Bellis, soon to retire, passes sword to Robinson

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

“He is going to do great things for the wing. Change is always good. It’s what keeps the Marine Corps honest,” Bellis said.

Robinson had been based at Cherry Point three times previously.

“This is kind of a déjà vu moment for me,” he said.

“It has nothing to do with me. It has everything to do with the Marines and sailors in this MAW and what it means to us. I know that because this is where I grew up in the Marine Corps, right here at 2nd MAW. So I know they will continue to do great things for the Marine Corps and for this great nation. I’m just proud and honored and blessed and I thank God every day that I can be a part of it and come back here to Cherry Point and make an impact from a broader perspective.”

Bellis’ personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars in lieu of a third award, Navy Achievement Medal with two gold stars in lieu of a third award and various other unit awards. Bellis is scheduled to retire in March.

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