III MEF’s new sergeant major has lofty goals for Okinawa Marines

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Sgt. Maj. Mario Marquez, right, stands ready to receive the noncommissioned officer sword, symbolizing his appointment as III Marine Expeditionary Force sergeant major, during a ceremony at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Friday, May 12, 2017. Sgt. Maj. Lee Bonar Jr., left, relinquished his post to Marquez and retired after nearly 33 years of service. (CHARLES PLOUFFE/U.S. MARINE CORPS)
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Sgt. Maj. Mario Marquez, right, stands ready to receive the noncommissioned officer sword, symbolizing his appointment as III Marine Expeditionary Force sergeant major, during a ceremony at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Friday, May 12, 2017. Sgt. Maj. Lee Bonar Jr., left, relinquished his post to Marquez and retired after nearly 33 years of service. (CHARLES PLOUFFE/U.S. MARINE CORPS)

III MEF’s new sergeant major has lofty goals for Okinawa Marines

by: Matthew M. Burke | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: May 13, 2017
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The III Marine Expeditionary Force has an ambitious new top enlisted leader who’s no stranger to Okinawa.
 
Sgt. Maj. Mario Marquez has served on the island in each of the past three decades, for almost 14 years total. He speaks and writes Japanese, his wife is Okinawan and he has participated in nearly every local tradition Okinawa has to offer.
 
Marquez, who took over for Sgt. Maj. Lee Bonar Jr. on Friday, said he plans to use his life experiences to create opportunities for his Marines.
 
He hopes to build character and skills through more contact with Okinawans, along with mentorship programs and training.