FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) State and military leaders honored soldiers Sunday who spent more than nine months in Afghanistan.
About 30 Army National Guard Soldiers of the 191st Military Police Company were commended for their services at the Armed Force’s Reserve Center in Fargo.
Among those in attendance were North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann.
“As commander and chief, I want to be here to share my personal gratitude, not only with the service men and women, but also with the families because of the sacrifices that the families make,” Gov. Burgum said.
The soldiers returned in November and December of last year after leaving for their overseas deployment in March.
Their mission was to provide protective security for world leaders.
Staff. Sgt. Aaron Zabka was one of the soldiers honored on Sunday.
“This is my third deployment so I've definitely seen some ups and downs and seen some scary things and seen some great things,” Zabka said.
The soldiers came from 20 different communities across North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota.
There were also a few from tribal reservations who thanked Gov. Burgum for displaying the five tribal nation flags outside his office at the state Capitol.
“The tribal nations in North Dakota have, as they are across the nation, have the highest percentage of any group in the country that volunteer for military service,” Burgum said.