BISMARCK, N.D. — Col. Dave Anderson will be promoted today to the rank of Brig. Gen. at Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck. Promotions to the rank of general are infrequent and reserved for only the highest leadership slots within the Guard. In January, Anderson assumed command of the North Dakota National Guard’s Land Component Command (LCC), which is the Army component of the N.D. National Guard with more than 3,350 Soldiers assigned.
Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general, will preside over the promotion ceremony.
Anderson, a native of Oakes, N.D. graduated from Oaks High School in 1974 and North Dakota State University (NDSU) with a Bachelor in Science Degree. He earned his commission as a 2nd lieutenant thru the NDSU ROTC program. A traditional Guardsman who resides in Bismarck, Anderson has held a myriad of key positions with the Guard to include command of the Fargo, N.D., based 142nd Engineer Battalion during Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment from 2003-2004. Previously, he was assigned as the Army Chief of Staff for the North Dakota National Guard from October 2008 to October 2011.
Anderson is the recipient of received various military awards to including the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement and the North Dakota Legion of Merit.
Dave’s nephew U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Brian Anderson is in flight training at Ft. Rucker, Al., and Dave’s nephew Jason Anderson (brother to Brian) will be commissioned a 2nd Lt. at the University of North Dakota on May 12th. Jason will participate in the promotion ceremony.
WHAT: Col. Dave Anderson promotion to Brig. Gen.
WHERE: Raymond J. Bohn Armory (Room 386), 4200 East Divide Avenue, Bismarck, N.D.
WHEN: 3 p.m. Monday, April 30
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. About 70 percent of all members serving today have joined since that time. Currently, nearly 400 North Dakota Guardsmen are serving overseas while about 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.