- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota National Guard will have a female general for the first time in its history.

Col. Giselle “Gigi” Wilz, of Bismarck, is being promoted to brigadier general during a Wednesday afternoon ceremony at the North Dakota Heritage Center.

Wilz has served in the state Guard for 32 years. She enlisted in 1983 as a military police officer with the 191st Military Policy Company. Throughout her career, she has held various leadership positions, most recently as the Guard’s chief of staff.

She will leave this month for a one-year tour in Bosnia, where she will command NATO forces operating in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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