MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. -- Lt. Col. Charles E. Smith is scheduled to assume command of Marine Air Control Squadron 2 from Lt. Col. Jeffrey D. Hanson during a ceremony aboard the air station May 29.
“I’m extremely proud of the MACS-2 Marines and families for their hard work and dedication to the unit and to each other during my time here,” said Hanson.
Hanson joined MACS-2 Dec. 13, 2012. He is overjoyed at what the squadron has accomplished and takes great pride in turning over the squadron to the new commander.
“My goals upon taking command of the squadron were to safely and successfully deploy two detachments of Marines to Afghanistan, support II Marine Expeditionary Force by performing all mission essential tasks proficiently and professionally, increase our training and readiness, maximize unit cohesion, provide care and support to the families of MACS-2 Marines,” said Hanson. “I am happy to say that the Marines of MACS-2 not only met the goals, they greatly exceeded all my expectations.”
Hanson will continue his career as a student at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.
Hanson said leaving the squadron is bittersweet but he is excited to see what the Marine Corps has in store for him.
Before joining the unit, Smith served as the Marine Air Control Group 28 (Forward) commanding officer while deployed to Afghanistan in June 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Smith plans to reinvigorate the squadron by reinforcing the basics and strengthening the unit’s cohesion.
“My goals and aspirations are to continue to build upon the extraordinary reputation of MACS-2, to function as a team to achieve personal and professional balanced excellence and to ensure all members of the command are treated with dignity and respect,” said Smith.
Smith looks forward to commanding the squadron and the great times ahead with his fellow Marines.
“I look forward to meeting all the men and women of MACS-2 and their families and being part of their Marine Corps career.”