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Staudinger selected

Scott Staudinger, Bismarck, has been named the Central Region representative to the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve national board of directors.

This is an official Department of Defense volunteer position. Staudinger’s appointment ends Sept. 30, 2021.

The Central Region encompasses North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio.

Staudinger is a vice president at Cloverdale Foods Co. in Mandan. He has a master’s degree from Minot State University’s School of Business, two bachelor’s degrees from Dickinson State University and an associate’s degree from North Dakota State College of Science. He also spent 20 years in the military.

Fetch gets award

Vern Fetch, past state and regional chairman of the North Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, military outreach volunteer and an ESGR contractor, is a recipient of the Seven Seals Award, the broadest and most exclusive award given by ESGR.

Fetch was a federal ESGR volunteer for North Dakota for 17 years beginning in 2001 until he retired from the NDESGR in April. During this time, Fetch also served on the Governor’s Military Task Force and made numerous presentations and appearances across the state representing ESGR.

“The Seven Seals award recognizes outstanding individual contributions to the mission of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve,” said Delton Steele, state ESGR chair. “Even though now retired from the ND ESGR at the age of 83, he (Fetch) will always continue to be a proponent and supporter of ESGR.”

Ryan promoted

Col. Leo Ryan, of Jamestown, has been promoted to brigadier general. Ryan assumed command of the North Dakota National Guard’s Land Component Command last month.

Ryan brings more than three decades of experience to his new assignment as land component commander. He enlisted in 1985 as a bridge crewman with the 957th Engineering Company. He graduated from Officer Candidate School in 1992 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He has held a number of leadership positions, including commanding the Grand Forks-based 1st Battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment; the N.D. Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School and the 164th Regiment Regional Training Institute, both at Camp Grafton.

In 1990, he deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm as a squad leader with the 132nd Quartermaster Company. He deployed again in 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the executive officer for the 164th Engineer Battalion.

In his civilian profession, Ryan is an owner and practicing attorney of Dalsted and Ryan P.C., which has offices in Jamestown and Carrington.

Command change

The 219th Security Forces Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, welcomed only its second commander during a change of command ceremony last month at Minot Air Force Base.

Maj. Greg Goodman was sworn in as commander and took over for Lt. Col. Tad Schauer, who had been with the unit since 2007 and was named commander at its official activation in 2008. Schauer has taken a position at the North Dakota National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters in Bismarck.

The 219th Security Forces Squadron is a geographically separate unit from the North Dakota Air National Guard, headquartered in Fargo. Since 2007, the unit has been providing security to the missile fields of Minot’s 91st Missile Wing while working jointly with its active duty counterparts. In 2013, the 219th was the first reserve component squadron to assume complete control of missile field security.

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