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FNS Photo by Eric Hylden Spc. Chris Lee of the 1st Battalion 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment based in Grand Forks, is greeted by his fiancee, Taryn Kalberer, and his daughter, Brystol Lee, as the troops return to Grand Forks on Tuesday after a yearlong deployment defending the airspace over Washington, D.C.

10th homecoming for Guard unit: Soldiers say they were happy to serve, but happy to be home, too

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GRAND FORKS — A yearlong deployment to protect the nation’s capital was something of a family affair for Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Nelson.


Nelson and sons, 23-year-old Spec. Derek Nelson and 20-year-old Spec. Casey Nelson, returned home Tuesday from their deployment with the North Dakota Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment.

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Kevin Bonham
Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: He welcomes story ideas via email,, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.  
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