An attorney is the new head of the North Dakota National Guard. In a Dec. 13 ceremony, Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann was installed as the state's 21st adjutant general.
A graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law, Dohrmann replaced Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, who has led the Guard since 2006.
In addition to heading the Guard, Dorhmann will serve as director of the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services in his role as adjutant general.
Dohrmann earned a bachelor's degree in law enforcement from Minnesota State University in Mankato in 1983, where he also participated in the Reserve Officers Training Program. On graduation, he accepted a commission as an Army officer, serving in Germany and Japan.
In 1990, he left active duty and enrolled in law school at UND. After his admission to the bar, Dohrmann served as an assistant state's attorney in Grand Forks and Cass Counties.
While in law school, Dohrmann continued his military service as an officer in the N.D. Guard. Over his later Guard career, Dohrmann's assignments included operations officer for the 164th Regional Training Institute; operations officer and executive officer for the 141 Engineer Battalion; staff judge advocate for the North Dakota National Guard; and chief of staff for the North Dakota Joint Force Headquarters.
Dohrmann deployed overseas to Kosovo in 2004-2005, where he served as a military attorney. He returned to Kosovo in 2009-2010 as commanding general of Multinational Task Force East, supporting NATO’s mission in Kosovo. He has been North Dakota's deputy adjutant general since 2007.