Gov. Dennis Daugaard thanks Spc. Kyle Bryant, of Sturgis, member of the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 451st Engineer Detachment (Firefighting Team) for his service during the unit’s year-long deployment to Afghanistan. (SDNG photo by Sgt. Jacqueline Fitzgerald)
After a year in Afgahnistan, seven members of a South Dakota National Guard firefighting team were welcomed home by family and friends at a ceremony in Rapid City, the Black Hills Pioneer reports.
While deployed, the team responded to 21 emergency and non-emergency calls for aid, provided fire and life safety evaluations, assisted in a flood relief operation, trained with German forces and trained Afghan National Army soldiers on firefighting techniques, a SD National Guard press release reports.
Learn more about the National Guard in South Dakota at the agency's website.