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R.S. Phoenix appoints new Sgt. Maj. Gomes, bids farewell to Sgt. Maj. Mains

Major Steven M. Ford, commanding officer of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Phoenix, presents Sgt. Maj. Wallace M. Mains, outgoing R.S. Phoenix sergeant major, with a ceremonial paddle, concluding Mains’ relief and appointment ceremony at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., July 24, 2013. “Sergeant major [Mains] and I both have backgrounds with Boat Company, which is where this paddle tradition all started,” said Ford. “We hand it out on recruiting duty because occasionally you find yourself up creek and have to paddle yourself out of it.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tyler J. Bolken)



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This work, R.S. Phoenix appoints new Sgt. Maj. Gomes, bids farewell to Sgt. Maj. Mains [Image 5 of 7], by Sgt Tyler J. Bolken, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:07.24.2013

Date Posted:07.29.2013 18:20

Photo ID:983771

VIRIN:130724-M-XK427-571

Resolution:2109x3163

Size:1.5 MB

Location:LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, AZ, USGlobe

Hometown:NEW ORLEANS, LA, US

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