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Sergeant Maj. Douglas Yagel, outgoing sergeant major, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, salutes Lt. Col. Robert Rice, commanding officer, 3rd Bn., 5th Marines, during a relief and appointment ceremony where Sgt. Maj. Carlos Ruiz took over as sergeant major of the battalion here, Sept. 20, 2013. Relief and appointment ceremonies are one of the many traditions upheld in the Marine Corps today, which involves the passing of the noncommissioned officer sword from the outgoing sergeant major to the oncoming. The passing of the sword signifies the transfer of responsibilities and accountability from one senior enlisted Marine to another.
130920-M-GO800-382.JPG Photo By: Cpl. James Gulliver

Sep 24, 2013
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON CA United States - Sergeant Maj. Douglas Yagel, outgoing sergeant major, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, salutes Lt. Col. Robert Rice, commanding officer, 3rd Bn., 5th Marines, during a relief and appointment ceremony where Sgt. Maj. Carlos Ruiz took over as sergeant major of the battalion here, Sept. 20, 2013. Relief and appointment ceremonies are one of the many traditions upheld in the Marine Corps today, which involves the passing of the noncommissioned officer sword from the outgoing sergeant major to the oncoming. The passing of the sword signifies the transfer of responsibilities and accountability from one senior enlisted Marine to another.


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