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Members of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467 stand in formation during a relief and appointment ceremony at Miller’s Landing Feb. 4. Sgt. Maj. Charles A. Metzger relinquished his post to Sgt. Maj. John M. Kennedy after two years as the senior enlisted Marine at HMLA-467.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua R. Heins

Sabers welcome Kennedy, bid Metzger farewell

7 Feb 2014 | Lance Cpl. Joshua R. Heins

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467 welcomed a new sergeant major at Miller’s Landing Feb. 4 as Sgt. Maj. Charles A. Metzger relinquished his post to Sgt. Maj. John M. Kennedy.

“Any time you leave a unit it is always bitter sweet,” said Metzger, who is leaving HMLA-467 after more than two years with the squadron.

“You lay down roots wherever you go,” he said. “The down side of leaving is you have to uproot some of those relationships between Marines you have grown to know and respect, but it opens doors for you to continue with a career and to build.”

Metzger received a Meritorious Service Medal for his service with the Sabers.

Metzger will assume duties as sergeant major of Marine Helicopter Squadron 1, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., but wants the Marines to remember a phrase he strongly believes in, “Impact one today, and influence 100 tomorrow.”

Kennedy comes to the squadron from 8th Communication Battalion, Camp Lejeune, where he served as the company first sergeant for Headquarters Company and General Support Company.

Taking over as sergeant major for HMLA-467 is a great opportunity to lead, guide, and mentor new Marines, said Kennedy.

This is Kennedy’s first assignment at an air station, which he sought out to be able to see all the facets of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force.

“What the Marines can expect from me is a senior leader that can guide them in what a Marine is, and to hopefully inspire them to be that Marine, 24/7, 365 days a year,” he said.

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point