ND National Guard's 81st Civil Support Team welcomes new commander

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota National Guard's 81st Civil Support Team has welcomed a new commander to its Fraine Barracks headquarters.

Lt. Col. Pat R. Flanagan will assume duties from Lt. Col. Lila L Teunissen who has commanded the unit since July 2017.

The change of command ceremony represents the formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding officer to another. Teunissen says,

“It's exciting to start a new chapter in my life, it's obviously sad because I've made a lot of friends, and it's scary because I’ve known exactly what I’m going to wear for 23 years," said Teunissen.

Teunissen also says she has faith in the new commander and her plans are to become a professional dog trainer in the near future.