News: Olympians bid farewell to Bajus, welcome Kirchner
Story by Lance Cpl. Scott L. Tomaszycki
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Lt. Col. Patrick S. Kirchner assumed command of Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 28 from Lt. Col. Thomas P. Bajus II during a ceremony here today.
Bajus will move on to duties as the wing air control officer for the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.
In his farewell speech to his Marines, he praised their efforts during his tenure as commanding officer.
"I've asked the Marines back here to do three things: to be the example, set their subordinates up for success, and to set the conditions for effective decisions and that's really what we do inside the [Tactical Air Control Center] and they've done it well," said Bajus. "They've done it from the sands of Afghanistan to the seas aboard amphibious ships to the schools of Havelock. They are a combat force multiplier to the wing and also positively contributing to the local community."
Kirchner was the Marine Aircraft Group 28 executive officer before taking command. He said he looks forward to commanding the "Olympians."
"You all have given me something to lead the Marines with, each and every single one of you," said Kirchner, addressing the crowd. "I promise to you that I will give them everything I got each and every day while I'm in command."
Kirchner's career highlights include graduation from the Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Program, the Weapons and Tactics instructor course, the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.