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Dickinson soldiers receive alert for possible mobilization

Soldiers assigned to the North Dakota Army National Guard in Dickinson could be mobilized, according to a press release.

The 816th Engineer Company has received alert for possible mobilization, along with its detachment in Mott.

If mobilized, more than 150 soldiers are expected to assist Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan. This would be the first overseas mobilization for the unit to support the Global War on Terrorism since it was re-designated with its number in 2006, according to the release.

The unit was previously known as Company C of the 164th Engineer Battalion. That unit was deployed to Iraq from December 2003 to February 2005.

“Their significant contributions to our state and communities during our emergency flood response in 2009 and 2011 were extremely appreciated,” said Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general. “If deployed, the Soldiers can rely on the superb support of their families, friends and employers during this important mission away from home.”

The 816th Engineer Company would join units from Bismarck for Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan early 2015, according to the release.