MCLB-ALBANY, Ga. -- The person filling the role of Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany's senior enlisted Marine has changed.
Sgt. Maj. Scott C. Mykoo was relieved of his post at a relief and appointment ceremony Friday. Sgt. Maj. Stephen A. Thomas, who comes to Albany from the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion at Camp Lejeune, N.C., was appointed his successor.
During Friday's ceremony, Mykoo passed the Noncommissioned Officer's sword, which symbolizes the office of sergeant major, to Thomas.
Afterward, Col. Terry Williams, the base's commanding officer, said a few words.
"Sgt. Maj. Mykoo -- what an outstanding sergeant major. Since I've been here he's done some outstanding things," Williams said of his senior enlisted adviser. "He has been my right hand man and my eyes and ears.
"He oozes of motivation."
He also expressed some kinds words about Mykoo's successor.
"(Thomas) comes to us by way of having experience and skill," the colonel said. "He comes to us with a great portfolio."
While he will miss the friendships he has made in Albany, Mykoo said he was leaving his post knowing it was in good hands.
"This ceremony is not about myself or Thomas, it's about the office," the outgoing sergeant major said in his remarks. "We are America's 911 force, and we have to be prepared to go forward.
"I'm humbled by my new position (in Africa). We are in the force that serves our country and I'm prepared to give my life."
Mykoo became MCLB's sergeant major in July 2008. He will now report to the Combined Joint Task Force in the Horn of Africa next month.
Thomas was born in Centerville, Ill. and enlisted in the Marine Corps in May 1987. Later that year, after completing Communications School in California, he was assigned to the communication platoon in Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Landing Support Battalion, 1st Fleet Service Support Group in Camp Pendleton, Calif.
"I'm excited about the post," the incoming sergeant major said. "Our base supports the warfighter, and it has a great work force.
"I hope to build on what he (Mykoo) has done and make it better. I'm really happy about the reception I've gotten here and I look forward to all of this."
In July 2008, Thomas reported to the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion as a battalion sergeant major. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (one gold star in lieu of a second award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three gold stars in lieu of a fourth award) and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Mykoo enlisted in the Corps in January 1982. Later that year, he reported to NAS Memphis in Tennessee for Aircraft Maintenance and Hydraulics School and received follow-up training at TME 33 Camp in Pendleton, Calif.
In 2006, he was transferred to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31. There, he served 870 Marines and sailors. He was then assigned to his post in Albany.
Mykoo said working at MCLB was a good opportunity.
"I don't know where the two years went," he said. "I'm hoping to take some of the things I've learned to Africa."
Specifically, he said he was proud of how the base came together after the regionalization that took place in 2005 at the installation resulting in the organization being divided into the base command and Marine Corps Logistics Command.
"There is no 'I' in team," Mykoo said.
He also stressed the role families play for the individual Marine.
"Without the family, we couldn't get our missions done," the outgoing sergeant major said. "Without our families being taken care of, we wouldn't be able to do our jobs."
Mykoo's personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with a gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one star and the Navy Achievement Medal with three stars.