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.”
As part of her new post, she’ll serve, among other places, at the White House.
“Yes it’s a fantastic post. I don’t know how they picked me, but I’m glad they did,” she said. “Cherry Point Marines and sailors, thank you for your support.”
Maness thanked the Marines participating in her ceremony.
“You should be proud of yourselves, today and every day,” she said. “Thank you for being here today and for showing us your best. Semper Fidelis.”
Maness reports for duty in the nation’s capital in June.
Pangborn, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., joined the Marine Corps in 1986. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He is married and has two children.
Pangborn thanked his brother for bringing his mother to Thursday’s event. He joined the Marine Corps in 1979, marking 34 years that his mother has had a son in the Corps.
“Anytime that we can get her down to one of these ceremonies I greatly appreciate it,” Pangborn said. “I love you and want to say an early happy Mother’s Day to you and all the other mothers.”
Pangborn was happy to return to Cherry Point.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be back here to Cherry Point,” he said.
In lieu of the traditional presentation of flowers to his wife, Pangborn and his wife Shannon made a donation to the Warrior Athletic Rehabilitation Program at Wounded Warrior Battalion East.