Marines case colors: Last class of Marine LAAD gunners graduate at Fort Bliss
Sgt. Barry St. Clair,
24th Press Camp Headquarters:
The Marine Corps’ last Low Altitude Air Defense system gunners class to be trained at Fort Bliss graduated here June 29.
The Marine Detachment was deactivated at the end of the graduation ceremony for Class 3-12, after more than 50 years of Marine air defender training at Fort Bliss.
Marine Col. Gregory T. Breazile, commander for Marine Corps Communication and Electronics School at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., addressed the graduates of Class 3-12 during the ceremony.
“This is a big day for you all,” Breazile. “You are gonna go out into the fleet … hit the ground running at the fleet.”
Breazile thanked the Army community at Fort Bliss for their support of the Marines during their training tenure here. The Marines began air defender training at Fort Bliss in 1962.
The Marine Detachment and Class 3-12 were honored by a former commander’s address.
Retired Marine Lt. Col. Michael A. Hunter was the honored guest and spoke to the class and staff.
“Generations of Marines here today are passing on the specialty of shooting down enemy aircraft to the next generation,” said Hunter. “It is combat readiness that drives Marine Corps policy decisions.”
Marine Corps Detachment commander Capt. Scott E. Cameron also addressed the class and those present for the graduation and casing of the colors.
“I first want to thank the Army for letting us use your base. We greatly appreciate it,” said Cameron.
“You’ve got the present up here,” said Cameron about his LAAD instructors and staff, “and you’ve got the future,” he said, pointing at Class 3-12. “What we need to concentrate on is the future.”
Cameron spoke to the new Marines about the responsibility of taking charge, and shooting down enemy aircraft in the field.
“You will be better in whatever path your career takes, having assumed the responsibility of being Stinger gunners here,” said Cameron.
The ceremony ended with the casing of the colors, retirement of the colors and the Marines’ Hymn.
The Marine Detachment is scheduled to relocate to Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms July 31 and reactivate there.
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