area of operations. Per Air Force regulations, the exact basing location of the deployed Airmen cannot be publicly released.

Master Sgt. Terry Moser

While deployed, Moser, of Crookston, Minnesota, served as the lead contracting officer representative, managing millions of dollars in equipment and buildings. He oversaw the largest fitness center in the operating area for service members, which rated the facility 45 percent higher than prior to Moser's arrival. He also worked a compression plan to reduce lodging by 25 percent, among numerous other missions.

Senior Airman Charles Cunningham

Cunningham, of Fargo, worked as a lodging contracting officer representative who assisted with lodging for more than 78,000 U.S. and coalition forces supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. He also was selected vice president for the first-ever Airman Council there. During his limited free time, he completed the last nine credit hours he needed to earn a Community College of the Air Force degree in hotel and restaurant management.

Airman 1st Class Brent Lake

Lake, of Fargo, served as the dining facility quality assurance evaluator, directing quality assurance on a food contract that served more than 900,000 meals. During his time in country, the facility earned "excellent" ratings for quality control and no food-borne illnesses.

Airman 1st Class Brian Anderson

Anderson, of Lake Park, Minnesota, worked as a cold rations storage clerk, escorting 360 deliveries to support five dining facilities. He also monitored 18 cold storage units and two additional storage tents to ensure proper storage temperatures as well as security.

 

Only two North Dakota Air National Guard members remain overseas and, for a brief time after the new year, there is expected to be no North Dakota Airmen overseas. That break in service will be the first since the Air Guardsmen, known as the Happy Hooligans, were activated in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National Guard has mobilized more than 3,900 Soldiers and more than 1,800 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism. About 70 percent of all members serving today have joined since that time.

Currently, more than 100 North Dakota Guardsmen are serving overseas, primarily in Afghanistan and Cuba, while more than 4,000 remain in the state for emergency response and national defense. For every 10,000 citizens in North Dakota, 65 serve in the North Dakota National Guard, a rate that's more than four times the national average.

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