PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota National Guard’s 200th Engineering Company held an event yesterday to say thanks to those in Central South Dakota that have offered support to the unit. The 200th returned in the spring of 2012 from an almost year-long deployment to Afghanistan. Yesterday near the Legion Cabin, the Guard offered rides on its watercraft, had free hot dogs and displayed some of the equipment the unit uses. First Sergeant Mike DeJong says the event was dubbed “Dogs on the River”. He says Guard members receive support locally–and nationally–for the work they do.
Next month, 69 Soldiers assigned to the 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion of Pierre will deploy to Afghanistan and DeJong says he expects that unit will get the same support the 200th did.
Yesterday’s event drew a great crowd and DeJong says it was also a good chance to offer information on the Guard to those who might be interested in joining.
DeJong says the National Guard is always looking for good recruits to become part of the organization. He says “Dogs on the River” was held to thank the community for all the support local citizens give to the Guard and Guard families during deployment and when they are stateside.
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