Wahpeton-based guard members return from southern border mission

Photo Courtesy: Office of Governor Doug Burgum
Photo Courtesy: Office of Governor Doug Burgum

(WAHPETON) – Approximately 100 members of the Wahpeton-based 188th Engineer Company returned Wednesday from a 30-day mission in support of Operation Lone Star, a joint operation between the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Military Department. The members were deployed to the US-Mexico border.

Governor Doug Burgum deployed the 188th Engineer Company in response to a request from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for states to send available resources to combat illegal activity at the border and ensure the safety and security of all Americans.

The North Dakota National Guard still has approximately 125 members of the 1st Battalion, 112th Aviation Regiment with UH-72A Lakota helicopters serving at the southwest border on federal status in support of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The yearlong deployment began in October 2022 and followed the return of 125 members of the 957th Engineer Company’s Multi-Role Bridge Company.