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Minnesota National Guard
Brig. Gen. David Elicerio replaces Maj. Gen. Richard Nash

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Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, adjutant general for the Minnesota National Guard, presents the 34th Infantry Division colors to Brig Gen David Elicerio during the Oct 2 change of command ceremony

Traffic clogged Highway 3 on Oct 2 as people clamored to witness the installment of Brig Gen David J Elicerio as the new 34th Red Bull Infantry Division commander at the Rosemount Armory

Elicerio replaced Maj. Gen. Richard Nash during the ceremony, which featured Nash passing the unit flag to Elicerio

A Ham Lake resident, Elicerio has a 30-year career with the Minnesota National Guard, serving in numerous senior staff positions, commanding troops at the company, battalion and brigade levels

In 2005, Elicerio headed the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 34th Infantry, which served a record-setting 16 extra months in Iraq during the troop surge

“This division has served us all well and is a critical component to our history and our future,” Elicerio said “I am fully committed to my best effort and challenge each of you to commit to the same as we move through this transition”

Soldiers, family members and officials including Rosemount Mayor Bill Droste attended the ceremony
Droste said it was the first time he had ever attended a changing of the command ceremony, and was impressed with the service, which featured a military band

During the ceremony, Maj. Gen. Nash noted that the band helped create tremendous amounts of good will by learning how to play the Iraqi and Sunni national anthems while they were deployed to Iraq

To Elicerio, Nash said, “I have great confidence in your ability to command these great men and women Your leadership in Iraq was vital to our success, and this assignment is truly well-deserved”

Nash was selected by Gov Tim Pawlenty to become the state’s 30th adjutant general, replacing Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito

Pawlenty has described Nash as a strong, seasoned, conscientious leader who has the skills, heart and history of success to lead the Guard

Nash will oversee about 14,000 troops operating from 63 facilities located throughout Minnesota

Laura Adelmann is at dceditor@frontiernetnet
by Laura Adelmann
Thisweek Newspapers
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