31 July 2012
By: LtCol Michael D. Grice
The Marine Corps is built on tradition, and one of those traditions is the time-honored ceremony of the change of command. Every unit has a commanding officer (CO), that leader who is specially selected and solemnly charged with the awesome and humbling responsibility to mentor, train, and mold the sons and daughters of America as they wrap themselves in the cloth of the Nation in time of war. Most of these officers, like many of the Marines and sailors with whose lives they are entrusted, are veterans of war, and like anyone who has endured the rigors and terrors of combat, they too suffer within from what they have experienced.