MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. --
Marine Corps Systems Command bid fair winds and following seas to Brig. Gen. Joseph Shrader and welcomed new commander Brig. Gen. (Select) Arthur J. Pasagian in a Change of Command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico May 22.
Lt. Gen. Robert S. Walsh, commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, applauded Shrader for his exemplary service and leadership during a time of change for the command and the Corps.
“He was the right Marine at the right time to lead this command,” said Walsh. “His time at Marine Corps Systems Command was spent preparing our Corps for the future. He has formed this command to be truly agile; not adaptive.”
During his tenure, Shrader led a force structure reorganization that aligned the command’s product lines to the elements of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. Walsh said Shrader’s leadership has resulted in a more ready and modern Corps, better prepared to fight and win the battles of today and tomorrow.
Shrader first enlisted in the Corps in 1981 and received his commission in 1989. His operational tours include Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Provide Comfort in 1991; Operation Unified Assistance 2004 Tsunami Relief; and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In addition to commanding a variety of organizations prior to his time at MCSC, Shrader also served in multiple principal staff positions at battalion, Marine Expeditionary Force and Department of Defense levels. He took command of MCSC in 2014.
As he passed command responsibility to his successor, Shrader reflected on his time at MCSC, thanking the Marines and civilian staff who served under him.
“A leader cannot lead unless he has good people willing to follow,” Shrader said.
Bidding farewell to the command, he expressed his full support and respect for Pasagian.
In his first address as commander of the acquisition command of the Marine Corps, Pasagian expressed his commitment to continued excellence and a laser focus on serving the Marine.
“I thank all the Marines for their service; that’s who we’re here for,” he said. “I’m excited, and I promise everyone here you’re going to get 110 percent out of me every day. And I hope and expect the same thing out of you.”