MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (Feb. 13, 2013) -- Sgt. Maj. James E. Monroe assumed his post as the Marine Attack Squadron 223 sergeant major during a ceremony here Feb. 5.
The post was previously vacated by Sgt. Maj. Steven P. Brunner, who left VMA-223 for Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14 in October.
Brunner, who served most of his career in the infantry, said VMA-223 is a hard working squadron.
“They work tirelessly,” said Brunner. “There are two crews – a day crew and a night crew. They’re normally working 10 hour shifts, and when need be, they pull the trigger and go 12 on, 12 off. Those maintenance Marines, they’re out there constantly turning wrenches to fix these aircraft to get them ready so the pilots can get in them and fly them.”
The squadron provides close air support to infantry on the ground. The Harrier’s vertical take-off and landing capabilities provide the Corps with versatility in expeditionary environments.
“We’re there to support the ground combat element,” said Brunner. “I can sleep better at night knowing there are a few other Marines out there who are walking around with their limbs and are alive today because of the hard work and effort our Marines put into it.”
Monroe is coming to the squadron from the School of Infantry West at Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he served as a company first sergeant. He said the squadron already performs well and he wants to help them do even better.
“I’ve heard nothing but phenomenal things about this organization,” said Monroe. “I’m just trying to come on board and contribute as best I can by helping the Marines achieve some of their personal or professional goals.”