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Lieutenant Col. Shawn Beltran, (left) the incoming commanding officer of 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, and a native of Wichita Falls, Texas, takes the battalion colors from Lt. Col. David Everly, (center) the outgoing commanding officer, and a native of Inglewood, Calif., during a change of command ceremony at Camp Las Pulgas here, June 28, 2013. Everly served for two years as the battalion's commanding officer and said leading and being in command of Marines is one of the greatest honors.

Photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan

Artillery battalion says farewell to commanding officer, welcomes new

8 Jul 2013 | Cpl. Timothy Lenzo 1st Marine Division

Marines and sailors serving with 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, gathered aboard Camp Las Pulgas here to say farewell to their outgoing commanding officer while welcoming their new commanding officer during a change of command ceremony, June 28.

Lieutenant Col. Shawn Beltran assumed command from Lt. Col. David Everly as commanding officer of the battalion.

While Everly closes the chapter on his time with the battalion, Beltran begins to write his.

“The battalion has a fantastic reputation and Lt. Col. Everly has done a great job getting them ready for combat,” said Beltran, a native of Wichita Falls, Texas. “I’m excited and honored to have this opportunity.”

Beltran plans on continuing the focus on training and combat readiness that Everly instilled in the Marines and sailors within the battalion. 

“We are going to take care of our Marines and be ready for any mission that is assigned to us,” Beltran said. “We will continue to focus on preparing Marines.”

Everly took solace in knowing that the battalion would be taken care of when he left.

“I feel confident I left the battalion smartly and in good hands,” said Everly of Beltran. 

Everly, a native of Inglewood, Calif., served within the regiment for the last five years and said leaving was bittersweet.

“It is tough to relinquish command,” Everly said. “It’s a great honor and responsibility. I’ve watched every unit deploy and come back. I’ve given a lot to this unit and this unit has given a lot back to my family and me.”

With a new commanding officer, the history and reputation of the cannon cockers of 5th Bn., 11th Marines, lives on in the Marines and sailors.

“The spirit of the artilleryman and the cannon cockers are alive and well here at Pulgas,” Everly said. “There is not a challenge that the Marines could not and would not be able to handle.”

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