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Parris Island holds Change of Command ceremony


It was history in the making on Friday as a new commanding general took over at Parris Island.

Brigadier General Loretta Reynolds made history in 2011 when she because Parris Island's first female commander, and for the last three years, Gen. Reynolds' name has been on the wall at the entrance of Parris Island.

But that will soon change when it bears the name of its new CG, Brigadier Gen. Terry Williams, who also made history on Friday as Parris Island's first African-American commander.

Friday's ceremony brought together community leaders and the top Marines within Parris Island.

Reynolds' colleagues praised her for her work, particularly her communication skills in helping families understand what this Marine Corps recruit Depot is all about.

She said it's been an unexpected dream and honor to lead the Marines here.

 "Parris Island is what you hear stories about," she said. "Parris Island is not the job that you ever think you're going to be the commanding general of, so the first thought is oh my! And you know, it's humbling, right? But then I think, when you get here, you just understand the tremendous responsibility that you have to preserve the legacy of this depot."

Reynolds will head to the Pentagon for her next assignment as the Principal Director to the Deputy Assitant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia.

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