Change of duty

Soldiers of the North Dakota Army National Guard formally recognized a new state command sergeant major during a change of responsibility ceremony Dec. 9 at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck.

Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Heim relinquished duties as the state's top enlisted leader and retired after more than 30 years of service. Command Sgt. Maj. David Lien assumed responsibility as the North Dakota Army National Guard's 10th state command sergeant major.

Lien will be the principal senior adviser to the Army commander on enlisted affairs of the North Dakota Army National Guard.

Lien, of Bismarck, began his career in the Guard in 1986 with Company C, 164th Engineer Battalion, enlisting as a combat engineer. In 1994, he transferred to Company A, 141st Engineer Combat Battalion, where he started working full-time for the organization. From 1994 to 2006, Lien held a variety of positions within the unit, including administrative noncommissioned officer, readiness noncommissioned officer, squad leader, supply sergeant and training noncommissioned officer. He served as the unit's operations sergeant during a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. Lien again deployed in 2009 as the intelligence sergeant major with the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade during a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo.

Skager in position

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kiel Skager assumed responsibility as the North Dakota Army National Guard’s fourth command chief warrant officer in a ceremony Dec. 9 at the Raymond J. Armory in Bismarck.

His predecessor, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Shelly Sizer, retired after nearly 40 years of service.

As command chief warrant officer, Skager, of Bismarck, will serve as the personal adviser to the North Dakota adjutant general and the North Dakota National Guard Army Component commander and his staff.

Skager began his career in the North Dakota Army National Guard in 1984 when he enlisted as an administrative specialist. He spent 15 years serving as an enlisted soldier before graduating from Warrant Officer Candidate School in 1999 and commissioning as a military personnel technician in the state's Joint Force Headquarters. Skager later joined the organization's Information Technology Division and became a trained and certified member of its Computer Network Defense Team.

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