Special to The Times-Record
Paul Drabus, of Valley City has been promoted to the rank of staff sergeant with the North Dakota Army National Guard. He serves with Detachment 1, Company B, 231st Brigade Support Battalion, a Valley City-based maintenance unit. The promotion comes with the new assignment as a squad leader.
Drabus joined the National Guard in April 1997 and has been trained as a metal worker and utilities equipment repairer.
He served on a 15-month mission to Iraq from December 2003 through February 2005 and on a 12-month mission to Kosovo from 2009-10.
Drabus works for Wiesgram Metal Fab Inc. in West Fargo, N.D., and is the son of Audrey Bredeson, of Valley City, and the late Kelly Drabus.
Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National Guard has mobilized nearly 3,900 Soldiers and more than 1,800 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism. About 70 percent of all members serving today have joined since that time. Currently, more than 300 North Dakota Guardsmen are serving overseas while about 4,000 remain in the state for emergency response and national defense. For every 10,000 citizens in North Dakota, 65 serve in the North Dakota National Guard, a rate that’s more than four times the national average.