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ND Air National Guard airmen deployed to Southwest Asia

MINOT, N.D. — About 15 North Dakota Air National Guard airmen have departed for a six-month deployment to Southwest Asia.

The airmen are assigned to the Minot-based 219th Security Forces Squadron. They volunteered for the base defense and security operations mission being led by Tech Sgt. Michael Clow.

The group will support units in the U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM. Its covers security and military issues in the central area of the globe and includes 20 countries, including Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.

The Minot group was honored by political and military leaders before departing. U.S. Air Force deployment regulations to not allow the Air National Guard members to have public send-offs like their Army National Guard counterparts.

In related news, Hoeven to welcome home National Guard unit.

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