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The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band performs the Marines’ Hymn at the end of Marine Wing Support, Squadron 374’s change of command at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field, June 17, 2016. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thomas Mudd/Released)

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‘Rhinos’ conduct change of command

23 Jun 2016 | Cpl. Thomas Mudd Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

Lt. Col. Steven Murphy relinquished command of Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 to Lt. Col. Christopher Siler at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray Field, June 17, 2016.

Murphy took command of MWSS 374 on June 6, 2014. During his time as the commanding officer Murphy directed the adherence to the unit’s mission of maintaining and operating the Strategic Expeditionary Landing Field (SELF) and to provide well trained, organized and equipped combat ready forces.

“It all went by so fast, it feels like yesterday I took command of these Marines,” said Murphy. “The unit has grown a lot sense I first stepped on deck. We have been able to train with the different units that come through this installation as well as continue to run the SELF.”

While under the command of Murphy, MWSS 374 assisted with the conduct of the Combat Center’s Integrated Training Exercises. The unit also assisted in the execution of other exercise while under Murphy’s command.

“Being able to support so many exercises and build upon the knowledge of these Marines has been one of the greatest experiences that I’ve had with MWSS 374,” said Murphy. “I believe that Lt. Col. Siler will continue to grow the knowledge of the Marines in the squadron.”

Murphy ceremonially passed command and authority of the unit to Siler by relinquishing to him the squadron’s battle colors.

“This is a unit with a very real mission that we perform every day,” said Siler. “Lt. Col. Murphy has done an excellent job up to this point; I plan to continue to complete the unit’s mission and continue to improve the squadron while in command.”

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