MINOT, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard’s (NDNG) 164th Engineer Battalion promoted two Soldiers during a recent drill in Minot, N.D. Capt. Daniel Claussen, of Dickinson, has been promoted to the rank of major in Headquarters Company, 164th Engineer Battalion. Claussen has been a member of the NDNG for more than 15 years. The promotion brings a new role for him as the operations officer in the battalion, with the responsibilities to plan and execute all battalion operations. In his civilian career, Claussen is an engineer for USDA-NRCS.
Also promoted was Chief Warrant Officer Two Jeffrey Buchweitz, of Minot, has been promoted to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Three in Forward Support Company, 164th Engineer Battalion. Buchweitz has been a member of the NDNG for more than 21 years. The promotion brings a new position in the battalion as engineer equipment maintenance warrant officer, with responsibilities for maintenance of all engineer equipment. In his civilian career, Buchweitz owns and operates Superior Auto.
Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National Guard has mobilized more than 3,800 Soldiers and more than 1,800 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Currently, about 275 North Dakota Guardsmen are serving overseas while more than 4,000 remain in the state for emergency response and national defense. For every 10,000 citizens in North Dakota, 65 serve in the North Dakota National Guard, a rate that’s more than four times the national average.