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Leadership changes at Marine recruiting station

Aug. 31, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A relief and appointment ceremony for the Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Charleston was held Friday on Buskirk Field at Marshall University.

During the ceremony, Sgt. Major Thomas Herman's authority at the station, which is located in Ona, was transferred to Sgt. Major Dennis Bradley. The ceremony included the passing of the sword to signify Herman's relief and Bradley's appointment.

Herman, a native of Connellsville, Pa., assumed duties at the recruiting station in March 2011. Prior to his arrival in Ona, he served in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. He also was deployed several times in the early part of the 2000s for Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.

He called West Virginia a very patriotic state, while noting the recruiting station also covers Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee -- all of which he said have demonstrated service-oriented attitudes for the military.

Herman's next assignment is in Norfolk, Va.

Taking his place here is Bradley, who had lived in Michigan and is coming from Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, N.C. He said that means he had passed through West Virginia many times between those two states and always enjoyed the scenery.

"I've only been here a couple of days, but I've seen the community reach out to the military," he said.

Bradley said he'll work hard to continue to recruit young men and women of high integrity and moral standing to build up the Marine Corps.

His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon. He also served in Afghanistan with Operation Enduring Freedom.

The recruiting station is located at 3198 U.S. 60 in Ona.

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