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Associated Press, Published January 28 2013

Camp Grafton commander retiring on Thursday

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — The commander of the North Dakota National Guard's Camp Grafton Training Center at Devils Lake is retiring Thursday after 36 years of service.

Col. Dave Rickford joined the Guard in 1976 and began working full-time for the Guard in 1985. He has been in charge at Camp Grafton the past two years.

Camp Grafton has multiple training operations, from a cooking school to demolition ranges.

A retirement ceremony for Rickford was held earlier this month, during which he was awarded the Federal Legion of Merit.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.