Airmen honored for Afghanistan service

FARGO About 30 North Dakota Air National Guard airmen received formal recognition on Saturday for their Afghanistan service.

The airmen, part of the 119th Security Forces Squadron, served in several sectors in Bagram on a variety of security missions. They provided security on the perimeter and flightline at Bagram Airfield; served on Fly-Away Security Teams that protected crews, aircraft and cargo; managed busy pedestrian and vehicle entry control points; and served on over-watch and outside-the-wire security teams.

The airmen were part of the first-ever effort, which involved protecting the lives of about 36,000 coalition forces and securing about $3.5 billion worth of assets needed to support the Operation Enduring Freedom mission. They served in Afghanistan for seven months.

The airmen, 17 of whom were on their first deployment, returned home to their families in October.