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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

In a traditional change of command ceremony, Lieutenant Colonel Keith Robinson took the reigns from Major Jody Guidry as commander of the 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment of the Louisiana National Guard this weekend.

"This is a great honor," said Robinson. "To lead this great group of soldiers."

Guidry served as commander of the battalion for the past two years.

Robinson has an extensive career in military service. After enlisting in the Army Reserves in 1984, he joined the Louisiana National Guard one year later. During his time, he's served in a number of positions including Fire Support Officer, Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Leader and Deputy State Inspector General.

The decorated lieutenant colonel has awards from his time in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq, among others.

"The commitment of National Guard soldiers is the best part," said Robinson. "They get calls in the middle of the night to go serve and they do."

Robinson, having worked with Guidry for years, said the best piece of advice passed down to him is, "Take care of your soldiers." 

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