Best Friends 2nd FSSG SgtsMajor Doug Berry and 2nd MarDiv SgtsMajs Jim Raiford and Dossy Felts. SgtsMaj. Wayne Smith with 4th MEB was a good friend and the person that recommended me to SgtMaj. Pat McLane at MarForLant for the billet at II MEF.
Best Moment Out with the troops in Norway on "Battle Griffin 93" and "Ocean Venture 93" in Puerto Rico. Also "Agile Provider" my last operation before retiring. NCO Parade for my retirement ceremony on 24 Sept. 1994!
Worst Moment I volunteered to replace SgtMaj. Berry at JTF Gitmo, however the DCG (BGen. Ayers) said after 30 years and 2 months it was time to retire. (Actually I think he just didn't want to deal with Peggy if I deployed one more time!) Retiring and turning over the Sword to SgtMaj. Robert Singer. I was still having fun!!!
Chain of Command BGen. Butch Neal was the DCG when I arrived at II MEF, although at times he thought he was the CG, but a great guy! My real boss was LtGen. Bill Keys in Norfolk who was tri-hatted as CG MarForLant; MarForEur and SouthCom. He was replaced by LtGen. Robert Johnston. BGen. Tom Bratten replaced Neal when he picked up 2nd MarDiv and his second star. The MarForLant SgtMaj. was my good friend Pat McLane at first then followed by Ron Chamberlain. MGySgt. Brian Carey was the Admin. Chief and MGySgt. Mike Pumphrey was the SNCOIC of SOTG. Col. Dave Herr was COS, another great guy who was replace by Col. Jim Brinson (passed away 12 Oct. 2006)the OIC of SOTG. LtCol. John "Whiskey Jack" Muth III (died 12 Aug. 2009) took over then passed it to Col. Marty Berndt (passed away 17 Aug 2011) who later picked up LtGen. and Maj. Tryon who replaced Rod Richardson as the Special Missions OIC made MGen.
Other Memories Former Commanders: LtGen. Alfred M. Gray, 01 Sep 84 - 21 Jun 87 MajGen. Clayton L. Comfort, 22 Jun 87 - 24 Sep 87 LtGen. Ernest E. Cook Jr., 25 Sep 87 - 30 Jun 90 LtGen. Carl E. Mundy, 01 Jul 90 - 16 Jul 94 LtGen. William M. Keys, 26 Jun 91 - 16 Jul 94 LtGen. Robert B. Johnston, 17 Jul 94 - 31 Jul 95 LtGen. Charles E. Wilhelm, 01 Aug 95 - 15 Sep 97 MajGen. Wayne E. Rollings, 16 Sep 97 - 30 Jun 99 MajGen. Emil R. Bedard, 01 Jul 99 - 28 Jun 00 MajGen. Martin R. Berndt, 29 Jun 00 - 12 Aug 02 LtGen. Henry P. Osman, 13 Aug 02 - 23 Jul 04 LtGen. Granville R. Amos 24 Jul 04 - 02 Aug 06 MajGen. Keith J. Stalder, 03 Aug 06 - 25 Jul 2008 LtGen. Dennis J. Hejlik 25 Jul 2008 - 6 Aug 2010 LtGen. John M. Paxton 18 Jan 2011 to 22 Jul 2012 Maj Gen. Raymond C. Fox 22 Jul to Present