MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- With the American flag flying high in the background and the 1st Marine Division Band playing, Col. Thomas B. Eipp, from Sonoma, Calif., transferred all duties and responsibilities as the commanding officer of Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, to Col. James C. Caley, from Kingston, Wash., here, July 15.
“Tom, as you pass on the colors today, you should be proud of your accomplishments and the accomplishments of your regiment,” said Brig. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow, commanding general, 1st MLG.
During his tenure at CLR-1, Eipp successfully provided superb support to all elements of the 1st Marine Division, said Broadmeadow. After he passed the regiment’s colors to Caley, Eipp addressed the Marines and sailors with the regiment.
“Marines and sailors of CLR-1, you have done an outstanding and magnificent job during my time with you,” said Eipp. “You’ve risen to every challenge that was given to you and exceeded in every way. Thank you for everything you do.”
Having tirelessly supported the Blue Diamond for the past two years as the regimental commander for CLR-1, Eipp is now ready to lead that effort from within as he takes the reins of the 1st Marine Division, G-4, Broadmeadow stated. Eipp is confident that the Marines and sailors with CLR-1 are fully trained and prepared, ready to execute any mission given to them.
“Jim, welcome back to 1st MLG,” said Broadmeadow, addressing Caley. “I am confident that your leadership and experience will maintain the regiment’s strong tradition of warfighting excellence.”
Having already been the executive officer of CLR-1 in 2008, Caley knew exactly what these Marines and sailors are capable of doing.
“I’ve worked with these Marines and sailors before,” said Caley. “They were professional then, and I can say that they’ve only gotten better; even the new [service members] in the regiment are catching on quickly. It shows in their performance on and off duty.”
After three years of being out of 1st MLG, Caley is excited to take on the role as CLR-1 commander.
“I’m looking forward to serving with you Marines and sailors again,” said Caley. “I have no doubt that we’ll be able to continue to advance the regimental structure and support the 1st Marine Division in all elements, in combat zones and in garrison.”