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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A group of South Dakota National Guard soldiers have been working with some counterparts in Scotland on their vertical engineering skills

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The 40 guard members from South Dakota worked with soldiers from the Territorial Army, Britain's equivalent of a National Guard force, last month in northern Scotland's Highland Wildlife Park during construction of a viewing walkway.

The visit was part of the Army National Guard's Reciprocal Unit Exchange Program.

Col. Tim Moran says it's a cultural and doctrinal program that gives U.S. soldiers an opportunity to learn from NATO partners.

Soldiers from the 153rd Engineer Battalion spent their two-week annual training working with British engineers from the 71 Engineer Regiment.

They built a 150 meter-long, two meter-wide viewing walkway for the park.

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