Today, the North Dakota National Guard’s oldest serving soldier retired. We at KX News believe our men and women in uniform deserve to be honored for the sacrifices they make. That’s why we stopped in Colonel Gordon Leingang’s retirement, where the kind words given were just as abundant as all he’s accomplished.
Col. Gordon Leingang served in the military for 44 years. He is retiring from his position as the Chief Flight Surgeon with the ND Army National Guard.
He said it’s the impact he’s made on younger generations that he’s most proud of.
Col. Gordon Leingang: “So I’ve mentored an awful lot of these kids to where they’re at and I’m very proud of that.”
For those he’s worked alongside, they’ve felt that impact each day they come to work.
Neal Jacobson; retired guardsman: “It was always good ot have someone like Gordy to hear us, as well as to tell us, on the medical side, what we had to do.”
Cpt. Steve Inglish: flight surgeon for the guard “He’s touched so many lives, he means to much to everyone here. It’s truly sad to see him go, but obviously sad to see him go.”
As Col. Leingang said his thank you’s and goodbyes, he used the opportunity to talk about NFL players, like Colin Kaepernick, who take a knee during the national anthem.
Col. Gordon Leingang: “I know what it’s like to have a solider bleed to death in my hands. So I don’t take it lightly when someone disrespects my flag. Having said that, everyone in this audience would agree that every one of us would defend to the death, their right to do that even if we think they’re knuckle heads.”
For the younger generations he mentored, and now leaves behind, it’s with confidence they’ll be “Always ready, always there.”
Col. Gordon Leingang: “The best things I’ve ever done, have been in the military.”
Colonel Leingang served 42 years with the guard, 2 with the marines, had a career in law enforcement, and was a firefighter and paramedic, among many other accomplishments.