WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today met with members of the North Dakota Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery regiment, who are currently deployed on a mission to Washington, DC. Hoeven saw firsthand the unit performing its mission to defend the airspace in the national capital region and expressed his support and gratitude for the guard members during the year-long deployment.
“The skies over our nation’s capital are in good hands with the 188th,” Hoeven said. “They’re doing a tremendous job, working around the clock to ensure that Washington, DC is safe. North Dakota is well represented by these men and women and we are extremely grateful for their service.”
The unit is participating in Operation Noble Eagle, a mission that began after the 9/11 terrorists attacks and includes protection of the airspace over the nation’s capital. There are more than 200 soldiers serving as part of this mission.
Hoeven commended the unit’s dedication to public service and to serving their state and nation. Not only has the unit been completing their assigned mission with skill, they have also made a positive impact in the community. In December, members of the unit rendered aid to a woman who was involved in a car accident. Additionally, four of the unit’s members served as interns with Senator Hoeven’s Washington, DC office during their personal time.