New leader assumes command of ND Guard’s Land Component
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A new leader has taken over at the North Dakota National Guard’s Land Component Command.
Col. Leo Ryan was welcomed at a change-of-command ceremony Sunday at Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck.
Ryan takes over from Brig. Gen. Robert Fode, who retires next month. Nearly 3,000 North Dakota Army National Guard soldiers are assigned to the LCC.
Fode has commanded the Land Component since April 2014 and is concluding a four-decade-long military career. The native of Mobridge, South Dakota, enlisted in the Guard in 1978 as a motor transport operator. Fode commanded the 141st Engineer Combat Battalion from December 2003 to February 2005 during the unit’s deployment to Iraq.
Ryan has more than three decades of experience. He enlisted in 1985 as a bridge crewman with the 957th Engineering Company.