MG DAVID A. SPRYNCZYNATYK
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Major General David A. Sprynczynatyk assumed the duties of the Adjutant General of North Dakota on August 26th, 2006. The adjutant general commands 4,500 North Dakota Air and Army National Guard men and women, with approximately 1100 full time federal and state employees. He is responsible for federal and state missions, is the Director of the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services consisting of two Divisions; the Division of Homeland Security and the Division of State Radio Communications.
The General's military service began in 1972, when he enlisted as a Photographer in the 116th Public Information Detachment of the North Dakota Army National Guard. In 1978, he received a direct commission to First Lieutenant in the 164th Engineer Group. He was also the Operations Officer and Company Commander in the 164th Engineer Group. In the 231st Engineer Battalion he held positions as the Executive Officer and S-3. In Headquarters, State Area Command he held positions as the Officer Candidate School Commandant; Operations Officer; Plans and Operations Officer; Director, Plans, Operations, and Training; and Deputy Commander. He was the Commander, 68th Troop Command prior to being named the Assistant Adjutant General for Army in June 2000.
General Sprynczynatyk has received several decorations including the Meritorious Service Medal (with one bronze oak leaf cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (with one bronze oak leaf cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (with one silver oak leaf cluster and 3 bronze oak leaf clusters), the Humanitarian Service Medal (with one bronze service star), and the Army Staff Identification Badge. He is also a recipient of the North Dakota Legion of Merit Medal.
Major General Sprynczynatyk graduated from Wilton High School, Wilton, North Dakota in 1968 and from North Dakota State University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He graduated from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, in 1998. General Sprynczynatyk started his career in government in 1972 with the State Water Commission, ultimately becoming the State Engineer in 1989. Governor Hoeven appointed him North Dakota's Director of Transportation in January 2001.
General Sprynczynatyk is a Registered Professional Engineer and a member of both the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He was elected president of the Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials in 2005 and elected vice-president of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials in 2005.
General Sprynczynatyk is a member and past president of the Far West Rotary Club, a member of the Board of Directors of the Gateway to Science Center and a member of the executive board of the Northern Lights Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife Connie have two children, Thomas and Cathryn. Thomas is married to the former Rebecca Franck of Casselton, North Dakota.