Iwakuni HomeNewsNews StoriesNews Article Display
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan


Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

MCAS Iwakuni is a mission-ready air station, capable of providing continuous base-operating support for tenant organizations and follow-on U.S. and allied forces during training, combat or contingency (HA/DR) operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region.
Sgt. Maj. Perez bids VMGR-152 farewell, Sgt. Maj. Tyler takes charge

By Lance Cpl. Stephen Campbell | Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan | June 18, 2018

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Laureano Perez Jr. relinquished his post, as sergeant major of Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, during a relief and appointment ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, June 15, 2018.

Perez relinquished his duties to U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Charles Tyler.

Tyler worked briefly with Perez and had many remarks to say about him and his leadership.

“Sgt. Maj. Perez is a great guy,” said Tyler. “From the get go, when I got orders, he sponsored me and helped me and my family out. He and his wife, Jessica, took care of us as soon as we were on deck. As for his Marines, all of them had only good things to say.”

Tyler also said he admires Perez’s leadership and hopes to uphold his legacy of leading and taking care of Marines.

Perez said even though he has retired, he won’t hang up his uniform just yet.

“First I want to take it easy for the first couple months, but I’ve had interest at looking into becoming a Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps instructor,” said Perez. “I’ll still be part of the Marine Corps by teaching knowledge, doctrine, history and tradition to the next generation.”

Tyler said he was eager to take charge as sergeant major of VMGR-152, but also noted that he will ensure the squadron upholds the same standards with him as it did with Perez.

“My expectations include the Marines continuing to be professional,” said Tyler. “They work hard and their schedules are very tedious. I expect them to find time to take care of their families as well as develop themselves professionally.”