News: Marines welcome new commander during ceremony
Story by Cpl. Kenneth Jasik
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- The Marines of Headquarters Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, received a new company commander during a ceremony here, Aug 5.
During the ceremony, Maj. Larry D. Parker relinquished command to Maj. Roy L. Miner, and give over complete control of the Marines who run the headquarters element of 1st MLG.
Miner, 39, from Pleasantville, Calif., comes from Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 and said he’s excited to become the new company commander for the Marines who work in the headquarters element of 1st MLG.
"From what I've seen of the Marines with Headquarters so far, is that they are very professional," said Miner. "Like with any new command, this will be a challenge and I'm excited for it."
Parker, 40, from Temple, Texas, will head to Headquarters Marine Corps in Quantico, Va. He said he is proud of the sense of team and the professionalism he helped build within the company.
"The Marines [of Headquarters Company] are highly professional, highly motivated [and] always greeted me with the utmost motivation every morning," said Parker.
During his time with 1st MLG, Parker deployed twice. The first time was with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, CLR-17, 1st MLG, with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Following that tour he deployed to Afghanistan as the executive officer of Headquarters Company, 1st MLG (Forward).
"It was a great experience to be able to train the Marines up, then deploy to combat," said Parker of his tour with Headquarters Company. "Then I got to see them do their respective jobs at the [Forward Operating Bases]. That was fulfilling."
While in Afghanistan, Parker observed the Marines of his unit successfully complete their mission.
"They did a great job, they knew their job and they were excited about getting to do it in a real world combat situation," said Parker. “They do a lot of training around Camp Pendleton, but they had a chance to go and do it for real, where it truly counts."
Parker was proud of his headquarters Marines while deployed, and since his return, Parker has been the company commander of many of the same Marines in garrison.
"It's been an honor and a pleasure to work with the MLG and all aspects of it from the CLB to the regiment, and I’m leaving out on a high note," said Parker.