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Lt. Col. Joshua L. Luck, right, passes the unit colors to Lt. Col. Michael J. Perez during the Marine Attack Squadron 542 change of command in the squadron’s hangar May 13. The passing of the colors symbolizes the passing of responsibility from one commander to the next.

Photo by Pfc. Cory D. Polom

VMA-542 Tigers of Cherry Point welcome new CO

20 May 2011 | Pfc. Cory D. Polom

Lt. Col. Joshua L. Luck relinquished command of Marine Attack Squadron 542 to Lt. Col. Michael J. Perez during a change of command ceremony at the squadron hangar May 13.

“Luck is a thoughtful and charismatic leader,” said Col. Andrew G. Shorter, the Marine Aircraft Group 14 commanding officer. “He holds his Marines to higher standards on and off duty.”

Shorter said he feels that Luck is a great leader of Marines and looks forward to seeing how Perez will lead the Marines of VMA-542.

“Perez is definitely ready to take over this command,” said Shorter. “He has learned a lot and with all his past endeavors will make a fine commanding officer for VMA-542.”

Luck served as VMA-542’s commanding officer for 18 months and under his command, his Marines and Sailors of the squadron completed many successful deployments like to the 31st and 26th Marine Expeditionary Units.

“Over the last several months I’ve had the pleasure and the privilege to deploy and lead a great group of Marines,” said Luck. “The Marines have busted their tail for me, and I have enjoyed the work together.”

Perez said he is ready for the high-octane life of the VMA-542 squadron.

“These guys are constantly on the go with deployments,” said Perez. “This is going to be another full-throttle year and a half for this unit. I expect these Marines to continue to take care of business when asked and keep up the great work.”

Luck said he has seen this unit grow and prosper under his command.

“Perez will have a great group of Marines to lead,” said Luck. “This unit is a boat-deploying force. We are the best at doing what we do in the challenging and dangerous environments this unit thrives in.”

Perez thanked Luck for the help and mentorship he has given him over the last few weeks and can’t wait to share the experiences ahead with VMA-542.

“The Tigers have a proud legacy,” said Perez. “I will make sure to build on that legacy and continue the great work Lt. Col. Luck has done.”

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point