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Col. Gregory T. Breazile relinquishes command of the Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School, July 23.

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MCCES welcomes new commander

26 Jul 2013 | Lance Cpl. Paul S. Martinez

The commanding officer of Marine Corps Communication -Electronics School formally relinquished command during a change-of-command ceremony Tuesday at Lance Corporal Torrey L. Gray Field, July 23.

Col. Gregory T. Breazile,  transferred command to the  new commanding officer, Col. Andrew J. Murray.

Breazile is being transferred to serve as the Director, Cyber and Electronic Warfare Integration Division, Capabilities Development Directorate, aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. He served as the MCCES commanding officer for two years.

“We’ve got a great instructor staff here that gives Marine students the skills to make them successful,” Breazile said.

Murray, previously held command as the assistant Chief of Staff, G-6, Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan, Marine Corps Installations Pacific.

“Marines, sailors, and civilians of MCCES, I look forward to working with you and serving as your commanding officer,” Murray said.

MCCES was activated in 1942 in Quantico, Va., training Marines for various communications specialties during World War II. In 1971, the school was relocated to its present location aboard the Combat Center.

“It’s an evolving thing, this Marine Corps,” Breazile said. “As time goes on we watch it change and find ways to be more efficient and more effective.”

MCCES has been known as the “Centerpiece for all Marine (communication-electronics) Training.” Over the course of this year, the average student population numbered at 1,550. The school currently conducts 86 separate courses over 45 military occupational specialties.

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