Marine unit to get new leader

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  • By Jenny Gordon
  • 78th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
A change of command ceremony will be conducted Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the hangar of Bldg. 2071. The new commanding officer of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773 will be Lt. Col. Kyle Burress.

Designated a Naval aviator in 1998, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Air Medals, a Joint Commendation Medal, three Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Humanitarian Service Medals and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals. He will be arriving with his family from Pace, Fla.

After relinquishing command, Lt. Col. Paul Fagan will join United States Southern Command in Doral, Fla.

HMLA-773, the only attack helicopter squadron in the Marine Corps Reserve, has been at Robins since June 2010, when the unit relocated from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, in Marietta. The reserve unit includes 350 Marines, of which 125 are active duty personnel.

Also home to Robins is Detachment A, Marine Aircraft Group 49, which includes 20 personnel. Its commanding officer is Lt. Col. Michael "Hojo" Johnson. A change of command for MAG-49, Det A will be conducted July 9.