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55th CST Change of Command

June 3, 2011 was as a day of change for the 55th Civil Support Team, 84th Troop Command, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota National Guard in St Paul, Minn, as Commander Lt. Col. Jody Gunlock passed the lead to incoming Commander Maj Robb Mattila

Gunlock is retiring in June after 30 years of service beginning in 1981 as an infantryman with the 82nd Airborne

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Mattila, who received his commission in 1995, was Assistant Professor of Military Science for the Saint John's University ROTC program as the Recruiting Operations Officer and most recently served as the Deputy Commander with the Croatian-Minnesota, Multi-National Combat Support Operations Mentoring and Liaison Team, in Afghanistan

Col William Lieder, commander, 84th Troop Command, passed the colors to Mattila as part of the ceremony to give him command of the CST He also awarded Gunlock the Meritorious Service Medal

"Since taking command Sept 29, 2008, Lt. Col. Gunlock has been an excellent example of the kind of leadership we have today by becoming the face of the 55th CST," said Lieder "This metaphorical face was fostered by creating relationships with the: FBI, US Coast Guard and Minneapolis Bomb Squad, to name a few"

Civil Support Teams perform duties in support of emergency preparedness programs to prepare for or respond to emergencies involving the use or threatened use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction, a terrorist attack or threatened terrorist attack that results in or could result in catastrophic loss of life or property, the intentional or unintentional release of nuclear, biological, radiological or toxic or poisonous chemicals that result in or could result in catastrophic loss of life or property, or a natural or manmade disaster that results in or could result in catastrophic loss of life or property


Story by Sgt John Angelo

Minnesota National Guard

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