(L-R) LtCol Jonathan Goff, SgtMaj Walter Baldwin, and LtCol Jeffery Holt . Marine Corps Base Hawaii. December 2009.

Lt. Col. Jonathan C. Goff (right), relinquishes his command to Lt. Col. Jeffery C. Holt by passing on 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment’s battle colors during the battalion’s change of command ceremony at Dewey Square Dec. 11. “America’s Battalion,” bid farewell to Goff, and welcomed Holt, the former operations officer for 3rd Marine Regiment. Goff has received orders to detach from the battalion and report to the commanding officer of 3rd Marine Regiment for duty until early next year when he will be assigned to U.S. Pacific Command as a Japanese, Far East expert. Within the last year, under Goff’s command, 3/3 conducted Operation Task Force MP in Iraq, guarding the lines of communication and convoys traveling across the desert lands of Western Iraq.

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