Lt. Col. Christopher Pflanz turned over the command of the 91st Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) to  Lt. Col. Mark Christensen in a ceremony Jan. 11, at Fort Bragg’s Ritz-Epps Physical Fitness Center.

“To the 91st team, your reputation precedes you, and I am humbled and honored to be your commander. I look forward to the opportunity and the challenge,” said Christensen.

“…It is important to remember those who can’t join us — our friends and teammates who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country, and those Soldiers from this unit who are deployed around the world, making sure that the light from freedom’s torch continues to shine brightly,” he added.

As he departed, Pflanz thanked his Soldiers. “Soldiers of the 91st, thank you for all you do. As my days here in U.S. Army Special Operations Command come to a close, I can certainly say I am going to miss our critical mission, and, more importantly, the fine people who take the challenge to execute these demanding missions.”

Pflanz said that he was confident in leaving the battalion in the command of Christensen. “Actually, I am positive of that, as Mark (Christensen)] was my company commander in (Company E, 96th Civil Affairs Battalion) and a great friend for the past six-plus years.”