Sen Hoeven visits North Dakota Guard members deployed to Washington DC

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.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

  • The Whistler

    This should be an Onion article.

  • NDConservative

    I wonder if Senator Hoeven explained to the soldiers why he voted to cut our military member’s benefits including benefits for those who have been injured why serving our country, or was this just a “feel good – look good” political visit.