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Posted: November 29, 2011 - 9:47pm

Change of command at Camp Ripley

CAMP RIPLEY — The soldiers of F. Company, First Battalion, 189th Aviation Regt, General Support Aviation Battalion, Camp Ripley welcomed a new company commander as Minnesota Army National Guard Cpt. Sean Spencer relinquished command to Minnesota Army National Guard Cpt. Nathan Burr in a ceremony held at Camp Ripley Nov. 19.

“Change of command is a serious business, it is the passing of responsibility and care of the soldiers from one commander to another,” said

Minnesota Army National Guard Lt. Col. Gary Jorgensen, operations officer, 34th Combat Aviation Brigade.

Spencer took command of F. Company in November of 2009 and served as the company commander for two years. In recognition of his service during

this time, Spencer was presented with the Army Commendation Medal by Lt. Col. Gary Jorgenson.

Spencer’s dedications to duty, training and professional leadership were exemplified by the unit’s success in air traffic systems readiness

levels, read the citation on his award. Spencer’s unmatched skills and tireless energy reflect great credit upon himself, F Company 1-189th Aviation Regiment, 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, 34th Infantry Division and the United States Army.

Spencer’s next assignment will be with the 834th ASB where he will act as the intelligence officer and operations officer.

Community Conversation scheduled Saturday

Rising premiums, costly medicine, higher deductibles and other obstacles to affordable medical care will be discussed at a Community Conversation on Health Care Delivery from 1-4 p.m. Saturday in the cafeteria at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

The Community Conversation will be a conversation where participants can discuss the problems they’ve seen or experienced first-hand and hear from other community members about their own experiences.

This event is free and open to the public and is being sponsored by Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition, Minnesota Citizens Organized Act Together and the Brainerd Lakes Area League of Women Voters.