Guard members serving in Afghanistan, other locations

BISMARCK More than 150 members of the North Dakota National Guard are mobilized, according to Guard officials.

Of that number, about 100 Guardsmen are serving in Afghanistan and 30 Guardsmen are at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Deployments include eight N.D. Army National Guard soldiers with Detachment 42, Operational Airlift Support, and a four-member 1919th Contingency Contracting Team. Both units are based out of Bismarck and serving in Southwest Asia.

Last month, the Guard announced that a N.D. Army National Guard unit has received an alert notification for possible mobilization. The 814th Medical Company (Area Support), based out of Bismarck, with a detachment in Grand Forks, was notified.

If mobilized, about 65 soldiers would serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) in early 2014 for up to one year. It would be the unit’s first mobilization in support of the global war on terrorism.

Currently, in addition to liaison officers, nearly 40 members of the North Dakota National Guard’s 231st Brigade Support Battalion based in Fargo are in Cameroon, Africa, for a multinational exercise. N.D. National Guard Col. Giselle Wilz is Task Force Central commander for the exercise. The exercise ends March 1.