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Okinawa, Japan

MCB Butler, MCB Hawaii, MCAS Futenma, MCAS Iwakuni, Camp Fuji, and Camp Mujuk
1st MAW CG prepares to depart island

By Pfc. Garry J. Welch | | June 24, 2010

Major General Raymond C. Fox, Commanding General of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, is scheduled to relinquish command to Brig. Gen. William D. Beydler, former director of Strategy and Plans Division, Plans, Policies and Operations Section, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, during a change of command ceremony Monday.

Fox, who took command of the 1st MAW in July 2008, is looking forward to his next assignment in Quantico, Va., as the commanding general of Training and Education Command.

Fox said while serving in Quantico he plans to continue refinement of pre-deployment training, plan for large-scale training exercises, continue implementing practices to reduce downtime between training and develop future requirements of the Marine Corps after the current conflict ends.     

"Some of the best memories I have from here are establishing the Tactical Air Command Center in South Korea that General Sharp (Army Gen. Walter Sharp, commanding general of U.S. forces Korea) and 13 other generals visited, and being able to watch the Marines of 1st Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 provide humanitarian support in the Philippines," said Fox.

While serving as the commanding general of the 1st MAW, the Marines serving under and beside Fox started combined arms exercises in Hawaii to support 3rd Marines during Exercise Lava Viper, improved material readiness of aircraft for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and built multiple schools and clinics in other nations.    

"Marines of the wing perform miracles every day," said Fox. "They get to employ their training and actually do their MOS, and they are proud of it."

Fox said he and his family enjoyed the closeness of the Marine family here on Okinawa.

"Marines should enjoy their time in III Marine Expeditionary Force," said Fox. "They are very fortunate. They get to deploy to foreign countries and do what they were trained to do. A lot of times they wouldn't be able to do that in the U.S., and they should remember that they are in a foreign country. The standards and quality must be higher than in the United States, and all should take advantage of the opportunities to understand other cultures."

The 1st MAW change of command is scheduled to commence Monday on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma at 4 p.m.