MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - -- Lt. Col. Brian D. Bernth assumed command of Marine Transport Squadron 1 from Lt. Col. Edward T. Lang during a ceremony Feb. 15 at the squadron’s hangar.
Lang will move on to assume other duties here at Cherry Point.
Looking back at the time he spent with the squadron, Lang praised the dedication and maturity of his Marines, who worked tirelessly to get their jobs done.
“It was an absolute honor to work with these Marines,” said Lang. “They take on work generally reserved for senior Marines, and they are always successful. Their efforts are unbelievable.”
After passing the time-honored ceremonial colors, Lang assured his successor that his new squadron is fortunate to have him.
Bernth said he is looking forward to his fourth tour on the air station. During his first three tours with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, he held several billets including aviation maintenance officer.
The new commanding officer said he is humbled and honored to take command of the squadron, and he is anxious to make the most of his time with the “Roadrunners.”
“I can’t wait to work with these proud young Marines and seasoned veterans,” he said. “I like to refer to them as ‘professional with a personality.’”
Bernth said he is touched by the amount of pride his Marines have, and he hopes to foster that during his tenure.
“They take pride in their work and leadership abilities. From that, they have inherited pride in their squadron.”