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1st Marine Logistics Group

Victory through Logistics

New commanding officer takes 7th ESB helm

By Lance Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez | 1st Marine Logistics Group | July 07, 2014

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Lieutenant Col. John Martinko, left, outgoing commanding officer, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, and Lt. Col. Eric Penford, right, incoming commanding officer, salute Marines during a pass and review as part of a change of command ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 1, 2014. Martinko is slated to pursue studies at the National War College, Ft. Lesley McNair, Wash., as a prerequisite for higher positions of command.

Lieutenant Col. John Martinko, left, outgoing commanding officer, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, and Lt. Col. Eric Penford, right, incoming commanding officer, salute Marines during a pass and review as part of a change of command ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 1, 2014. Martinko is slated to pursue studies at the National War College, Ft. Lesley McNair, Wash., as a prerequisite for higher positions of command. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez)


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Brigadier Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, 1st Marine Logistics Group Commanding General, salutes Marines with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st MLG, during a change of command ceremony where Lt. Col. John Martinko, outgoing commanding officer, relinquished control of 7th ESB to Lt. Col. Eric Penford, incoming commanding officer, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 1, 2014. Martinko is slated to pursue studies at the National War College, Ft. Lesley McNair, Wash., as a prerequisite for higher positions of command.

Brigadier Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, 1st Marine Logistics Group Commanding General, salutes Marines with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st MLG, during a change of command ceremony where Lt. Col. John Martinko, outgoing commanding officer, relinquished control of 7th ESB to Lt. Col. Eric Penford, incoming commanding officer, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 1, 2014. Martinko is slated to pursue studies at the National War College, Ft. Lesley McNair, Wash., as a prerequisite for higher positions of command. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez)


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Brigadier Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, 1st Marine Logistics Group Commanding General, and Lt. Col. John Martinko, outgoing commanding officer, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st MLG, bow their heads alongside their families as part of the chaplain’s invocation during a change of command ceremony. Martinko relinquished control of the unit to Lt. Col. Eric Penford, incoming commanding officer, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 1, 2014. Martinko is slated to pursue studies at the National War College, Ft. Lesley McNair, Wash., as a prerequisite for higher positions of command.

Brigadier Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, 1st Marine Logistics Group Commanding General, and Lt. Col. John Martinko, outgoing commanding officer, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st MLG, bow their heads alongside their families as part of the chaplain’s invocation during a change of command ceremony. Martinko relinquished control of the unit to Lt. Col. Eric Penford, incoming commanding officer, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 1, 2014. Martinko is slated to pursue studies at the National War College, Ft. Lesley McNair, Wash., as a prerequisite for higher positions of command. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez)


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Brigadier Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, right, 1st Marine Logistics Group Commanding General, speaks with Lt. Col. John Martinko, left, outgoing commanding officer, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st MLG, during a change of command ceremony where Martinko relinquished control of the unit to Lt. Col. Eric Penford, incoming commanding officer, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 1, 2014. Martinko is slated to pursue studies at the National War College, Ft. Lesley McNair, Wash., as a prerequisite for higher positions of command.

Brigadier Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, right, 1st Marine Logistics Group Commanding General, speaks with Lt. Col. John Martinko, left, outgoing commanding officer, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st MLG, during a change of command ceremony where Martinko relinquished control of the unit to Lt. Col. Eric Penford, incoming commanding officer, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 1, 2014. Martinko is slated to pursue studies at the National War College, Ft. Lesley McNair, Wash., as a prerequisite for higher positions of command. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez)


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Marines with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, form up in preparation to march during the unit’s change of command ceremony for Lt. Col. John Martinko, outgoing commanding officer, and Lt. Col. Eric Penford, incoming commanding officer, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 1, 2014. Martinko is slated to pursue studies at the National War College, Ft. Lesley McNair, Wash., as a prerequisite for higher positions of command.

Marines with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, form up in preparation to march during the unit’s change of command ceremony for Lt. Col. John Martinko, outgoing commanding officer, and Lt. Col. Eric Penford, incoming commanding officer, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 1, 2014. Martinko is slated to pursue studies at the National War College, Ft. Lesley McNair, Wash., as a prerequisite for higher positions of command. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shaltiel Dominguez)


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7/2/2014 --

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif - “You’re the backbone of what we do, and I’m proud of every one of you,” said Lt. Col. John Martinko during a change of command ceremony to his family, which includes not only his wife and three children, but also his Marines. “Each and every one of you made me a better person and leader. For that, I’ll always be grateful.”

Martinko, outgoing commanding officer of 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, relinquished command of the unit to incoming commanding officer, Lt. Col. Eric Penford, during a change of command ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 1, 2014.

Martinko’s poignant speech was preceded by a ceremony, conducted by a formation of Marines with Headquarters and Support Company, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, Alpha Company, Bravo Company, Engineering Support Company and Bridge Company, complemented by the 1st Marine Division Band.

At the height of the ceremony, Martinko handed the unit’s colors to Penford, symbolizing the transition of command of 7th ESB. Martinko will pursue further studies at the National War College, Ft. Lesley McNair, Wash., which prepares officers for higher command positions in the future.

Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, 1st MLG Commanding General, addressed everyone in attendance, recognizing the Marines in formation for their outstanding presentation and both commanding officers for their hard work. He lightheartedly mentioned that if he had a chance to become an enlisted Marine, he would choose to be a combat engineer.

Penrod, a former engineer occupational field sponsor with Headquarters Marine Corps, Arlington, Va., said he is eager to assume his new duties and responsibilities as the commanding officer of 7th ESB.

“I’m honored and humbled in being chosen to lead a unit of this size and with such a diverse set of capabilities,” said Penrod, of Windber, Penn. “I’m very excited to take command of such an excellent unit, and hopefully we can improve on what’s already excellent.”




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