The Commission: Meet the Commissioners
Commissioner Brian P. Kalk
Dr. Brian Kalk won the endorsement for the Public Service Commission after a spirited contest at the Republican State Convention in March of 2008. He was elected Public Service Commissioner in the November election.
Brian brings a wealth of education, experience, and expertise to the Public Service Commission. During the campaign, he focused on all aspects of the mission of the Commission. Dr. Kalk connected with the voters who agreed with the Fargo Forum when it endorsed his election by stating that he was the “Perfect Fit” for the PSC.
His educational background and experience is exceptional. He was born and raised in Bottineau, North Dakota and graduated from Bottineau High School in 1984. Brian enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1987. As an enlisted man, he served around the world as a communication non-commissioned officer. He deployed and served in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm resulting in the liberation of Kuwait.
While in the Marine Corps, he received his Bachelors' Degree in Political Science from Campbell University, N.C., and was then selected to Officers Candidate School and commissioned in Quantico, Va. As a Logistics Officer he participated in numerous operations and exercises at home and abroad, to include the evacuations of the American Embassies in Liberia and the Central African Republic.
In June 1999, Major Kalk was selected to the Marine Corps Advanced Degree Program; returned to North Dakota and earned his Masters in Environmental Engineering from North Dakota State University. Brian was then assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton as the Base Environmental Compliance Officer in 2001.
In February 2003, Major Kalk deployed as the Forward Operations Officer for Transportation Support Group One, providing critical logistics support to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Kuwait and Iraq during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. During the summer of 2003 he returned to North Dakota and assumed command of the Fargo Military Entrance Processing Station until his retirement. During that time he received his Doctorate in Natural Resource Management from North Dakota State University.
Upon his retirement, he was hired by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at NDSU. While at NDSU, he taught a variety of courses in Political Science, Transportation and Logistics, and Natural Resource Management.
Brian is a member of the North Dakota State Soil Conservation Committee. He has remained very active in service organizations, such as the American Legion, the Marine Corps League, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. His Military Awards and Decorations are as follows:
- Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- Presidential Unit Citation
- The USMC Good Conduct Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Exped Medal
- Volunteer Service Medal
- Navy and USMC Commendation Medal
- Joint Meritorious Unit Citation
- National Defense Service Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
- Sea Service Deployment Ribbons
- Navy and USMC Achievement Medal
- Navy Unit Citation
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
- Armed Forces Service Medal
- NATO Medal
- The Combat Action Ribbon
- Meritorious Unit Citation
- Southwest Asia Service Medal
- Humanitarian Service Medal
- Kuwait Liberation Medals
Brian is passionate about North Dakota. He brings a lifelong commitment to our nation and our state. He knows, first hand, that energy independence is an absolute necessity in the world of the 21st Century. He believes that our state's plentiful natural resources should be utilized for the benefit of all our state and nation. He is committed to ensuring that everyone in North Dakota, consumers and producers alike, benefit from our abundant natural resources. Brian will use his experience and expertise to move North Dakota forward. Brian is married to Karen Nelson, formerly of Anamoose and Wyndmere; they have one daughter Jordee Sue.
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