Soldiers activated for deployment

Soldiers activated for deployment Two South Dakota Army National Guard Soldiers have been activated at Camp Rapid as they prepare for deployment in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

Maj. Roy Mortinsen will mobilize in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and will serve with the 29th Combat Support Team as a physician.

This is the second mobilization for Mortinsen. He served with Company B, 109th Medical Battalion of Vermillion from February to August, 2003 in Iraq. Mortinsen is a physician at Sioux Valley Hospital in Vermillion.

Lt. Col. Harold Walker will mobilize in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and deploy with a Regional Corps Embedded Training Team from the Wyoming National Guard, and serve as the G5/7 Future Operations and Plans Officer working with the Afghanistan National Army.

This is a second tour for Walker. He served in Iraq with the 109th Engineer Battalion of Sturgis from January to August 2003. Walker is a public affairs officer for the Joint Force Headquarters of South Dakota in Rapid City.

�I appreciate the support of the South Dakota National Guard leadership,� said Walker. �I am proud to have this opportunity to serve my state and country in the global war on terrorism.�

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