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Military and state leaders honor ND National Guard airmen

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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Hundreds of local heroes receive top honors at a North Dakota National Guard event.

Military and state leaders recognized about 300 airmen and their families Saturday at the guard's main hangar in Fargo as part of a Hometown Heroes event.

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These airmen served in a contingency operation on active duty orders between January 1 of 2011 to September 30 of 2013 for at least 30 days at a time.

North Dakota's National Guard has mobilized more than 4,000 soldiers since the September 11th terrorist attacks.

And there are still more than 80 guardsmen from North Dakota serving our country overseas today.

Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk/ND National Guard: "So it truly becomes a very proud moment for me to be able to say yes, the Happy Hooligans still continue to excel at everything we ask of them, still continue to be the best of the best, and continue to be professionals in everything that you do."

Airmen could receive one of three different tiered awards based on the number of consecutive days they served.

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