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51st TC Change of Command and Responsibility Ceremony


Story by Sgt. 1st Class James Lally,  Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs


HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The Soldiers of the 51st Troop Command welcomed their new commander, Col. Ron Cupples and Command Sgt. Maj. J.P. Ryan. at a change of command and change of responsibility ceremony at the Massachusetts National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, Feb. 4, 2017.


Outgoing Commander Col. Paul Melanson, relinquished command and outgoing Command Sgt. Maj. Peter Chase, relinquished responsibility, after a successful command tour during the past three years.


The change of command ceremony is a military tradition and signifies the transition of authority.

(U.S. Army National Guard photos by Sgt. 1st Class James Lally, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs/Released)











Charlie Baker

Governor of Massachusetts

Major General
Gary Keefe

The Adjutant General

Command Sergeant Major
Carlos Ramos Rivera

State Command Sergeant Major


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