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Marine Corps Air Station New River

"Pardon Our Noise, It's The Sound Of Freedom"
MCAS New River bids Allen farewell, welcomes Oldenburg

By Cpl. Mary M. Carmona | Marine Corps Air Station New River | April 11, 2014

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Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. salutes during the national anthem during the Marine Corps Air Station New River's relief and appointment and retirement ceremony held aboard MCAS New River, N.C., April 11. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg. During the ceremony, noncommissioned officers held key billets during the ceremony and marched with the noncommissioned officer sword. Sgt. Maj. Allen’s son, Sgt. Robert A. Allen III, a motor transportation specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, was the commander of troops for the ceremony.

Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. salutes during the national anthem during the Marine Corps Air Station New River's relief and appointment and retirement ceremony held aboard MCAS New River, N.C., April 11. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg. During the ceremony, noncommissioned officers held key billets during the ceremony and marched with the noncommissioned officer sword. Sgt. Maj. Allen’s son, Sgt. Robert A. Allen III, a motor transportation specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, was the commander of troops for the ceremony. (Photo by Cpl. Mary M. Carmona)


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Sergeants Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr., left, and William H. Oldenburg, right, report to Col. Timothy M. Salmon, Marine Corps Air Station New River commanding officer, during a relief and appointment and retirement ceremony held aboard MCAS New River, April 11. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Oldenburg. During the ceremony, noncommissioned officers held key billets during the ceremony and marched with the noncommissioned officer sword. Sgt. Maj. Allen’s son, Sgt. Robert A. Allen III, a motor transportation specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, was the commander of troops for the ceremony.

Sergeants Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr., left, and William H. Oldenburg, right, report to Col. Timothy M. Salmon, Marine Corps Air Station New River commanding officer, during a relief and appointment and retirement ceremony held aboard MCAS New River, April 11. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Oldenburg. During the ceremony, noncommissioned officers held key billets during the ceremony and marched with the noncommissioned officer sword. Sgt. Maj. Allen’s son, Sgt. Robert A. Allen III, a motor transportation specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, was the commander of troops for the ceremony. (Photo by Cpl. Mary M. Carmona)


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Col. Timothy M. Salmon passes the noncommissioned officer sword to Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg during the Marine Corps Air Station New River relief and appointment ceremony held at the air station, April 11. Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Oldenburg.

Col. Timothy M. Salmon passes the noncommissioned officer sword to Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg during the Marine Corps Air Station New River relief and appointment ceremony held at the air station, April 11. Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Oldenburg. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan G. Coleman)


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Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr., center, outgoing sergeant major for Marine Corps Air Station New River, passes the noncommissioned officer sword to Col. Timothy M. Salmon, air station commanding officer, during the relief and appointment ceremony held at the air station, April 11. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt, Maj. William H. Oldenburg.

Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr., center, outgoing sergeant major for Marine Corps Air Station New River, passes the noncommissioned officer sword to Col. Timothy M. Salmon, air station commanding officer, during the relief and appointment ceremony held at the air station, April 11. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt, Maj. William H. Oldenburg. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan G. Coleman)


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Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. receives awards and the national flag from Col. Timothy M. Salmon, Marine Corps Air Station New River commanding officer, during the retirement portion of the relief and appointment ceremony held aboard the air station, April 11. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg. Allen retired after 30 years of faithful and honorable service.

Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. receives awards and the national flag from Col. Timothy M. Salmon, Marine Corps Air Station New River commanding officer, during the retirement portion of the relief and appointment ceremony held aboard the air station, April 11. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg. Allen retired after 30 years of faithful and honorable service. (Photo by Cpl. Mary M. Carmona)


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Sgt. Robert A. Allen III, commander of troops and motor transportation specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, marches the color guard to retire the colors during the Marine Corps Air Station New River relief and appointment and retirement ceremony for Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. (outgoing) and Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg aboard the air station, April 11. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Oldenburg. During the ceremony, noncommissioned officers held key billets during the ceremony and marched with the noncommissioned officer sword. Sgt. Allen is the son of Sgt. Maj. Allen.

Sgt. Robert A. Allen III, commander of troops and motor transportation specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, marches the color guard to retire the colors during the Marine Corps Air Station New River relief and appointment and retirement ceremony for Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. (outgoing) and Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg aboard the air station, April 11. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Oldenburg. During the ceremony, noncommissioned officers held key billets during the ceremony and marched with the noncommissioned officer sword. Sgt. Allen is the son of Sgt. Maj. Allen. (Photo by Cpl. Mary M. Carmona)


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Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. steps down as Marine Corps Air Station New River sergeant major during a relief and appointment and retirement ceremony held aboard MCAS New River, N.C., April 11. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt. Maj.  William H. Oldenburg. During the ceremony, noncommissioned officers held key billets during the ceremony and marched with the noncommissioned officer sword. Sgt. Maj. Allen’s son, Sgt. Robert A. Allen III, a motor transportation specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, was the commander of troops for the ceremony.

Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. steps down as Marine Corps Air Station New River sergeant major during a relief and appointment and retirement ceremony held aboard MCAS New River, N.C., April 11. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg. During the ceremony, noncommissioned officers held key billets during the ceremony and marched with the noncommissioned officer sword. Sgt. Maj. Allen’s son, Sgt. Robert A. Allen III, a motor transportation specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, was the commander of troops for the ceremony. (Photo by Cpl. Mary M. Carmona)


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Sgt. Robert A. Allen III, Sgt. Maj. Robert Allen Jr.'s son, hug after the Marine Corps Air Station New River relief and appointment, and retirement ceremony held aboard the air station, April 11. Sgt. Allen served as the commander of troops during the ceremony, in which Sgt. Maj. Allen retired after 30 years of faithful and honorable service.

Sgt. Robert A. Allen III, Sgt. Maj. Robert Allen Jr.'s son, hug after the Marine Corps Air Station New River relief and appointment, and retirement ceremony held aboard the air station, April 11. Sgt. Allen served as the commander of troops during the ceremony, in which Sgt. Maj. Allen retired after 30 years of faithful and honorable service. (Photo by Cpl. Mary M. Carmona)


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Sgt. Robert A. Allen III, a motor transportation specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, and Sgt. Maj. Robert Allen Jr.'s son, serves as the commander of troops during the Marine Corps Air Station New River relief and appointment ceremony held aboard the air station April 11. Sgt. Maj. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg. During the ceremony, noncommissioned officers held key billets during the ceremony and marched with the noncommissioned officer sword.

Sgt. Robert A. Allen III, a motor transportation specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, and Sgt. Maj. Robert Allen Jr.'s son, serves as the commander of troops during the Marine Corps Air Station New River relief and appointment ceremony held aboard the air station April 11. Sgt. Maj. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg. During the ceremony, noncommissioned officers held key billets during the ceremony and marched with the noncommissioned officer sword. (Photo by Cpl. Mary M. Carmona)


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Col. Timothy M. Salmon, Marine Corps Air Station New River commanding officer, speaks about the accomplishments of Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. during a relief and appointment and retirement ceremony, April 11. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg. During the ceremony, noncommissioned officers held key billets during the ceremony and marched with the noncommissioned officer sword. Sgt. Maj. Allen’s son, Sgt. Robert A. Allen III, a motor transportation specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, was the commander of troops for the ceremony.

Col. Timothy M. Salmon, Marine Corps Air Station New River commanding officer, speaks about the accomplishments of Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. during a relief and appointment and retirement ceremony, April 11. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg. During the ceremony, noncommissioned officers held key billets during the ceremony and marched with the noncommissioned officer sword. Sgt. Maj. Allen’s son, Sgt. Robert A. Allen III, a motor transportation specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, was the commander of troops for the ceremony. (Photo by Cpl. Mary M. Carmona)


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The staff for the Marine Corps Air Station New River relief and appointment and retirement ceremony await the command "fall-in," to commence the ceremony, April 11. Noncommissioned officers held key billets for the ceremony and marched with the NCO sword. Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg. Allen retired after 30 years of faithful and honorable service.

The staff for the Marine Corps Air Station New River relief and appointment and retirement ceremony await the command "fall-in," to commence the ceremony, April 11. Noncommissioned officers held key billets for the ceremony and marched with the NCO sword. Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg. Allen retired after 30 years of faithful and honorable service. (Photo by Cpl. Mary M. Carmona)


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First Platoon Commander Sgt. Dominique Alexis, Air Traffic Controller with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron,and First Platoon Guide Cpl. Bryan D. Johnson, bulk fuel specialist with H&HS, stand at parade rest during the Marine Corps Air Station New River relief and appointment and retirement ceremony, April 11. Noncommissioned officers held key billets for the ceremony and marched with the NCO sword. Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg. Allen retired after 30 years of faithful and honorable service.

First Platoon Commander Sgt. Dominique Alexis, Air Traffic Controller with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron,and First Platoon Guide Cpl. Bryan D. Johnson, bulk fuel specialist with H&HS, stand at parade rest during the Marine Corps Air Station New River relief and appointment and retirement ceremony, April 11. Noncommissioned officers held key billets for the ceremony and marched with the NCO sword. Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg. Allen retired after 30 years of faithful and honorable service. (Photo by Cpl. Mary M. Carmona)


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Color guard Marines present the colors during the Marine Corps Air Station relief and appointment and retirement ceremony held aboard the air station, April 11. Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg. During the ceremony, noncommissioned officers held key billets during the ceremony and marched with the noncommissioned officer sword. Sgt. Maj. Allen’s son, Sgt. Robert A. Allen III, a motor transportation specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, was the commander of troops for the ceremony.

Color guard Marines present the colors during the Marine Corps Air Station relief and appointment and retirement ceremony held aboard the air station, April 11. Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg. During the ceremony, noncommissioned officers held key billets during the ceremony and marched with the noncommissioned officer sword. Sgt. Maj. Allen’s son, Sgt. Robert A. Allen III, a motor transportation specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, was the commander of troops for the ceremony. (Photo by Cpl. Mary M. Carmona)


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Marines from Marine Corps Air Station New River march the pass and review portion of the relief and appointment and retirement ceremony for Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr., outgoing, and Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg (incoming), April 11. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Oldenburg. During the ceremony, noncommissioned officers held key billets during the ceremony and marched with the noncommissioned officer sword. Sgt. Maj. Allen’s son, Sgt. Robert A. Allen III, a motor transportation specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, was the commander of troops for the ceremony.

Marines from Marine Corps Air Station New River march the pass and review portion of the relief and appointment and retirement ceremony for Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr., outgoing, and Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg (incoming), April 11. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Oldenburg. During the ceremony, noncommissioned officers held key billets during the ceremony and marched with the noncommissioned officer sword. Sgt. Maj. Allen’s son, Sgt. Robert A. Allen III, a motor transportation specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, was the commander of troops for the ceremony. (Photo by Cpl. Mary M. Carmona)


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Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. served as the Marine Corps New River Air Station sergeant major for two years, and gave 30 years of faithful and honorable service to the Marine Corps. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg.

Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. served as the Marine Corps New River Air Station sergeant major for two years, and gave 30 years of faithful and honorable service to the Marine Corps. Allen relinquished his post as the air station sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg. (Photo by Cpl. Mary M. Carmona)


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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. --

Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. relinquished the role of Marine Corps Air Station New River senior enlisted advisor to Sgt. Maj.  William H. Oldenburg during a relief and appointment, and retirement ceremony held at the C-12 flight line aboard the air station, April 11. Allen served as the MCAS New River sergeant major for two years and retired after 30 years of faithful and honorable service.
Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Allen Jr. relinquished the role of Marine Corps Air Station New River senior enlisted advisor to Sgt. Maj.  William H. Oldenburg during a relief and appointment, and retirement ceremony held at the C-12 flight line aboard the air station, April 11.

Allen served as the MCAS New River sergeant major for two years and retired after 30 years of faithful and honorable service.

The guest speaker, Col. Timothy M. Salmon, air station commanding officer, thanked Allen for his dedication and exemplary service, not only for his time aboard the air station but also throughout his entire Marine Corps career.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have Sgt. Maj. Allen as my sergeant major the last nine months,” said Col. Timothy M. Salmon, air station commanding officer.  “I started thinking of some of his character traits and the first that came to mind were smart, hardworking, diligent and faithful. He’s a Marine’s Marine.”

Allen, during his final speech, attributed his drive to the Marines, family and friends surrounding him.

“A young Marine asked me what what makes me tick, what motivates me,” Allen said. “To me it is very simple.  It is all of you.  Marines, thank you very much. Keep looking forward. This is your house. You are the watch.”

Noncommissioned officers held key billets during the ceremony and marched with the noncommissioned officer sword. Sgt. Maj. Allen’s son, Sgt. Robert A. Allen III, a motor transportation specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, was the commander of troops for the ceremony. The commander of troops is responsible for the formation, presentation and march in review.

“In case you didn’t recognize the similarity between the commander of troops and the sergeant major, it’s a father-son team here,” Salmon said. “So we’re doing a little bit more here than passing the sword from one sergeant major to another sergeant major. We are indeed passing the torch from one generation to another of leaders.”

During the ceremony, Allen was awarded the Legion of Merit.

Sgt. Maj. William H. Oldenburg, MCAS New River’s newest sergeant major, gave a brief speech with his goal for serving as station sergeant major.

“Once I got the job, I started thinking to myself, why do you want to be here,” Oldenburg said. “Now is the opportunity as the station sergeant major to help you and provide that support and those services so that you can focus on your task as being the best aviators and aviation element of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force.”



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