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Parris Island receives new training commander

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Col John Barnett

Marine Corps Recruit Depot has a new commander for its Recruit Training Regiment.

Col. John took command of the regiment Thursday, according to a news release from the depot.  replaced Col. Matthew St. Clair, who assumed command in June 2016. Previously, was with 2nd Marine Division, where he was chief of staff.

Both and St. Clair’s moves were standard officer rotations, according to depot spokesperson Staff Sgt. Greg Thomas.  previously commanded 3rd Recruit Training Battalion from 2010 to 2012. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 1992 and was then commissioned and trained as a surface-to-air weapons officer.

He later moved into intelligence and deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Wade Livingston: 843-706-8153, @WadeGLivingston

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