Pappas takes command at Cherry Point

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 04:19 PM.

Zimmerman mentioned some of the odd events that occurred in his three years as base commander, such as when a bear wandered into a building at Fleet Readiness Center East and when a train derailed at the entrance to the base, blocking Fontana Boulevard in Havelock. Still, he said he could not have done the job without the support of his staff and the Marines under his command.

“It’s been a truly special job, and I’ve enjoyed it,” he said.

During the ceremony, Zimmerman received the Legion of Merit for exceptional and meritorious conduct during his three years commanding the base.

“We’re in the warfighting business,” said Brig. Gen. Robert F. Castellvi, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations East. “That is always going to be job one of every installation commander, and nobody did it better than Zimmy over his last three-year tenure here.”

Castellvi said that like Zimmerman and other commanders, Pappas understands that command is about the accomplishment of the unit.

“I’m very much looking forward to working with you,” he told Pappas.

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