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By Sgt. Justin Pack | Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni | July 12, 2013

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Col. Robert V. Boucher, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni commanding officer, addresses the crowd after taking command from Col. James C. Stewart at the MCAS Iwakuni parade deck, July 12, 2013. Boucher assumed command of MCAS Iwakuni after working at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for the past two years.

Col. Robert V. Boucher, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni commanding officer, addresses the crowd after taking command from Col. James C. Stewart at the MCAS Iwakuni parade deck, July 12, 2013. Boucher assumed command of MCAS Iwakuni after working at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for the past two years. (Photo by Pfc. David A. Walters)


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Col. James C. Stewart, former Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni commanding officer, passes the organizational colors to Col. Robert V. Boucher during a change-of-command ceremony at the parade deck here July 12, 2013. The exchange of the organizational colors is symbolic of the transfer of command from the outgoing commanding officer to the oncoming commanding officer.

Col. James C. Stewart, former Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni commanding officer, passes the organizational colors to Col. Robert V. Boucher during a change-of-command ceremony at the parade deck here July 12, 2013. The exchange of the organizational colors is symbolic of the transfer of command from the outgoing commanding officer to the oncoming commanding officer. (Photo by Pfc. David A. Walters)


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Col. James C. Stewart, right, former station commanding officer, shakes hands with Col. Robert V. Boucher during the change of command and retirement ceremony held at the parade deck at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, July 12, 2013. Stewart finished his career with 29 years of service. Boucher comes to Iwakuni from his previous assignment at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Col. James C. Stewart, right, former station commanding officer, shakes hands with Col. Robert V. Boucher during the change of command and retirement ceremony held at the parade deck at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, July 12, 2013. Stewart finished his career with 29 years of service. Boucher comes to Iwakuni from his previous assignment at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Todd F. Michalek)


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Col. James C. Stewart, former Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni command officer, addresses the crowd during his change of command ceremony, July 12, 2013. Stewart relinquished command to Col. Robert V. Boucher and retired during the ceremony.

Col. James C. Stewart, former Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni command officer, addresses the crowd during his change of command ceremony, July 12, 2013. Stewart relinquished command to Col. Robert V. Boucher and retired during the ceremony. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Todd F. Michalek)


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Maj. Gen. Charles L. Hudson, Marine Corps Installations Pacific commanding general, addresses the crowd during the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni change of command ceremony, July 12, 2013 at the MCAS Iwakuni parade deck. Hudson visited MCAS Iwakuni, June 21, to present the Achievement in Safety award to Col. James C. Stewart, former MCAS Iwakuni commanding officer.

Maj. Gen. Charles L. Hudson, Marine Corps Installations Pacific commanding general, addresses the crowd during the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni change of command ceremony, July 12, 2013 at the MCAS Iwakuni parade deck. Hudson visited MCAS Iwakuni, June 21, to present the Achievement in Safety award to Col. James C. Stewart, former MCAS Iwakuni commanding officer. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Todd F. Michalek)


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The III Marine Expeditionary Force Band plays during the Marine Corps Air Station change of command ceremony, July 12, 2013 at the MCAS Iwakuni parade deck. During the ceremony Col. James C. Stewart relinquished command to Col. Robert V. Boucher and then retired after 29 years of service.

The III Marine Expeditionary Force Band plays during the Marine Corps Air Station change of command ceremony, July 12, 2013 at the MCAS Iwakuni parade deck. During the ceremony Col. James C. Stewart relinquished command to Col. Robert V. Boucher and then retired after 29 years of service. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Todd F. Michalek)


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Col. James C. Stewart, former Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni commanding officer, salutes for the playing of the National Anthem during his change of command ceremony at the MCAS Iwakuni parade deck, July 12, 2013.

Col. James C. Stewart, former Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni commanding officer, salutes for the playing of the National Anthem during his change of command ceremony at the MCAS Iwakuni parade deck, July 12, 2013. (Photo by Sgt. Justin M. Pack)


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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan --

Col. James C. Stewart relinquished his duties as commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, to Col. Robert V. Boucher during their change of command ceremony at the parade deck here, July 12, 2013.

Stewart, assumed command of MCAS Iwakuni on June 30, 2010. During his time as commander, MCAS Iwakuni has taken part in many operations and exercises that bolstered the American and Japanese alliance, notably, Operation Tomodachi, which was the United States’ humanitarian response for those affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March of 2011.

“To the air station staff, active duty, civilians, United States and Japanese, thank you,” stated Stewart during his farewell speech. “It has been a supreme pleasure and an honor to have worked with you for these past three, eight, and in some cases, twenty one years. You have literally changed the face of this air station and community; you have created a legacy that will benefit sailors and Marines, their families, for the next 50 to 70 years.”

The ceremony was Stewart’s final, as he retired after the change of command with 29 years of honorable and faithful service.

Stewart ended his remarks with a quote from the famous Nez Perce leader, Chief Joseph. “From where the sun now stands, I shall fight no more forever.”

After Stewart spoke, Boucher took the mic, briefly spoke to the crowd and then focused his attention on his command.

“To the Marines and sailors,” said Boucher. “I look forward to working with you and leading you through the next three years. Semper fidelis.”

Boucher came here from the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington, D.C., where he served as the Deputy Director, Programs and Budget, in the Finance and Resource Management division.

Boucher is a graduate of Eastern Washington University, he received his commission in August of 1989 and became a naval aviator in July of 1992. He has deployed with the both the 13th and 15th Marine Expeditionary Units, and Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, where in 2010, he was the commanding officer of the last Marine Corps operational squadron and combat unit in Iraq.

In 2003, Boucher reported to Marine Helicopter Squadron One, which is responsible for the

transportation of the president, vice president, cabinet members and other VIPs. In 2006, he became a Marine One pilot and traveled to multiple countries and numerous states in support of President George W. Bush.

Boucher has accumulated more than 6,000 mishap free flight hours and his personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with a gold star, Air Medal with combat distinguishing device, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with a gold star.

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