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Published September 09, 2012, 09:25 PM

The North Dakota Air National Guard declares its "Hometown Heroes"

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- About 250 members of the North Dakota Air National Guard's 119th Wing are now declared "Hometown Heroes."

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- About 250 members of the North Dakota Air National Guard's 119th Wing are now declared "Hometown Heroes."

The men and women served on active duty for 30 days or more between January 2009 and December 2010.

Senator Hoeven: You are our hometown heroes, and that's true today and that's true everyday.

Clint Lowe is now more than a Senior Master Sergeant...He's a Home Town Hero.

Clint: "It means something, it's nice to have the support, it's nice somebody recognizes it."

Lowe spent 45 days overseas making sure the aircrafts were running properly. He and his wife Janel say those 45 days felt endless and it's good to be home, together, and recognized for both of their sacrifices.

Clint: "People back here, they've got to feed the cats, they've got to take care of the kids, they've got to do all of the various things and that's the important part of your life, you know they're the life support for the guys in the service."

Janel: "You take for granted a lot of things that they do, but when they're gone you really notice that you really need them back."

Governor Jack Dalrymple says today doesn't only represent the consecutive days these men and women spent fighting for our country, it also represents the consecutive days they spent away from their families.

Governor Dalrymple: "Days of missed birthdays, soccer games, that you all stepped up and did what needed to be done."

Dalrymple says the Airmen of the 119th Wing have played a major role in supporting the Global War on Terrorism, and these brave men and women were always and will forever be our hometown heroes.

Since the 2001 Terrorist Attacks, the North Dakota Air National Guard has mobilized nearly 3,900 soldiers.

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