Minot-based Army National Guard company to receive Valorous Unit Award

Photo courtesy: Jory Stevenson

MINOT, N.D. – A Minot-based engineering Company with the Army National Guard credited with disabling hundreds of explosive devices during Operation Iraqi Freedom will be honored for their efforts during a special ceremony this weekend.

Company A, 164th Engineer Battalion, received the Valorous Unit Award, and will be formally presented with it Saturday.

The company, made up of 122 members, was deployed from Nov. 2005 to Nov. 2006, and was tasked with clearing and ensuring the safety of main supply routes used by friendly forces.

They located and disabled roughly 450 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), and successfully patrolled nearly 84,000 miles of routes.

One Company member, 21-year-old Spc. Michael L. Hermanson, of Fargo, gave his life for his country when his vehicle came under fire during a route-clearing mission.

The ceremony is Sat., Sept. 14, at 10 a.m., at the Minot Armed Forces Reserve Center, 3450 2nd Street NE in Minot.

Anyone with questions should contact Maj. Amber Schatz at 701-426-5205.