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81st IPTS welcomes new commander

U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice Dolihite, 81st Medical Group commander, gives the 81st Inpatient Operations Squadron guidon to Col. Mary Parker, incoming 81st IPTS commander, during the 81st IPTS change of command ceremony inside the Don Wylie Auditorium on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Col. Beatrice Dolihite, 81st Medical Group commander, gives the 81st Inpatient Operations Squadron guidon to Col. Mary Parker, incoming 81st IPTS commander, during the 81st IPTS change of command ceremony inside the Don Wylie Auditorium on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2019. The passing of the guidon is a ceremonial symbol of exchanging command from one commander to another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Spencer Tobler)

U.S. Air Force Col. Mary Parker, incoming 81st Inpatient Operations Squadron commander, and Retired Col. Robert Trayer, Parker's husband, pose for a photo inside the Don Wylie Auditorium on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Col. Mary Parker, incoming 81st Inpatient Operations Squadron commander, and Retired Col. Robert Trayer, Parker's husband, pose for a photo inside the Don Wylie Auditorium on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2019. Parker assumed command of the 81st IPTS with the passing of the guidon. The passing of the guidon is a ceremonial symbol of exchanging command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Spencer Tobler)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss --

Col. Mary Parker assumed command of the 81st Inpatient Operations Squadron during an assumption of command ceremony here, June 21.

Col. Beatrice T. Dolihite, 81st Medical Group commander, presided over the ceremony.

Parker was previously the chief nurse of the 559th Medical Group at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

“I’m proud to now be a part of this team that saves lives,” said Parker, “I’m honored to join this team and take reign of command here.