SIOUX FALLS, SD (Dakota News Now) – U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson, Governor Noem and other special guests officially welcomed the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 1,742nd Transportation Company to the Sioux Falls Convention Center.
They returned from a 13-month federal deployment in Arizona and assisted US Customs and Border Protection in securing the Southwest Border.
“Those workplaces, those houses should be without them, without those fathers and mothers and hardworking workers. It’s a gift that we can never fully repay, but as a congressman from South Dakota, I want to be here today, look them in the eye and tell them, ‘Thank you,’” said Rep. Dusty Johnson.
The unit commander, Rebecca Roselles, was promoted after 3.5 years with the 1742nd.
“You know them like they’re yours, I don’t want to call them children because they’re not, but you care about them so much and you know what they’re doing at home and at home. Their personal lives and you just want to be there for them,” Roselles said. “To let it go today was a little emotional, again, after three and a half years with them, it’s like, wow, I can’t believe all the things we’ve been through.”
The Guardsmen are now getting used to life back home and expressed pride in representing the US
“It’s an opportunity that not everyone gets to choose, and I’m so glad I chose to be in the South Dakota National Guard just to represent our great state,” said Sgt. Seth Greenough.
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