Forum staff reports, Published September 14 2012
Change of Command Sunday at ND Guard
After leading the brigade since 2010, Col. Lannie Runck will step down, and Col. Giselle Wilz will take the helm.
Runck, 54, joined the North Dakota Army National Guard in 1976 and was commissioned as an officer July 28, 1984. The Casselton native served in several North Dakota units as both an engineer and air defense artillery officer.
In March 2007, he deployed to Iraq, where he was assigned by the Gulf Region Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the director of the Joint Reconstruction Operations Center until returning home in March 2008. Runck deployed again in August 2009, serving as the chief of staff for Task Force Falcon, Multi-National Battle Group-East in Kosovo.
Wilz, 45, of Bismarck, joined the National Guard in 1983 and is the first woman in the history of the North Dakota Army National Guard to rise to the rank of “full bird” colonel.
The Richardton native was commissioned an officer in 1986 and now serves full time as the North Dakota Army National Guard’s deputy chief of staff for operations. She has served in several North Dakota units as both a quartermaster and engineer officer. She deployed to the Middle East for Operation Desert Storm in 1990 and also served in Kosovo from 2009-10 as the operations officer for the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.