Pappas takes command at Cherry Point

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 16:19 PM.

“We could not do what we do without the local community,” Pappas said. “Thanks for wrapping your arms around us.”

Zimmerman’s next assignment will be as officer in charge of Marine Corps Activities in Guam where he will help coordinate movement of forces.

“You’re going to do a great job,” he told Pappas in his remarks during the ceremony. “I will sleep easier in Guam.”

Zimmerman thanked his family as well as the community and retired officers for support during his three years as base commander. He also invited everyone to visit him in Guam.

“It’s just a short eight-hour flight from Hawaii,” he joked. “You should be able to get that done over a weekend.”

In his 26-year Marine Corps career, Zimmerman spent five tours at Cherry Point, including his last as base commander.

“The first four tours, it’s not a good idea to be walking around saying ‘what is the base commander thinking,’” Zimmerman joked.



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