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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153


Traditional change of command ceremony conducted by Marines at MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. –The U.S. Marine Corps conducted a traditional change of command ceremony today on the plaza of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University’s Huntington campus.

Maj. Lauren Edwards, a native of Smiths Grove, Ky., and a recent graduate of Marshall with a Master of Arts degree in leadership studies, relinquished command of Recruiting Station Charleston to Maj. Gabriel Diana of Columbus.

Edwards spent three years as commanding officer at Recruiting Station Charleston, which is located in Ona. She next is headed to the Naval Command and Staff College in Newport, R.I.

Diana served with 1st Battalion 9th Marines as the Commanding Officer Headquarters and Service Support Company and the Battalion Operations Officer from September 2009 to June 2012. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1996.

Today’s ceremony was attended by families of each Marine, along with an assembled company of command, honored guests and other dignitaries.

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Photos: (Above) Maj. Gabriel Diana, left, and Maj. Lauren Edwards stand together during today’s change of command ceremony at Marshall University. (Below) Maj. Gabriel Diana, left, holds the U.S. Marine Corps flag after receiving it from Maj. Lauren Edwards, right, in today’s change of command ceremony at Marshall University. Edwards relinquished command of Recruiting Station Charleston to Diana in the ceremony. Photos by Rick Haye/Marshall University.



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