On 19 February 2010 at Camp Christianitos, on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base, in a Change of Command ceremony for 1/5 (1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division) Lieutenant Colonel William F. McCollough relinquished command of the battalion to Lieutenant Colonel Thomas B. Savage.
The battalion returned in December of 2009 from deployment to Nawa, Afghanistan where they were in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Photographs begin with arrival of guests, Marines of the battalion waiting nearby for Adjutant's Call to take their position on the parade deck, and a concert by the 1st Marine Division Band prior to the beginning of the ceremony.
Photographs follow the sequence of events in image #16, beginning with formation of the battalion staff and the Invocation by the Battalion Chaplain, Chaplain Ronald O'Dell.
The passing of the Battalion's battle colors, delivered by Battalion Sergeant Major William T. Sowers to the outgoing Commanding Officer, and in turn presented to the new Commander, symbolizes the formal transfer of command.
After image #131, Marines and guests visit and offer congratulations prior to leaving for the reception.
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Such devotion and commitment prevails on all the faces in these photo albums. I'm sure the photographer assures us he has the best subjects - Good Job once again only as a Marine could do it.- Yeah USA! Sincerely Dale & MJ - Dale & MJ, Mon, 1 Mar 2010 8:12AM
Makes one proud to say "I'm a Marine" when you see the men of 1/5 pass in review. God bless them all. S/F Fred - Fred Arnold, Tue, 23 Feb 2010 8:52AM
Here is our nation's future. - Jim Chett, Tue, 23 Feb 2010 5:00AM
The Marines still give me a thrill to view. - George L Blick, Mon, 22 Feb 2010 9:00PM