National Guard unit heading for year of duty in Afghanistan

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — Public officials, military leaders and others gathered in Devils Lake to send off a North Dakota National Guard unit that will spend about a year serving overseas.

About 60 members of the 136th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion will get final training at Fort Hood in Texas before deploying in January to Afghanistan.

A public ceremony to see them on their way was held Sunday afternoon at the Devils Lake High School Sports Center. Gov. Jack Dalrymple, the state’s congressional delegation and state Guard commander Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann were on hand.

Soldiers in the unit come from more than 25 communities across North Dakota, Minnesota and Kentucky.