Six soldiers from the North Dakota National Guard's 957th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge) were honored on Saturday at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck with a sendoff open house ceremony prior to their overseas assignment in Kuwait. At the open house, Sen. John Hoeven presented a flag from the North Dakota delegation that had flown over the nation's capitol in Washington D.C. for the soldiers to take with them. Shown with the flag are, from left, Rep. Kelly Armstrong, Sen. Hoeven, Staff Sgt. Brent Noonan, Adjutant Gen. Al Dohrmann, Staff Sgt. Johnathon Torfin, 1st Lt. Ryan Blumhagen, Sen. Kevin Cramer, Staff Seg. Taylor Braaten, Sgt. Jesse Drege, Senior Enlisted Leader Eric Binstock, 1st Lt. Ryan Fischer and Gov. Doug Burgum. The six soldiers are Blumhagen, Noonan, Braaten, Torfin, Drege and Fischer. "You six represent a lot of people who have gone before you," said Sen. Hoeven, who recalled being at a sendoff for 175 members of the 957th Engineer Company in 2002.