The South Dakota National Guard will send 125 soldiers to the United States border with Mexico as part of a federal government mission.
The soldiers are members of the South Dakota National Guard’s 1742nd Transportation Company, stationed in Sioux Falls and Flandreau. These soldiers will be deployed for up to nine to twelve months. This deployment is in addition to the state active duty deployment that Governor Noem announced last week that was funded by a private donor. The latest National Guard deployment will be paid for with federal funds.
The guard members will provide non-law enforcement support to U.S. customs agents as part of the government’s Southwest Border mission. About 3,000 Guard members from several states are involved in the mission.
July 8, 2021