JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — A formal change of command ceremony was held at Camp Lejeune Friday morning.
Brig. Gen. Thomas Weidley relinquished command of Marine Corps Installations East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune to Col. Michael Scalise, who has been serving as deputy commander since October of 2016.
Weidley, who has been in command since July 29, 2015, will assume command of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing at Camp Foster in Okinawa, Japan later in the summer.
“I would say it’s bittersweet,” Brig. Gen. Weidley said. “You’re going off to another opportunity and leaving behind a tremendous command with some really great people and a great community.”
Col. Scalise will serve as commander until the new commander, Brig. Gen. Julian Alford in early August.
“General Weidley has done a great job over the last two years maintaining unit readiness and assisting through our base infrastructure,” Col. Scalise said. “My job it to keep that going.”