N.D. National Guard to Honor Change in Enlisted Leaders

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Command Sergeants MajorBISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard will honor three senior non-commissioned officers while observing changes in leadership on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Raymond J. Bohn armory, Bismarck. The public and media are invited.

At 11 a.m. Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general for the North Dakota National Guard, will preside over a change of responsibility ceremony for the Guard’s senior enlisted leader (SEL) position. Relinquishing duties is Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Binstock who’s served in the position since January 2019. Assuming these duties is Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Magnuson who will become the North Dakota National Guard’s fifth SEL.

Later that day at 2 p.m., Brig. Gen. Jon Erickson, commander, N.D. Army National Guard, will preside over a second change of responsibility ceremony in which Binstock will assume the duties of the state command sergeant major (SCSM) from Command Sgt. Maj. Derek Heck. Heck, the 11th SCSM, who has served in this full-time position since December 2019, will be recognized at a retirement ceremony at 3 p.m.

The change of responsibility ceremonies will be livestreamed from the North Dakota National Guard’s homepage.

The SEL, who along with the adjutant general, serve as the command team for the joint North Dakota Army and Air National Guard headquarters. The SEL serves as the principal policy advisor for all enlisted matters concerning Soldiers and Airmen. This is a part-time, or traditional position.

The SCSM is the fulltime primary senior advisor to the adjutant general and North Dakota Army National Guard commander regarding all Soldier enlisted matters and is a member of the North Dakota Army National Guard command team. The SCSM enforces policies and standards of performance, training, appearance, and conduct of enlisted Soldiers. He will advise on a variety of topics, including recruiting, retention, training, resiliency, family support, community events, education, and employment for the state’s Army Guardsmen.  

Binstock enlisted in the North Dakota National Guard in 1991 and has served in leadership positions including first sergeant, as well as brigade and battalion-level command sergeant major before assuming duties as the SEL. In 2003, he deployed overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and in 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  

Magnuson enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps in 1989 as an avionics technician where he served for five years. In 1994, he joined the North Dakota Army National Guard as a carpentry/masonry specialist. He’s served in several key leadership positions to include first sergeant and command sergeant major for two battalions. His last assignment before assuming SEL duties is command sergeant major for the Fargo-based 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. He deployed overseas with the 142nd Engineer Battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003-2004.  

Heck enlisted in the North Dakota Army National Guard in 1991 as a scout helicopter repairer. He’s held many leadership positions to include command sergeant major at the battalion and brigade-level before assuming the full-time duties of the SCSM. In 2009-2010, Heck deployed with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Assault Regiment for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.  

     WHO: The North Dakota National Guard

     WHAT:

         11:00 a.m. Change of responsibility ceremony for senior enlisted leader

         2:00 p.m. Change of responsibility ceremony for state command sergeant major

         3:00 p.m. Retirement ceremony for Command Sgt. Maj. Derek Heck  

     WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 (Times above)  

     WHERE: Raymond J. Bohn armory

                        4200 Miriam Avenue

                        Bismarck, N.D.   

The change of responsibility ceremonies will be livestreamed on the North Dakota National Guard’s homepage: www.ndguard.nd.gov.

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The North Dakota National Guard is a trained and highly motivated force of about 4,000 Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen.  We are always prepared to provide ready units, individuals and equipment in support of our communities, state and nation.  Always ready, always there.

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