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153rd receives national recognition for family engagement

PARKSTON -- For the fifth time in the past six years, the Huron and Parkston-based 153rd Engineer Battalion and Forward Support Company received a national award for family engagement and support.

PARKSTON - For the fifth time in the past six years, the Huron and Parkston-based 153rd Engineer Battalion and Forward Support Company received a national award for family engagement and support.

This week, the 153rd received the Reserve Family Readiness Award (RFRA) for the Army National Guard in Washington, D.C.

The award is presented to one unit from each reserve component that demonstrates excellence in engagement with members' families, according to a press release from the South Dakota National Guard. Units represented are the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and the Coast Guard Reserve.

"Every Soldier that deploys needs to feel assured that their family is taken care of," said Lt. Col. Dennis Bickett, 153rd commander. "Having an excellent family readiness group goes to great lengths to assuage concerns that deployed soldiers have for their families back home. This award demonstrates that fantastic job the Headquarters and Forward Support Company Family Readiness Group did while the 153rd was deployed to the Middle East."

The 153rd deployed to the Middle East from November 2016 to September 2017 and provided command and control and logistical support to other units.

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