- Associated Press - Monday, March 9, 2015

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - A Bismarck woman has assumed command of the North Dakota National Guard’s Camp Grafton Training Center near Devils Lake.

Col. Jackie Huber on Saturday took control of the Guard’s 164th Regiment Regional Training Institute. She succeeds Col. Leo Ryan, who is taking command of the Fargo-based 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade next month.

Huber serves full time as the North Dakota Guard’s human resources officer. She enlisted in 1989, has served with several units and deployed to the Middle East twice, in 1990 and 2003.

The training center at Camp Grafton - a sprawling complex covering about 17 square miles south of Devils Lake - provides courses for thousands of soldiers each year in military engineering, food service and water treatment. It also hosts Officer Candidate School for North Dakota Guardsmen.

The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command last year designed the training center as an “institute of excellence.”

“Col. Ryan has successfully led this dynamic organization which continues to set high standards within the U.S. Army education community,” said Army Land Component Commander Col. Robert Fode, who presided over the weekend change-of-command ceremony. “We welcome Col. Huber and challenge her to continue to provide the outstanding Soldiers of the 164th RTI the great leadership that they deserve.”

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