- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Fifteen North Dakota Air National Guard airmen who were deployed to Southwest Asia for six months are coming home.

The airmen are assigned to the Minot-based 219th Security Forces Squadron. They volunteered for the base defense and security operations mission being led by Tech Sgt. Michael Clow.

The national guard says 13 of the airmen are scheduled to return on civilian flights Thursday night. Two more are scheduled to return Friday afternoon.

The group’s mission was to support units in the U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM. Its covers security and military issues in the central area of the globe and includes 20 countries, including Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.

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