Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point -- Lt. Col. Scott Cobb relinquished his post as commanding officer of 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion to Lt. Col. Raymond Placiente during a ceremony at the battalion headquarters here, June 17.
Cobb is leaving the battalion for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in Washington, D.C., to further his professional military education as a Commandant of the Marine Corps fellow.
"I'm looking forward to the new opportunity," said Cobb. "I was lucky enough to get selected for such a top-level school and am looking forward to what the fellowship will offer."
While in command of the battalion, Cobb focused on returning 2nd LAAD to its combat service support excellence.
"The Marines just performed miracles during my last 22 months," said Cobb. "Especially in the headway of female integration into the battalion, the transition has been almost seamless showing the Marine Corps we are a prime example on how transparent the change can be done."
The battalion supported all three local Marines Expeditionary Units, and began a deployment program to Okinawa, Japan, under Cobb's command.
"The quality of Marines that make up this battalion is what led to its success," said Cobb. "From privates up to majors, I was fortunate to have some great young Americans and Marines that came to work every day and gave it 110 percent."
Placiente is coming to the squadron from his duty as a Force Fire Coordinator with the I Marine Expeditionary Force.
"I do not expect to bring any more than what previous commanders have already established here," said Placiente. "I'm hoping that the experiences I have had both in and out of the LAAD community will benefit this battalion and its unique mission in air defense."
It will be an honor to work with some of the best Marines the Corps has, said Placiente.
"I'm very thankful for Lt. Col. Cobb who made great strides and lasting impression on this battalion," said Placiente. "I hope to continue the trend of excellence that he has set for me."