After nearly four decades, North Dakota will be welcoming a new Land Component Commander to its National Guard. A ceremony was held today to welcome new Commander Col. Leo Ryan and say goodbye to current commander Gen. Robert Fode.
Previous Commander, Gen. Robert Fode, began his career in the National Guard in 1978 giving him 40 years of military experience. New Commander Col. Leo Ryan will be overseeing the state’s nearly 3,000 Army Guardsman. Col. Ryan has over three decades of experience to his new assignment as land commander.
Gen. Fode’s departure was filled with both laughs and tears. Coworkers, friends, and family all gathered to wish him farewell. Although Fode handed over his position this afternoon, he will not officially retire until October.