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Minnesota National Guard
Lt. Col. Wiens assumes command of the Bearcats

Past commanders and other distinguished guests joined friends and family on June 25, 2010 at the Moorhead Armory for the Change-of-Command Ceremony of the Moorhead-based 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment

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After almost 30 months of commanding the battalion, known as the "Bearcats", Lt. Col. Andrew Engelhardt is passing the unit colors on to Lt. Col. Mark Wiens Engelhart's time as commander included two major flood fight operations "I have spent more time in uniform with this Battalion than any other, and truly consider 2-136 home," said Engelhardt as he bid farewell to his unit and welcomed the incoming commander "I will always be proud to have been the Bearcat Commander for such a wonderful group of soldiers"

Battalion Command Sgt Maj Marcus Erickson passed the unit's colors to Engelhardt for the last time The colors symbolize the commander's authority, representing his responsibility to the organization

Lt. Col. Engelhardt thanked many of his staff members for enabling the Battalion to succeed during very demanding training cycles He urged his successor to "challenge your soldiers, they will not disappoint you"

"Thank you to LTC Engelhardt for an outstanding job," said Col Gary Olson, Deputy Commander of the 1/34th BCT and a former Bearcat Commander "Although he will be missed, we know that the Battalion is in good hands with Lt. Col. Wiens"

A moment later, Olson passed the colors to Wiens, signifying the new Commander's authority

"In whatever missions we find ourselves in, we Bearcats will take the high ground " tactically, technologically, and morally"said Wiens to the audience upon assuming Command

Engelhardt's new assignment will be as the Civil Affairs Officer for the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division

By 1st Lt Michael Obach
2-136 CAB
25 June 2010

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