Pangborn is new top enlisted man on base

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Sgt. Maj. Angela M. Maness, center, salutes Col. P.J. Zimmerman, left, Cherry Point commanding officer, as she is relieved of duty as the air station's sergeant major at a ceremony Thursday aboard the air station. Replacing her is Sgt. Maj. Benjamin L. Pangborn, right.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 05:33 PM.

With the passing of a sword, duty was transferred from one sergeant major to the next Thursday aboard Cherry Point.

Sgt. Maj. Angela M. Maness left the post after serving only 13 months in the position. Maness is moving up to become sergeant major at the Marine Corps’ oldest active post, Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. 8th and I.

Replacing Maness is Sgt. Maj. Benjamin L. Pangborn, who is returning to Cherry Point. He served as first sergeant for Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28 at Cherry Point from 2004 to 2008.

“Angela has had kind of a short tour here, but she is going to do great things in the Marine Corps in Washington, D.C., and we’re very proud of that accomplishment,” said Col. P.J. Zimmerman, commanding officer of Cherry Point. “Our loss is a gain for the Marine Corps and we’re sad to see you go.”

Maness is in her 26th year in the Marine Corps. She is the first woman to serve as Cherry Point sergeant major.

Of her 13 months, Maness was gone for three months in late 2012 to serve as a voting member on the promotions board.

“For the 10 months that I was here. I want to tell you it’s been an enjoyable time,” she said during a ceremony Thursday on the base. “I have learned a lot, but I feel I have been robbed, robbed of the time with Cherry Point Marines and sailors. I say that because I’m going to miss Cherry Point.”



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