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Forum staff reports, Published April 13 2014

New leader for ND National Guard’s Army Component Command

BISMARCK – As a former commander retired from his post Sunday, the next leader of the North Dakota National Guard’s Army Component Command was welcomed at a ceremony here.

A formal retirement ceremony was held Sunday for Brig. Gen. David Anderson, who has commanded the state’s Army National Guard with more than 3,350 soldiers since January 2012 and held several leadership positions in engineer units throughout the branch during his more than 30-year career.

The Oakes, N.D., native began his military service in 1981 as a second lieutenant through North Dakota State University’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

The new leader of the ACC, Col. Robert Fode, was welcomed to the post during a change of command ceremony Sunday.

Fode has served in the military for more than 30 years, enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1978 as a truck driver and since serving in several leadership positions.