About 40 friends and family packed into cars and a mobile home Friday to make the trek from the most western part of North Dakota to Dickinson’s Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport to finally say hello to Josh Barthel face-to-face. The National Guard specialist arrived Friday night to welcome signs, balloons, cheers and hugs after a yearlong deployment in Kuwait.
Four area North Dakota National Guard soldiers, along with 156 others from eastern North Dakota, will attend a send-off ceremony at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton on Sunday before heading to Texas for training and then to Kuwait.
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