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Soldiers deliver timber to support reservation communities


CUSTER, S.D. – For 10 years, the timber haul humanitarian mission has been an important part of the Golden Coyote training exercise. The mission provides National Guard and Reserve Soldiers an opportunity to gain valuable training experience and provide a service to Native American tribal communities throughout South Dakota.


That support continues this year as units transport timber to the Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Standing Rock, Cheyenne River and Crow Creek Reservations from June 12-20.


"It's amazing to be able to help the Native American reservations and the state of South Dakota," said Sgt. Mitchell May, team leader, 137th Transportation Company, Kansas National Guard. "Back home, I'm turning a wrench or fixing someone's car, but here I'm doing an even bigger job and it makes you feel a part of something."


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