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Published January 11 2009

Jamestown man new ND Guard brigadier general

Seekins assumes role; Sayler, of Fargo, honored upon retirement

BISMARCK – A Jamestown man is the North Dakota National Guard’s newest brigadier general.

William L. Seekins was promoted in ceremonies Saturday at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory.

In October, he assumed duties as the land component commander for the North Dakota Army National Guard, one of the highest positions in the state guard.

Seekins, who enlisted in the National Guard the same year he graduated from high school, has been an officer since 1979. He served in several positions with the 141st Engineer Combat Battalion and then the 142nd Combat Battalion (Heavy).

Since then, he has also been operations officer for the Bismarck-based 164th Engineer Group, including its transition to Engineer Brigade, 34th Infantry Division. For three years, he was the commander of the Minot-based 164th Engineer Combat Battalion (Mechanized), starting in 1999.

During his time as commander, the battalion conducted missions around the world, including in the Marshall Islands, Germany, Italy, Iceland and Canada.

Seekins was training site commander at Camp Grafton near Devils Lake from 2002-04, and his most recent role was commander of the 164th Regional Training Institute at Camp Grafton.

He has a business administration degree from Jamestown College and works at Goodrich Manufacturing. His family, including wife Joanne and three children, include Bill Jr., who is currently a soldier in the U.S. Army.

Three other guardsmen were honored in Bismarck on Saturday upon their retirements. They were Lt. Col. Roger Alan Sayler of Fargo; Lt. Col. Shawn D. Ackre of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Chief Warrant Officer Margaret E. Birney, Mandan.

Also Saturday, the Guard announced Col. Marvin A. Zerr of Harvey has become commander of the North Dakota National Guard’s Army Medical Department, assuming responsibilities from Col. Craig Lambrecht of Bismarck, who commanded the unit from 2007-09.