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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

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Cherry Point, North Carolina
New commander takes helm of Marine air command, control group in Afghanistan

By Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington | | September 06, 2011

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Lt. Col. Thomas Bajus, the outgoing commanding officer of Marine Air Control Group 28, speaks to his Marines prior to relinquishing command to Lt. Col. John R. Siary for the second half of the group’s yearlong deployment to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Aug. 31. “I want to congratulate the first half of Marines on the outstanding job they did out here,” said Bajus. “I know that this next group of Marines will take it to the next level.”

Lt. Col. Thomas Bajus, the outgoing commanding officer of Marine Air Control Group 28, speaks to his Marines prior to relinquishing command to Lt. Col. John R. Siary for the second half of the group’s yearlong deployment to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Aug. 31. “I want to congratulate the first half of Marines on the outstanding job they did out here,” said Bajus. “I know that this next group of Marines will take it to the next level.” (Photo by Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington)


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Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Lange, the outgoing sergeant major of Marine Air Control Group 28, delivers the group’s guidon to Lt. Col. Thomas Bajus, the outgoing commanding officer of MACG-28, during the group’s changeover at the halfway point of its yearlong deployment to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Aug. 31.

Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Lange, the outgoing sergeant major of Marine Air Control Group 28, delivers the group’s guidon to Lt. Col. Thomas Bajus, the outgoing commanding officer of MACG-28, during the group’s changeover at the halfway point of its yearlong deployment to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Aug. 31. (Photo by Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington)


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Lt. Col. Thomas Bajus, the outgoing commanding officer of Marine Air Control Group 28, passes the group’s guidon to Lt. Col. John R. Siary, the incoming commanding officer of MACG-28, during the group’s changeover at the halfway point of its yearlong deployment to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Aug. 31.

Lt. Col. Thomas Bajus, the outgoing commanding officer of Marine Air Control Group 28, passes the group’s guidon to Lt. Col. John R. Siary, the incoming commanding officer of MACG-28, during the group’s changeover at the halfway point of its yearlong deployment to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Aug. 31. (Photo by Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington)


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Lt. Col. John R. Siary, the new commanding officer of Marine Air Control Group 28, speaks to his Marines after taking command of the group from Lt. Col. Thomas Bajus for the second half of the group’s yearlong deployment to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Aug. 31. “I am very excited to be out here and to get the job done,” said Siary, a native of Albany, N.Y. “The first rotation of Marines did excellent out here and now we are going to build upon that and keep up the good work.”

Lt. Col. John R. Siary, the new commanding officer of Marine Air Control Group 28, speaks to his Marines after taking command of the group from Lt. Col. Thomas Bajus for the second half of the group’s yearlong deployment to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Aug. 31. “I am very excited to be out here and to get the job done,” said Siary, a native of Albany, N.Y. “The first rotation of Marines did excellent out here and now we are going to build upon that and keep up the good work.” (Photo by Cpl. Samantha H. Arrington)


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CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- The deployed Marines and sailors of Marine Air Control Group 28 welcomed a new commanding officer and sergeant major in a ceremony at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Aug. 31.

To support the group’s yearlong commitment to operations in Afghanistan, its Marines and Sailors deployed in two rotations of about seven months each.

“I want to congratulate the first half of Marines on the outstanding job they did out here,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Bajus, the outgoing commanding officer of MACG-28. “I know that this next group of Marines will take it to the next level.”

Bajus relinquished command of the deployed Marines to Lt. Col. John R. Siary in the ceremony at the group’s headquarters compound.

“I am very excited to be out here and to get the job done,” said Siary, a native of Albany, N.Y. “The first rotation of Marines did excellent [work] out here and now we are going to build upon that and keep up the good work.”

The Marines of MACG-28 are deployed out of East Coast Marine Corps air stations, including Cherry Point and New River in North Carolina, and Beaufort, S.C. The group provides airspace coordination, air traffic control, radar surveillance, communications and other command and control support for 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), the air combat element for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in southwestern Afghanistan.

“I feel good about being deployed out here,” said Cpl. Steven R. Hall, a supply clerk with MACG-28, and a native of Houston. “I’m glad I have the chance to be out here and to feel like I’m doing something for the better.”

Connect with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) throughout the deployment. Stay up to date with the latest 2nd MAW (Fwd.) news, photos and videos at http://www.facebook.com/2ndmawfwd.



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