1st MAW Bids Owens Farewell and Welcomes Rudder

07/11/2013: Brig. Gen. Steven R. Rudder expressed his intent to build upon 1st Marine Aircraft Wing’s past successes during the 1st MAW change of command ceremony July 9 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

Credit:III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific:7/9/13

 “When the commandant and the other general officers back in D.C. talk about this MAW, they talk about all the great things that have been accomplished…and I intend to continue leading this MAW to greatness,” said Rudder. Rudder relieved Maj. Gen. Christopher S. Owens as commanding general of 1st MAW, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

 Maj. Gen. Christopher S. Owens addresses the audience during the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing change of command ceremony July 9 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Owens served as the 68th commanding general of 1st MAW, III Marine Expeditionary Force, from June 2012 until July 2013.

 He thanked the Marines and sailors of the wing for making his term a success, and welcomed Brig. Gen. Steven R. Rudder as the new commanding general of 1st MAW.

 Maj. Gen. Christopher S. Owens, right, passes the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing colors to Brig. Gen. Steven R. Rudder July 9 during the 1st MAW change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

 Owens will become the commanding general of U.S. Marine Forces Korea and the assistant chief of staff, C/J-5 plans, policy and strategy, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, U.S. Forces Korea.

 Rudder’s previous assignment was at Headquarters Marine Corps where he served as the legislative assistant to the commandant of the Marine Corps. 1st MAW is part of III Marine Expeditionary Force.

 

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