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CLB-26 change of command ceremony reflects old, new legacy

By Cpl. Devin Nichols,


CLB-26 change of command ceremony reflects old, new legacy
Lt. Col. Kevin G. Collins (left), the outgoing commanding officer and Lt. Col. Daniel H. Coleman (right), the incoming CO of Combat Logistics Battalion 26, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, stand at attention while the ‘Marine Corps Hymn’ is playing during a change of command ceremony at Marston Pavilion aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 21, 2014. A change of command ceremony is passing the total accountability, authority and responsibility of the battalion between two high ranking officers.
CLB-26 change of command ceremony reflects old, new legacy
2nd Lt. Billy Van Vianen (right), a Sterling Heights, Mich., native, and a logistics officer with Combat Logistics Battalion 26, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group stands at parade rest during a change of command ceremony at Marston Pavilion aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 21, 2014. The change of command ceremony was the exchange of command between Lt. Col. Kevin G. Collins, the outgoing commanding officer and Lt. Col. Daniel H. Coleman, the incoming CO.
CLB-26 change of command ceremony reflects old, new legacy
A Marine Corps color guard marches during a change of command ceremony at Marston Pavilion aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 21, 2014. The change of command ceremony was the exchange of command between Lt. Col. Kevin G. Collins, the outgoing commanding officer and Lt. Col. Daniel H. Coleman, the incoming CO of Combat Logistics Battalion 26, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group.
CLB-26 change of command ceremony reflects old, new legacy
Col. Gary F. Keim (left), the commanding officer of Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, shakes hands with Lt. Col. Kevin G. Collins (right), the outgoing commanding officer of Combat Logistics Battalion 26, CLR-27, 2nd MLG, during a change of command ceremony at Marston Pavilion aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 21, 2014. During the ceremony, Collins received the Legion of Merit Medal 2nd Award for recognition of his outstanding leadership while in command of CLB-26.
CLB-26 change of command ceremony reflects old, new legacy
Sgt. Maj. Phillip J. Billiot (center), the sergeant major of Combat Logistics Battalion 26, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, salutes Lt. Col. Kevin G. Collins, the outgoing commanding officer and Lt. Col. Daniel H. Coleman, the incoming CO of the battalion during a change of command ceremony at Marston Pavilion aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 21, 2014. The passing of the flag symbolizes the passing of responsibility between commanding officers.
CLB-26 change of command ceremony reflects old, new legacy
Brig. Gen. Edward D. Banta (right), the commanding general of 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Col. Gary F. Keim (center), the commanding officer of Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd MLG, II MEF, and Sgt. Maj. Joe R. DePoyster, the regimental sergeant major for CLR-27, bow their heads during a prayer in a change of command ceremony at Marston Pavilion aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 21, 2014. The change of command ceremony was the exchange of command between Lt. Col. Kevin G. Collins, the outgoing commanding officer and Lt. Col. Daniel H. Coleman, the incoming CO of Combat Logistics Battalion 26, CLR-27, 2nd MLG.
CLB-26 change of command ceremony reflects old, new legacy
Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 26, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group hold flowers during a change of command ceremony at Marston Pavilion aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 21, 2014. During a change of command ceremony, flowers are given to the spouses of the commanding officers.
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Family, friends and service members gathered at Marston Pavilion here, Feb. 21 to attend a change of command ceremony between Lt. Col. Kevin G. Collins, the outgoing commanding officer, and Lt. Col. Daniel H. Coleman, the incoming CO for Combat Logistics Battalion 26, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group.

The mission statement of CLB-26 is to provide the Marine Expeditionary Unit with mission-essential combat service support to ensure readiness, sustainment and mission capability are achieved and maintained.

During the ceremony, after Collins gave his thanks to family and fellow service members he turned to the battalion and reflected on his thoughts.

“To the Marines and sailors with the battalion, success in a CLB requires us to be individually and coactively humble and selfless,” said Collins, a Detroit, Mich. native. “The legacy of a CLB is found not in our success but the success of the units we support. I always reminded you when you look down at your name tapes, and see on your left side it says ‘U.S. Marines’, that [name tape] will always be more important than the one on the right side. The strength of the [Marine Air Ground Task Force] or [Marine Expeditionary Unit] is not through combat power, it’s not the command and control, it’s the fact that it’s made of Marines. Marines are special and I am grateful for your service and I love every one of you.”

Col. Gary F. Keim, the commanding officer of Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, also gave his regards to Collins and the battalion.

“You have set a template for everyone else to follow, and anyone who falls below the bar you set will be seen as inefficient,” said Keim. “I cannot thank you enough for that, and this institution can’t thank you enough for that.”

During Collins’ tenure in command, the battalion has participated in Exercise Bold Alligator 12 as the direct support and the Landing Force Support Party for 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Enhanced Mojave Viper 5-12, War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration events in Baltimore and Norfolk as a Special Purpose MAGTAF embarked on the USS San Antonio and USS Fort McHenry; and most recently as the Logistics Combat Element for the 26th MEU, providing contingency support to combatant and Naval Component Commanders in Central Command, Africa Command, and European Command areas of responsibility.

Once Collins gave his remarks, Coleman took the stand and spoke to the outgoing commander.

“Over the past week I have seen what [Lt. Col.] Collins has built and I am going to be the beneficiary of that,” said Coleman, an Ames, Iowa native. “It’s an amazing organization, and it really is a tribute to your skill and dedication as a leader.”

Completing the ceremony, both Collins and Coleman stood together and listened to the ‘Marine Corps Hymn’, finalizing Coleman as the present battalion commander.
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