Col. Jeffrey Q. Hooks, left, incoming commanding officer of Marine Depot Maintenance Command, Marine Corps Logistics Command, receives the unit’s battle streamers from Col. Stephen A. Medeiros, outgoing commanding officer, during a ceremony held Thursday at Covella Pond at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany. Pictured in the center background is 1st Sgt. Javier Duarte of MCLB-Albany. (Aug. 1, 2013)
ALBANY, Ga. -- Marine Col. Jeffrey Q. Hooks took command of Marine Depot Maintenance Command from Col. Stephen A. Medeiros during a change-of-command ceremony Thursday aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany.
Maj. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow, commanding general, Marine Corps Logistics Command, began the ceremony with opening remarks, welcoming Hooks aboard and bidding farewell to Medeiros.
"To Col. Jeff Hooks, you're the right man to take this command due to your previous experience at (Marine Corps Logistics Command)," Broadmeadow said. "You have a true operational focus in the Marine Corps, and I look forward to working with you."
The retiring official for the ceremony was Maj. Gen. Charles L. Hudson, commanding general, Marine Corps Installations Pacific. He recently relinquished command of MCLC and flew from Okinawa, Japan, to bid farewell to Medeiros and present him with the Legion of Merit for his exemplary service while in command.
Medeiros was instrumental in the consolidation of MCLC's two maintenance centers in Albany and Barstow, Calif., which helped create Marine Depot Maintenance Command.
MDMC is responsible for the production, retrograde and distribution of more than 400 types of ground and combat equipment used in the Marine Corps and other government services.
"I don't believe that you can get to this position without a whole lot of good Marines, civilian-Marines and other folks you meet along the way," Hooks said. "I'm glad to be here, and I look forward to serving with you all."