North Dakota National Guard Troops Could Be DeployedLast night President Barack Obama outlined a plan to send more troops to Afghanistan. North Dakota already has troops there and this new deployment could mean more could get the call.
By: Steve Bodakowski, WDAZ
Last night President Barack Obama outlined a plan to send more troops to Afghanistan. North Dakota already has troops there and this new deployment could mean more could get the call.
During president Obama's speech to the nation last night he said 30-thousand more troops will be heading to Afghanistan, at least until July of 2011. That means every state including soldiers from North Dakota could be called to duty.
Robert Dorneman: "So far the North Dakota national guard has had 277 soldiers from the Army side deployed to Afghanistan and 9 airmen, I would assume that will continue."
Dorneman is one of them. He served 12 months in Afghanistan. Of the 277 guardsmen deployed to Afghanistan since 911 40 are still there now and 62 more have been mobilized. 16 are from Grand Forks and East Grand Forks and 2 from Thompson. A number that will likely go up.
Amy Weieser Willson: "locally the department of defense makes the decision to how those numbers play out and always the national guard continues to train for any mission that night come along."
Willson says the call could come at any time. She says its hard to say if more will be deployed.
"an alert call comes in and at this stage a unit is notified and they start doing training specific to where their going."
Steve: For families it becomes a waiting game. Soldiers say even with a 2011 withdrawal date the nerves are still there.
Robert Dorneman: "deploying will never be easy especially when you're leaving your family."
"it makes the families stop and think, but they have great support systems and ways to prepare."
the guardsmen there now will serve for 12 months. They're acting as the eyes and ears to provide surveillance for troops on the ground.
A total of more than 5-thousand North Dakota Guardsmen have been deployed in total to around the world since 911.