News: New commanding officer posts with 2nd Supply Battalion
Story by Staff Sgt. Justin Shemanski
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Second Supply Battalion welcomed a new commanding officer to its ranks during a change of command ceremony at Soifert Field here, June 21.
Lt. Col. David S. Gibbs, of Queens, N.Y., relinquished command to Lt. Col. Jesse Kemp, of Ardmore, Okla.
Gibbs’ tenure with the unit included a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan, which began late last year. The battalion returned to Camp Lejeune in April after providing steadfast support to elements of II Marine Expeditionary Force and aiding in International Security Assistance Force operations.
Gibbs couldn’t be more proud of the Marines and sailors who stood before him, whether they were at home or abroad. As he shared his last words as their commander with them, he related his thoughts to his first job after high school - in a warehouse at John F. Kennedy International Airport – as he looked to save money for college.
“It was a thankless job and a lot of heavy lifting,” he said. “But, I’ve tried to never forget the heavy lifting that was done by the Marines of 2nd Supply Bn.
“This is a battalion being turned over that is professional … and well led.”
Gibbs’ next assignment will be at the Marine Corps Network Operations and Security Center in Quantico, Va.
Kemp joins the battalion from the Okinawa, Japan-based 3rd Marine Division where he served as the unit’s supply officer.
“I’m immensely proud and humbled to be able to serve with you as your CO,” he said, as the ceremony concluded.
Kemp’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.