CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Colonel Tracy King, commanding officer, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, passed on the responsibility, authority and accountability of CLR-15 to Col. Seth Ocloo, during a change of command ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 22, 2014.
Ocloo, a native of Accra, Ghana, is coming from his duty as the assistant chief of staff for logistics at the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. He has also served as the G-4 operations officer with 3rd Marine Division, a battalion logistics officer, as well as the Marine Corps aide to the vice president of the United States at the White House.
“He is a family guy with great values,” said Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, commanding general, 1st MLG, as he welcomed Ocloo to 1st MLG.
As King passed on the responsibility of CLR-15, he spoke a few words of the pleasure it has been commanding his Marines and sailors.
“I mean look at these guys standing behind me, said King, a native of Oklahoma City, as he referred to the Marines and sailors of CLR-15. “They are absolutely magnificent.”
During the ceremony, Coglianese explained what kind of leadership King displayed during his time with CLR-15.
“[King] was always putting up his hand to get his Marines deployed and volunteering his Marines to support every mission,” said Coglianese. “Even if a Lance Corporal said, ‘Hey, I heard we might be going somewhere,’ Col. King was in my office saying, ‘Put me in coach, my Marines want to go.”
Ocloo paraphrased a quote from Maj. Gen. John A. Lejeune, stating that ‘the relationship between officer and enlisted should be that of a father and son or a scholar and teacher.’
“That is my aim, and you deserve nothing less,” said Ocloo as he addressed the Marines and sailors of CLR-15. “It is an honor to serve alongside the Marines and sailors of this regiment.”