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Devils Lake National Guard unit likely won't see combat if deployed

DEVILS LAKE--A North Dakota Army National Guard unit based in Devils Lake, which has been alerted for possible mobilization, is not likely to see combat.

DEVILS LAKE--A North Dakota Army National Guard unit based in Devils Lake, which has been alerted for possible mobilization, is not likely to see combat.

The 136th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) will be doing just that--sustainment--if deployed to Afghanistan early next year, North Dakota National Guard spokesman Bill Prokopyk said.

"(This unit) has the flexibility to command and control others units as needed," Prokopyk said, with its primary responsibility being to arrange transportation, provide mechanical assistance and deliver supplies of varying nature to other units within their designated area.

But whether the unit will deploy has yet to be determined, as the Army plans its missions for the upcoming year. What this order does is allow the unit to begin pulling resources together needed to make a successful deployment, Prokopyk explained.

The unit is led by Lt. Col. Brock Larson, Bismarck, and Command Sgt. Maj. Darcy Schwind, Mandan, N.D. Soldiers in the unit hail from more than 25 communities across North Dakota, Minnesota, Kentucky and Nevada.

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