6/15/2011 - SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - -- I can't express my thanks enough for the outstanding efforts by all our personnel who have been directly or indirectly involved with our mobilization to State Active Duty.
Contacting all our personnel, and deploying several hundred personnel over a holiday weekend with 24 hours notice was truly remarkable. The citizens of South Dakota asked for our help and you responded immediately.
The communities of Pierre, Fort Pierre, Yankton, Dakota Dunes and others could not have protected themselves in the short time they had without your help. You certainly saved many homes and businesses from destruction and likely many lives with your efforts. There has been an outpouring of praise recognizing your hard work and professionalism throughout the state. You should all be extremely proud of yourselves for what you have accomplished for our friends and neighbors.
I can't properly express the pride I feel as your commander, thanks so much!