AUGUSTA, Maine — A change of command ceremony was held Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Maine Army Aviation Support Facility in Bangor. For the first time in Maine Army National Guard history, a female colonel assumed command of a battalion. Col. Diane Dunn of Newburg will officially take over for the 120th Regional Support Battalion, after serving as the deputy commander since December.
Dunn replaces Col. Hamilton Richards who will continue to serve the Maine Army National Guard as the Deputy Chief of Staff- Logistics.
Brig. Gen. James D. Campbell, the Adjutant General of Maine, said Sunday’s ceremony was an important historical event for Maine.
“[Sunday’s] Change of Command between Col. Hamilton Richards and Col. Dianne Dunn, represents a significant turning point in the history of the Maine Army National Guard. The 120th Regional Support Group has just returned from a major national training event and performed exceptionally well,” said Campbell. “Col. Dunn has some big shoes to fill but I am confident she will lead the unit to new heights and further solidify its reputation of excellence.”