3rd Marine Division: Yagel retires, passes the torch
Regimental Sgt. Maj. Douglas Yagel relinquished command of 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division to Sgt. Maj. Wesley Misenhimer during a relief and appointment ceremony on June 8, 2018 on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan.
Yagel has been the senior enlisted advisor of the regiment since 2016 and has worked with the 3rd Marine Division for the past four years. Not only did Yagel relinquish his command of the 12th Marines, he also retired.
This day in particular is a very special day, according to Yagel. Today marked exactly 30 years of service for Yagel.
”Literally 30 years ago to this day I was stepping on those yellow footprints; I’m actually in better shape now than I was when I joined,” said Yagel a native of Defiance, Ohio.
The ceremony consisted of the passing of the Noncommissioned Officer Sword to the new regimental sergeant major. This symbolizes the change of command from the off-going sergeant major to the on-coming sergeant major.
Following the ceremonial exchange, Yagel addressed his regiment one last time.
“We have to be most ready when our country is least ready and to pass those expectations,” said Yagel. “The 12th Marines should be in that mindset every day, and I believe that they are.”
Misenhimer spoke of his appreciation for the unit’s role in the combat spectrum and stated that he couldn’t wait to influence the Marines under his charge.
“If you can imagine the sheer power associated with that and getting to support the front line defense, I’m humbled to have the opportunity to be a part of that,” said Misenhimer, a native of Castro Valley, California.
According to Yagel, the role of being a senior enlisted advisor is very important and revolves around setting the example for Marines to follow.
“In the end whether you’re a civilian or in the Marines, it’s about the message,” said Yagel. “There are people out there like us that are just looking for someone to learn from; that’s when we come in and be that example.”