BISMARCK An Iraqi war veteran and a member of the National Guard for 30 years assumed duties as the North Dakota Army National Guard's state command sergeant major during a change-of-responsibility ceremony Feb. 7 in the Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck.
As the top enlisted soldier in the N.D. Army National Guard, Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald Miller joins Brig. Gen. William Seekins, the Land Component commander, in helping lead the 3,200 soldiers of the North Dakota Army National Guard. He replaced the outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Jack Cripe Jr., who has served in the position since 2005.
A native of Oakes, Miller enlisted in the N.D. Army National Guard in 1979, serving in key leadership positions with the 141st and 142nd Engineer Combat Battalions. From January 2003 until May 2004, Miller was deployed to Iraq serving as the first sergeant for Headquarters and Service Company, 142nd Engineer Combat Battalion. In 2004, he was appointed as the commandant of the Devils Lake-based 164th Regional Training Institute, a position he held until last month.
Miller is married to the former Linda Drangsholt of Antler and has four sons.