April 26, 2012
|Lt. Col. Michael E. McWilliams, the outgoing commanding officer of Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, shakes the hand of Maj. Gen. Michael G. Dana, the 2nd MLG commanding general, after receiving his Bronze Star during a ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 19, 2012. |
McWilliams, a Downingtown, Pa., native, received the award for his actions and accomplishments during his 2011 deployment with CLB-8 in Afghanistan. He led the battalion since July 2010 but is now furthering his career at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.
“I want to thank you for an absolutely phenomenal job overseas,” said Maj. Gen. Michael G. Dana, the 2nd MLG commanding general. “I had 14 different commanders over a year in Afghanistan, and no one is more deserving of this award than you are.”
“The things in the citation are what you did,” McWilliams explained to the Marines and sailors in attendance. “I'm very proud of our accomplishments in Afghanistan ... when I wear this award, I'll think of all of you in CLB-8 because you are who really earned it.”
Story and photo by USMC Sgt. Rachael Moore