Bellis, soon to retire, passes sword to Robinson

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Sgt. Maj. Susan M. Bellis, left, was just relieved as Sergeant Major of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point and replaced by Sgt. Maj. Christopher G. Robinson, right. In the middle is Brig. Gen. Gary L. Thomas, commanding general of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward).

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 03:25 PM.

Sgt. Maj. Susan M. Bellis said an emotional farewell as she relinquished her post and passed the sword as sergeant major for 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing to Sgt. Maj. Christopher G. Robinson at Cherry Point on Thursday.

In leaving, Bellis asked those in attendance to rise and thank the “wonderful warriors” of the 2nd MAW.

Bellis had been sergeant major for the wing since March of 2010.

Brigadier Gen. Gary L. Thomas, commanding general of the 2nd MAW (Forward), said Bellis’ contributions have been “rich and enduring.”

“She has demonstrated tremendous leadership during a time in which the 2nd MAW has been constantly performing many of its 15,000 Marines and Sailors,” Thomas said.

“Her steady demeanor belies the profound positive impact that she has had on this wing. She has demonstrated a strong compassion for Marines across the board and she has also demonstrated a cool bearing and enthusiasm that has always been welcome particularly when things were not going as well as we would have liked. She has built strong relationships with seniors and subordinates alike and has helped build a climate of trust throughout the command. I have thoroughly appreciated her candor, her counsel and her friendship.”

After expressing many thanks, Bellis addressed about 500 attendees and about 1,000 members of the 2nd MAW who were part of a parade in her honor.

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