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Published November 27 2010

Runck is new brigade leader in National Guard

A new leader took command of the North Dakota Army National Guard’s only deployable brigade-level unit.

Col. Lannie Runck of Fargo officially accepted responsibility of the Fargo-based 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) from Brig. Gen. Alan Dohrmann, during a ceremony Sunday at the Fargo Armed Forces Reserve Center.

Both officers recently returned from a yearlong mobilization to Kosovo, where Runck served as chief of staff and Dohrmann as commander of the U.S.-led Multinational Battle Group-East, part of NATO’s peacekeeping operations in the Balkans.

Nearly 200 soldiers comprise the 141st MEB, which oversees units throughout eastern North Dakota. About 1,600 soldiers who attend drills in Carrington, Wishek, Jamestown, Edgeley, Oakes, Wahpeton, Grand Forks, Valley City and Lisbon fall under the 141st.

Runck is a native of the Casselton, N.D., area. He currently serves in a full-time capacity as officer in charge of the 141st and manages a support staff of nearly 100 people.

He has been a member of the North Dakota Army National Guard since January 1976.