MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
The Marine Corps' oldest continually active squadron welcomed a new commanding officer at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. March 27.
Lt. Col. Scott M. Kolick assumed command of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, taking the reins from Lt. Col. Walter J. Butler Jr. during a change-of-command ceremony at the squadron's hangar.
The KC-130J Super Hercules squadron supports the Marine Air-Ground Task Force commander by providing air-to-air refueling and day and night assault and offensive air support. The squadron supports expeditionary, joint or combined operations.
Butler, who has been at the helm since September 2012, said he is confident in Kolick's ability to lead the historic squadron.
Butler earned a Meritorious Service Medal for his time with the squadron and is slated to attend the U.S. National War College to further his professional military education.
"I've had a great run with the squadron," said Butler. "I've learned great things from the relationships I've built with the Marines here. My advice is that you can never take a day off if you want to succeed."
Kolick comes to the squadron from Marine Aircraft Group 14, where he served as the personnel supply detachment commander.
According to Kolick, the leaders who mentored him and taught him throughout his career are to thank for his position today and he plans to do the same for the Marines of VMGR-252 going forward.
"Leading this squadron is the highest honor and I am humbled to have the opportunity," said Kolick.