200th will be home Saturday


by Katie Zerr

The soldiers of Detachment 2 of the 200th Engineering Company will be home on Saturday, May 12, possibly in the early afternoon.

Officials have been notified that the unit will leave New York early Saturday morning and arrive in South Dakota sometime before 10 a.m. There will be a deactivation ceremony at Riggs High School and the soldiers will be dismissed after that ceremony.

The soldiers and their families will then caravan back to Mobridge for the parade and welcome home ceremony.
The parade route has changed from the original plan, with the soldiers riding a flatbed trailer from east of Mobridge on Grand Crossing, down Main Street and back, out on West Grand Crossing and across on 12th Street back to Mobridge-Pollock High School.

There will be a short ceremony at the Mobridge-Pollock High School gym before the soldiers are dismissed.

The 200th, a multi-role bridging company, has spent year serving at Fort Leatherneck in Afghanistan, building, operating, maintaining and protecting bridging systems for Coalition Forces in the region.

The 200th suffered a casualty while serving this tour as Specialist Dennis G. Jensen, 21, of Sioux Falls died from injuries suffered while working with bridge materials near Camp Leatherneck. The death was accidental in nature and was not combat related.

Jensen, of Vermillion, was struck by two steel bridge decking panels that fell from a forklift when a securing strap broke.
This is the second time in 10 years the unit has served in the Middle East. In 2003 the 200th served in Iraq at Fort Warhorse during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
– Katie Zerr –

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