MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. --
Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron held a Relief and Appointment ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, March 8.
During the ceremony, Sgt. Maj. Edward L. Hebron Jr. was relieved of his duties as sergeant major of H&HS by Sgt. Maj. Matthew A. Conrad.
“When I first came to H&HS I was in unfamiliar territory, “said Hebron. “I was fortunate to receive a great turnover from my predecessor and I just hope I left the squadron in as good condition for Sgt. Maj. Conrad as it was left for me.”
Sgt. Maj. Hebron assumed duties as Squadron Sgt. Maj. in April of 2015. During his tenure Hebron established a Non-Commissioned Officers panel and the Lance corporal seminar program aboard the air station which has since graduated 27 classes and over 450 Lance corporals.
“I can’t say enough wonderful things about Sgt. Maj. Hebron’s service with this squadron,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Pelt, the commanding officer of H&HS. “His list of citations is only a fraction of the things he has contributed to this squadron over the years. As hard as it is to bid farewell to Sgt. Maj. Hebron, I know his contributions to H&HS will be long lived and he will always be part of the Swamp Fox family.”
Sgt. Maj. Conrad enlisted in the Marine Corps in August of 1995. During his Marine Corps career he has served as the Marine Battery first sergeant aboard Marine Artillery Detachment, Fort Sill. Conrad has also as served as Battalion sergeant major of both Third Recruit Training Battalion and Support Battalion Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
“I am honored to be selected to help guide this squadron. This is squadron has an excellent reputation thanks to leadership like Sgt. Maj. Hebron,” said Conrad. “I’m fortunate enough to follow in the footsteps of such a tremendous Marine and I’m looking forward to begin working with the Marines of this squadron and their families.”
After the relief and appointment, Hebron, was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his outstanding achievement aboard the air station and for helping to guide his squadron. Hebron is going to the School of Infantry to become the sergeant major of Infantry Training Battalion.
“I came here to serve these Marines and I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside them,” said Hebron. “They will always have a place in my heart and they will always be a part of me no matter where I go. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to serve in this great organization and be surrounded by all of these great Marines for the past 24 years. The experience has humbled me and made me the man I am today, thank you and Semper Fidelis."