North Dakota National Guard's David Schall, of Bismarck, was promoted to colonel at Raymond J. Bohn Armory, Bismarck, N.D. on Nov. 9 before an audience of fellow Guard members, family and friends. Schall has served in the National Guard for more than 33 years.
Presiding over the promotion ceremony was Brig. Gen. David Anderson, North Dakota Land Component Command commander. Schall's wife Bonnie and children Rachel and Jack assisted with the promotion.
Anderson administered the oath of office immediately after the promotion. The oath of office is traditionally administrated to all commissioned officers in the N.D. National Guard each time they are promoted. The oath re-affirms the officer's commitment to the Constitution of the United States and the State of North Dakota.
"We are all proud of Dave Schall's commitment and 33 years of service to the nation and the state," said Anderson. "He continues to perform exceptionally well and is deserving of this promotion and increased responsibility."
Schall is assigned full-time with Joint Force Headquarters as the deputy chief of staff for logistics. During his long career, he served in both the Quartermaster and Engineer branches. Schall deployed overseas in 1990-91 during operation Desert Storm as the commander of the North Dakota Army National Guard's 131st Quartermaster Detachment from Grafton, N.D.
Schall, a native of Devils Lake, is a graduate of St. Mary's High School, Devils Lake, in May 1979 and a graduate of University of Mary in Bismarck. He resides with his family in Bismarck. David Schall is the son of the late Wendell and Elizabeth Schall, both of Devils Lake.
Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National Guard has mobilized more than 3,900 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 200 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.