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MALS-31 change of command

By Cpl. Sarah Cherry | | May 30, 2014

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31 held a change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, May 22. During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Branden G. Bailey relinquished command of the Stingers to Lt. Col. Michael C. Margolis.

“We’re really excited to see what Lt. Col. Margolis will do over the next year with the Stingers,” said Col. William Lieblein, commanding officer of Marine Aircraft Group 31.

Margolis, a native of Reston, Va., joined the Marine Corps in 1994. He most recently served as the professional programs branch head aboard the Marine Corps University’s Lejeune Leadership Institute.

He became an officer after being selected for Officer’s Candidate School as a corporal in 1996.

Lieblein thanked Bailey for his strong leadership and detailed planning as the commanding officer of the squadron.

MALS-31 provides aviation logistics support, guidance, planning and direction to MAG-31.

“MALS-31 is the main effort within MAG-31, because without them we wouldn’t succeed,” said Lieblein.

At any given time, MALS-31 has approximately 200 Marines deployed in support of Air Station squadrons, according to Lieblein.

“They get it done right the first time, every time,” said Bailey. “They’re always looking for new ways to improve every facet of the squadron.”

“I’m very humbled and honored to have had this opportunity to lead this squadron, and I’m proud to call myself a Stinger,” said Bailey.