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Joffrey Betoclong, fire lieutenant, Fire Department, Area Support Group-Kuwait, provides a brief of his equipment and capabilities to Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, and U.S. Air Force, Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, adjutant general, Nebraska National Guard, during the governor’s visit to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Aug. 3, 2022. The governor toured the installation and spent time listening and talking with Soldiers and personnel from his home state.

CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT – This week, Governor Pete Ricketts thanked Nebraska National Guard (NNG) Soldiers from the 1057th Military Police Company for their service during a visit to the Middle East. The Governor spoke to Soldiers at Camp Arifjan Army Base in Kuwait to celebrate a rare occurrence—one Nebraska team transferring its command to another detachment of fellow Nebraskans. The Scottsbluff-based team of the 1057th Military Police deployed in October 2021. As they return home, the Kearney-based detachment of the 1057th is carrying on their mission.

The 1057th Company in Chadron also began a year-long mobilization in the Middle East on June 30.

“Twenty-five years ago, Nebraskans in the National Guard rarely deployed overseas,” said Gov. Ricketts. “Today, young women and men who join the Nebraska National Guard not only prepare to be deployed—they expect to be deployed. They’re eager to support U.S. military missions abroad, and they have the training and skills to take on major responsibilities. Congratulations to the first team of the 1057th Military Policy Company for completing a successful deployment. We pray for the safety and success of the second team as they carry on the great work of the Nebraska National Guard in the Middle East.”

Major General Daryl L. Bohac, Adjutant General of the NNG, joined the Governor in thanking members of the Guard for their excellent service.

“Although nowhere on our uniform does it say ‘Nebraska’ when we serve overseas with our U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force fellows, our Soldiers and Airmen of the Nebraska National Guard distinguish themselves through their skillful and dedicated service,” said Maj. Gen. Bohac. “They represent the people of our great state exceedingly well and make all of us proud.”

The 1057th Military Police Company has been providing law enforcement at Camp Arifjan. Given the large size of the base, people enter it every day to provide routine services such as delivering food and supplies or collecting trash. Everyone who works on the base—whether they are contractors, military personnel, State Department diplomats, or local service providers—requires background checks and regular screening. The Nebraska National Guard is performing this work at Camp Arifjan to secure the base and ensure law and order.

Currently, there are 425 Soldiers and Airmen from the Nebraska National Guard supporting U.S. military missions around the world. For updates on the Nebraska National Guard’s great work—both in Nebraska and around the world—follow its Facebook page at facebook.com/NebraskaNationalGuard.

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