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Sgt. Maj. Brett C. Scheuer passes the unit enlisted sword to Lt. Col. Paul A. Rosenbloom during the Marine Wing Support Squadron 271 Relief and Appointment Ceremony at the squadron headquarters July 7.

Photo by Pfc. Cory D. Polom

Schaefer takes post at MWSS-271

13 Jul 2011 | Pfc. Cory D. Polom

After a year of serving as Marine Wing Support Squadron 271’s sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Brett C. Scheuer passed on the unit’s enlisted sword to Sgt. Maj. Douglas B. Schaefer during a relief and appointment ceremony at the squadron headquarters building July 7.

“This squadron and all its Marines have been on their A game from day one,” said Scheuer. “They do what is right in their hearts and work hard to better the Marine Corps.”

During his year of service Scheuer said he has seen this unit grow into a force to be reckoned with in the MWSS community.

“The Marines in this unit, Scheuer, are a direct reflection of you,” said Lt. Col. Paul A. Rosenbloom, the commanding officer of MWSS-271. “These Marines are doing great things around the world and, Schaefer, with you by my side we will be able to continue the Workhorse tradition.”

Rosenbloom said he believes the strongest relationship in the Marine Corps is that of an officer and an enlisted member.

“A unit cannot function right or well without that sound alliance between the officer in charge and the head enlisted,” said Rosenbloom to Schaefer. “That doesn’t exist without you and this unit cannot function without our cooperation and hard work. I look forward to serving with you.”

Schaefer said he is a man of few words but looks forward to the continued task of leading Marines.

“I want the Marines to act like Marines and be technically and tactfully proficient,” said Schaefer.

Scheuer said he is going to miss the professional military education classes he had with his noncommissioned officers, but he feels the new sergeant major will continue to build upon the foundation already created.

“As a new leader in the Marine Corps you have to be able to build on what is provided for you,” said Scheuer. “All Schaefer has to do to be successful is continue what he has done before. He is coming into a great command and he has an opportunity to help it grow and become better than it already is.”

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