MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. --
Lt. Col. Brian W. Foster relinquished command of Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron to Lt. Col. Douglas A. Seich during a change of command ceremony on the flight line aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, July 16.
"My mother taught me at a very young age that only my best was good enough, and that has taken me very far," said Foster. "Marines, I can’t thank you enough for everything that you do, not only for the squadron, but for the Corps and this country."
Foster began his Marine Corps Career in 1993, when he was commissioned as a second lieutenant.
Foster went on his first deployment as a captain in 2000 in support of the Unit Deployment Program. Three years later he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Battalion Operations Officer.
Foster has served as the Marine Corps’ representative for the Royal Canadian Air Force in 2005. In 2010, Foster deployed to Bahrain and served as the Team Lead for the 707th Regional Afghan Uniform Police Team. In June 2013, Foster took command of H&HS, and will now be moving on to take his leadership skills to the next level.
"The squadron is in good hands," said Foster to Siech, "and if you take care of the Marines, they will take care of you."
Seich enlisted into the Marine Corps, and graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in 1992. After serving two years as an enlisted Marine, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduation.
Seich has deployed to Iwakuni, Japan as part of the Unit Deployment Program, and flew in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Phantom Fury.
In 2007, Seich attended the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, and has served as an F/A-18 instructor and
Operations Officer for Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One.
"I look forward to working with everyone on the Air Station," said Seich. "To the Swamp Fox Marines, I am truly humbled to join your unit. Your job is critical to ensure that our fellow Marines are prepared to go to those dark corners of the world where evil continues to thrive. My guidance to you, take care of each other and have each other’s back. We never leave a Marine behind in combat, so we don’t intend to do so here in the states. If the path forward is unsure, fall back on your core values, and always seek self-improvement."