News: Guard honors Jundt upon retirement, welcomes Sizer
Story by Staff Sgt. Eric Jensen
BISMARCK, N.D. - After 42 years of service to his state and nation, Chief Warrant Officer 5 David Jundt, of Bismarck, is retiring.
Since April 2005, he has served as the senior warrant officer in the North Dakota National Guard. As he leaves the service, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Shelly Sizer, also of Bismarck, assumes the role of the state command chief warrant officer.
The change of responsibility took place during a traditional ceremony today at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory in Bismarck.
"As we gather here today, we're recognizing nearly 80 years of combined experience between these two leaders. Their service to our state has been astounding," said Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general. "While we will miss Chief Jundt's leadership, we could not have found a better new state command chief warrant officer than Chief Sizer."
Jundt enlisted in the North Dakota Army National Guard in 1971, as a construction equipment mechanic with the former 816th Engineer Company Support Equipment Company. He served in various maintenance roles in different units and rose to the rank of sergeant first class before becoming a chief warrant officer two in October 1985. He was one of the last Guardsmen to receive a direct appointment as a warrant officer. Before being named the state's second state command chief warrant officer, he served with the Command Maintenance Evaluation Team, known as the COMET.
Beyond his career as a traditional Guardsman, Jundt also served full-time in the Guard from December 1988 until his retirement as a federal technician this past March.
"There are so many people to thank for my longevity and success in the North Dakota Army National Guard," Jundt said as he addressed the crowd gathered for the ceremony. "Thanks to the great support of my fellow soldiers and my family, I've truly enjoyed my military service. It has been an honor to serve in this great organization."
Jundt's wife, Jan, also was honored during the ceremony for her service as a military spouse. The couple's children include Tressa McMahon and her husband, Capt. David McMahon, who also serves in the North Dakota National Guard, and their children, Jillian and Megan; Kelli Hammerseng and her husband, Marcus, and their children Emily and Ethan; and Amy Dahlquist and her husband, Andy.
Sizer enlisted in 1978, serving in the personnel section of the former Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 141st Engineer Combat Battalion in Valley City, N.D. She advanced to the rank of staff sergeant before transferring to the former Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment of the 231st Engineer Battalion in Bismarck, where she was promoted to the rank of warrant officer. She served at the Regional Training Institute in Devils Lake, N.D., before returning to Bismarck in 2000. She was deployed from 2009-2010 as part of the North Dakota Army National Guard's peacekeeping mission in Kosovo.
Sizer, who has served 18 years as a full-time federal technician with the Guard, is the resilience, risk reduction and suicide prevention manager for the North Dakota Army National Guard. Her father, retired Master Sgt. Gordon Jewett served in the North Dakota National Guard, as well; Jewett and his wife, Karen, live in Valley City. Sizer also is the daughter of the late Treonne Kramer and Earl Kramer, of Rogers, N.D.