UM President sworn in to Montana Army National Guard

    The University of Montana President Seth Bodnar was sworn into the Montana Army National Guard on Tuesday in Fort Harrison. Photo: Montana Army National Guard

    University of Montana President Seth Bodnar has been sworn in to the Montana Army National Guard.

    The Missoulian reports Maj. Gen. Matthew Quinn swore Bodnar in to service Tuesday, and in a news release Thursday, announced "Maj. Seth Bodnar" as the Montana Guard's newest officer.

    Bodnar, a former U.S. Army Green Beret and West Point valedictorian, says he's "honored" to continue his service.

    Bodnar has been a member of the U.S. Army Reserve since leaving active duty in the U.S. Army.

    Master Sgt. Michael Touchette says Bodnar likely will be assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters, "not a highly deployable asset."

    If Bodnar gets called to work on a natural disaster in Montana, Touchette says he'd probably be working in an administrative capacity out of Missoula, managing resources or planning missions or supporting logistics.

    The following was sent out by the Montana Army National Guard:

    University of Montana President, Seth Bodnar, was sworn into the Montana Army National Guard Tuesday, at Fort Harrison, by Maj. Gen. Matthew Quinn, the Adjutant General.

    Maj. Gen. Quinn and President Bodnar met in the spring of 2018. During their conversation, they discussed Bodnar’s teaching experience at West Point and his current membership in the Army Reserves.

    “Over the course of several meetings, we discussed the possibility of him transferring to the Montana National Guard,” said Quinn. “Today I am proud to announce the Montana Guard’s newest officer, Maj. Seth Bodnar.”

    "Montanans have a long history of service in our nation's military. In fact, our state has one of the highest per capita veteran populations in the United States. Since I left active duty in the US Army, I've been a member of the US Army Reserve, and I'm honored today to continue my service by transferring into the Montana National Guard and joining the long line of Montanans who have so bravely and selflessly served both our great state and this nation," said Bodnar.

    Bodnar has led a well decorated military career. He has served in the 101st Airborne Division and the US Army’s First Special Forces Group. He has also instructed at West Point assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences, where he is still a visiting faculty member.

    He currently serves as the 19th President for the University of Montana, and began his duties on January 2, 2018.

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