September 21, 2012 - Cpl. Scott Prutch, right, will carry the torch for his family as a United States Marine. His father, Sgt. Maj. Henry Prutch, left, retired Sept. 21 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., after 30 years of honorable and faithful active service. Scott Prutch,
a landing support specialist with Combat Logistics Battalion 4,
served as the commander of troops for the event. Photo by USMC Cpl.
Brian Adam Jones
CHERRY POINT, N.C. (9/27/2012) - When Sgt. Maj. Henry Prutch
retired from 30 years of honorable and faithful active service
Friday at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., there was
little doubt his legacy would live on.
Standing before him
on the parade field was his son, Cpl. Scott Prutch, who served as
the commander of troops in the ceremony.
The young corporal's
presence at the ceremony wasn't a guarantee. Roughly a month ago he
was in Helmand province, Afghanistan, as a landing support
specialist with Combat Logistics Battalion 4.
His unit returned to Marine Corps Base Camp Butler in Okinawa,
Japan, in mid-August after a six-month tour. He was able to get
permissive temporary additional duty as a recruiter's assistant in
Havelock, N.C., allowing him to be a part of his father's
“Having Scott here was the best,” Henry Prutch said.
Before Scott Prutch arrived in eastern North Carolina, the last time
his father saw him was at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, in
February, when then-Lance Cpl. Prutch arrived in Afghanistan just as
his father was preparing to leave. Scott Prutch spent his deployment
at Forward Operating Base Nolay.
The sergeant major did a
year-long tour as the right hand to Maj. Gen. Glenn M. Walters, the
commanding general of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. From March 2011
through March 2012 the two men led the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing
(Forward), the aviation combat element of the southwestern regional
command of NATO's International Security Assistance Force.
Walters, who served as the reviewing officer at Friday's retirement
ceremony, described flying a mission in an MV-22B Osprey to Forward
Operating Base Nolay in February. At his sergeant major's request,
he brought care packages donated by the American people to the young
“Today that same son, who I last saw in a
dusty zone in Afghanistan, was standing behind me out here, and he's
a corporal now. Congratulations,” Walters said in his statements at
Scott Prutch described his deployment to
Afghanistan as a great experience. He said he was eager to carry on
his father's legacy. He said his father's advice and guidance is
with him constantly.
“Nonstop,” he said. “It's with me
nonstop. It was nice being the only two Prutches in the Corps. Now
I'm just going to have to carry the load.”
In his remarks
Walters thanked the sergeant major's wife Jennifer for being both a
military wife and a military mom.
“Jen, thanks for letting
us have him for 30 years,” Walters said.
“Hopefully we can
get another 28 out of your son.”
By USMC Cpl. Brian Adam Jones
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