News: Sergeants major swap roles within 2nd MLG
Story by Pfc. Sullivan Laramie
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Two sergeants major with 2nd Marine Logistics Group assumed responsibility for new commands aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 11.
Sgt. Maj. Anthony L. Crutcher, the outgoing sergeant major of Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd MLG, turned over the Sword of Office to Sgt. Maj. Lanette N. Wright, the incoming sergeant major.
Wright came to CLR-2 from Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd MLG, and Crutcher will move to that command.
Although both Marines are staying within 2nd MLG, their knowledge and experience will be helpful to their new units and the servicemembers under their charge.
After the Sword of Office was passed, Col. Dwayne A. Whiteside, the commanding officer of CLR-2, spoke about the trust Marines place in their sergeants major.
“[Sergeants major] constantly sharpen our swords,” said Whiteside. “They’re constantly there, they’re faithful and dependable. They give you the good guidance you need in order to do the job the Marine Corps has entrusted in us.”
Crutcher said he had developed a fondness of the servicemembers of CLR-2 during his time with the regiment.
“It has been an honor being your sergeant major here and in Afghanistan,” Crutcher said. “I know most of you hated me coming, but I was doing my job. My job was very simple; it is to maintain good order and discipline.”
Wright expressed her affection for CLR-27. However, she said she is excited for her future as sergeant major of CLR-2, marking it as a highlight of her career.
“I’ve heard great things about this command,” Wright added. “I know the Marines are well trained, and we have a lot of veterans here who have already been to Afghanistan and looking forward to going back.”
Whiteside concluded his speech with a message about leadership.
“There are a lot of changes, a lot of things evolving; we need that steady, level leadership,” Whiteside said. “It’s not the rank behind the man or the woman. It’s the man or woman behind the rank.”