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Devils Lake National Guard unit put on mobilization alert

DEVILS LAKE -- A North Dakota Army National Guard unit based in Devils Lake has been alerted for possible mobilization. About 60 members of the 136th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) were placed in an alert status Wednesday. If mobiliz...

DEVILS LAKE -- A North Dakota Army National Guard unit based in Devils Lake has been alerted for possible mobilization.

About 60 members of the 136th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) were placed in an alert status Wednesday.

If mobilized, the unit will provide area logistical support to U.S. and Coalition forces assigned to the combined joint operational area-Afghanistan early next year, Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann, North Dakota's adjutant general, said.

"The men and women of the 136th CSSB are fully qualified logisticians trained to employ their skills in a myriad of support operations," he said. "In addition to the technical competence of our soldiers, the support of their families, friends and employers during this overseas deployment, will help ensure their overall mission success."

The decision to mobilize has not yet occurred, he said.

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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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