Bellis, soon to retire, passes sword to Robinson

Published: Monday, October 22, 2012 at 03:25 PM.

“Before I came here, an infantry general officer told me that he believed the hardest working Marines in the Marine Corps came from the Wings, and I can stand here now and tell you, I think he’s right, absolutely,” she said. “I really have done nothing. Any success that we have enjoyed is due to the almost 16,000 Marines and sailors that we have in this wing, and I’m talking from the (commanding general) down to the commanders to the senior enlisted all the way down. It’s truly their show. Nothing I say will ever be enough.”

Bellis, a 30-year veteran of the Corps, was obviously moved by the performance of those in the 2nd MAW.

“I kind of had this rehearsed and now I’m losing my mind,” Bellis said. “The big A in MAGTF. They really understand it. It’s all about the Marine that’s putting one foot in front of the other on the ground every day and the support that he needs, and nobody gets it more than 2nd MAW.”

“This is a little bit harder than I thought so what I’m going to do is sign off with Semper Fi, but what I would ask that, particularly with anybody that is not with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, in honor of not just what you see here in front of you but more the half of the wing that is currently deployed either in harm’s way, deployed for training or even the Marines and Sailors we have in Iraq right now because we work 24 hour operations, I’d like to ask you to if you can join me and stand in thanking these wonderful warriors. Oorah.”

Following her remarks, Robinson addressed the group on the flight line at the air station.

“Very heartfelt, Sgt. Maj. Bellis, very heartfelt,” he said. “As everyone probably knows and probably already knew even before we gave a round of applause for our Marines and sailors out there that you do care. You have cared. You always cared and you made a difference.”

Earlier, Bellis welcomed Robinson back to Cherry Point.

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