Patriots Departing: Area servicemen spending time with families before Sunday send-off
Before departing on a one-year mission to Afghanistan, two area National Guardsmen are spending time with loved ones.
Leading up to Sunday's send-off at the Bismarck Civic Center, Sgts. Kevin Remington of Richardton and Kory Twardoski of Dickinson are enjoying a little R&R at home.
Both soldiers are part of the Williston- and Hazen-based 818th "Sapper" Engineer Company, which is comprised of approximately 100 soldiers, according to a press release sent to The Press on Wednesday. While the two soldiers could not divulge the purpose of their mission, they said it will involve setting up and disposing of combat-related obstacles.
Having grown up in a military family and served a tour in Iraq, Remington said preparations for the upcoming mission are somewhat familiar to his family.
"(Being deployed) is something we're used to, but at the same time, you still worry for people," Remington said as he spent time with his mom Wednesday.
Remington, who describes himself as a "single dude," said he is also excited for the mission.
"We've got a job to do," he said. He added that he is honored to serve alongside other members of his company, some of which volunteered for the mission.
Leaving home is a different story for Twardoski.
"Preparation for me is a little stressful because I have a wife and four kids," he said, adding that he does not want his wife to be stressed during his absence.
Twardoski said he pulled his kids out of school Wednesday so he could spend as much time with them as possible before his deployment.
Having also toured in Iraq, Twardoski said going through training is a familiar endeavor. Additionally, he is honored to be part of Sunday's send-off, where Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Sen. John Hoeven, Rep. Rick Berg and Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk are scheduled to speak.
William "Pro" Prokopyk, assistant public information office for the North Dakota National Guard, said the send-off will also feature music from Fargo's 188th Army Band. He added that all are welcome to visit the Civic Center for Sunday's 11:30 a.m. send-off, and supporters can see soldiers off Monday morning as the Guardsmen leave the Raymond J. Bohn Armory at about 11:30.
"It's going to be a big event," Prokopyk said.
From Bismarck, the soldiers will fly to Fort Bliss, Texas, for training, he added.
Remington said other area Guardsmen joining the mission include Dillon Baer of Richardton, Adam Grimsley of Dickinson, Brandon Hauck of Dickinson, Kenyon Opp of Glen Ullin and Eric Stebleton of Dickinson. Remington also said he appreciates the public's awareness of the National Guard.
"Support from the state and the people is just phenomenal around here," he said. "We appreciate the fact that people care up here still."