A new senior enlisted leader will assume the role as advisor to the North Dakota adjutant general on all matters relating to the North Dakota National Guard's 4,000 Soldiers and Airmen. Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Nelson will formally relinquish duties to Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Binstock during a change of responsibility ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory.

Following the change of responsibility, Nelson will be honored during a retirement ceremony after nearly 37 years of military service, 22 of which were with the North Dakota National Guard. Both events are open to the public. Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, North Dakota adjutant general, will preside over the change of responsibility ceremony.

As the senior enlisted leader, Binstock will be responsible for morale, welfare, discipline, performance, training, awards, recruiting, retention, equal opportunity, promotions and assignments for North Dakota's enlisted Guard members.

Binstock, of Argusville, North Dakota, began his military service in 1991 when he enlisted into the North Dakota Army National Guard as a heavy-wheel vehicle mechanic with the Mott-based 816th Engineer Support Company. Binstock has held a multitude of positions while serving in the North Dakota Army National Guard, including assignments as squad leader, training noncommissioned officer (NCO), detachment readiness NCO, administration NCO, supply NCO, platoon sergeant, recruiting and retention NCO, Fargo recruiting station commander, first sergeant and command sergeant major.

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