At a change of command ceremony on April 20th, 2018 Rochester, Minnesota native and Lourdes High School graduate, Capt. Brian Tanaka was relived as the USS Minnesota’s commanding officer after a 50 month command tour. Capt. Tanaka said “Today is a special day for my family—my Minnesota family—and as I look back, 50 months was neither long nor short—it was a length that helped get us where we are today, and I am proud of how we handled and succeeded through the challenges and opportunities. Captain Tanaka even paid tribute to the Vikings: "Our command philosophy focuses on winning wars as our number one priority. But the term –Be a Viking—encompasses much more than war-fighting—it refers to an idea that Vikings are resilient, family-oriented maritime warriors!”
We are very proud of our Rochester native and salute you for your service to our country and the pride you have shown not only our city but our state.
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