National Guard soldiers return home


Today dozens of family and friends welcomed home a few soldiers from the North Dakota National Guard.

The Bismarck Airport had quite the welcome crew today, all to give our National guard a happy homecoming.

Brigadier General Giselle Wilz is the first female general officer in the North Dakota National Guard. Wilz spent the past two years in Bosnia, where she and a small team spent their time on defense and security sector reform.

She says now that she’s home, she plans to spend plenty of quality time with her family and friends and then she’s off to Washington D.C. for a 6 month tour.

Brig Gen Giselle Wilz: “I was the NATO Commander in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and I had a small team that I was able to take with me… Helping the armed forces of Bosnia get up to the standards of NATO miliarty organizations.”

Wilz bodyguard, who was also on a 2 year deployment with her says, like Wilz, he’s looking forward to making up for lost time.

Sgt. Christopher Hickel: “Just spending time with my son mostly. He was 3 when I left, now he’s 5. I just can’t wait to catch up and see everything he’s learned and what he’s doing now.”

Sgt. Hickel said he doesn’t have any deployments planned, just some much needed time at home.

Both soliders made sure to thank the North Dakota National Guard for their experience in Bosnia.

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