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Fries takes command of the 131st Medical Group

Lt. Col. Patti Fries receives the 131st Medical Group guidon from Col Mike Francis, 131st Bomb Wing Commander, during the assumption of command ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Jan 10. “You deserve nothing less than my best, and I’ll give it to you, that is my promise,” said Fries.
(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany Cannon)

Lt. Col. Patti Fries receives the 131st Medical Group guidon from Col Mike Francis, 131st Bomb Wing Commander, during the assumption of command ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Jan 10. “You deserve nothing less than my best, and I’ll give it to you, that is my promise,” said Fries. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany Cannon)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo -- Lt. Col. Patti L. Fries assumed command of the 131st Medical Group during a ceremony here during drill weekend Jan. 10.

"You deserve nothing less than my best, and I'll give it to you, that is my promise," said Fries in her remarks after taking the group guidon from Col. Michael Francis, 131st Bomb Wing commander.

"We are the maintainers of the most valuable Air Force asset: the people," said Fries of the medical professionals she now commands. "I cannot say enough about the Citizen-Airmen of the 131st Medical Group and their unwavering commitment. You are some of the finest men and women I have served with."

Fries, an optometrist and longstanding drill status guardsman with the group, takes command following Col. Joan E. Peterson, who retired in September after 30 years of military service.

"Inspiration is how you get people to follow you," said Francis. "Lieutenant Colonel Fries is a real gem and I have no doubts about her ability to inspire, lead and manage."