News: Relief and appointment retirement ceremony
Story by 2nd Lt. Savannah Frank
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Ledferd, outgoing regimental sergeant major, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, commemorated his 29 years of service to the Marine Corps and transferred authority to the incoming regimental sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Brian D. Milton, in a relief and appointment retirement ceremony here, June 21.
“Sgt. Maj. Ledford is a dynamic, charismatic leader, and an inspiration to all his Marines, officers and enlisted alike,” said Lt. Col. Kenneth M Sandler, executive officer, Combat Logistics Regiment 17. “It has been an honor to serve with [Sgt. Maj. Ledford], and I thank him for his mentorship and everything he has taught me … sergeant major, fair winds and following seas.”
Ledferd enlisted in the Marine Corps in December 1982. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (second award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (second award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (third award), and the Good Conduct Medal (seventh award). He assumed his post as the regimental sergeant major of CLR-17, June 20, 2011.
Ledferd warmly welcomed Milton, who comes to CLR-17 from Marine Wing Support Group 17.
“Sergeant major, I know you will challenge the Marines, uphold the highest standards, and the Regiment will continue to thrive under your leadership,” said Ledferd. “Welcome aboard.”
Milton took time out of his speech to specifically address his new Marines.
“I am proud to be your new sergeant major, and I am here to support you in completing all missions, your personal and professional growth, and I will give my 100 percent to you,” said Milton. “From you, I ask the same thing. Continue with the excellence and professionalism that has preceded you.”
The ceremony ended with the reading of Old Glory and passing of the flag presentation.