News: Davis says farewell to his Marines
Story by Lance Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki
CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 unofficially marked the end of Maj. Gen. Jon M. Davis' two-year tour as commanding general of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing with a barbecue in his honor aboard Cherry Point, N.C., May 8.
Davis is scheduled to relinquish command to Maj. Gen. Glenn M. Walters, May 24, and transition to U.S. Cyber Command as the deputy commander.
Davis took command of the Wing July 29, 2010, and immediately set about demanding the best from his wing.
“When you took command here, you had your priorities: winning the war in Afghanistan, supporting the global mission, and preparing for the unknown,” said Lt. Col. Thomas J. Witczak, commanding officer of MWHS-2, during the picnic. “Those pillars, I believe, were the foundation that made this wing headquarters and this wing number one.”
In accomplishing his goals, Davis bolstered and accelerated the wing’s training schedule participation in Exercise Mailed Fist, Exercise Bold Alligator and a new flight hours program to challenge pilots and aircraft.
Elements of 2nd MAW also deployed to Afghanistan and functioned as the II Marine Expeditionary Force’s forward deployed aviation combat element.
“The priorities are nothing more than words on a piece of paper, how we organize ourselves for getting the job done,” Davis said to the Marines. “The reason those priorities came to be reality is because of you, not because of me.”
In closing, Witczak presented Davis with an appreciation plaque, and engraved commemorative brick with a twin brick emplaced in the Miller’s Landing walkway.
“I’m immensely blessed,” Davis told the Marines after receiving the gifts. “It’s been my favorite tour by far.