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U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

Sergeants major post, relieve, retire

By Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso | | April 16, 2010

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(From left to right) Sergeants Major Scott M. Smith and James Roberts Jr., the incoming and outgoing sergeants major for Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, respectively, report to Col. Alan L. Thoma, H&S Bn. commander, during a post and relief ceremony April 16 at Bordelon Field, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii. The noncommissioned officer's sword Roberts holds symbolizes his position as the unit's senior enlisted advisor and was ceremoniously passed to Smith during the ceremony.

(From left to right) Sergeants Major Scott M. Smith and James Roberts Jr., the incoming and outgoing sergeants major for Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, respectively, report to Col. Alan L. Thoma, H&S Bn. commander, during a post and relief ceremony April 16 at Bordelon Field, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii. The noncommissioned officer's sword Roberts holds symbolizes his position as the unit's senior enlisted advisor and was ceremoniously passed to Smith during the ceremony. (Photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)


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Sergeant Maj. Scott M. Smith, the new Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, sergeant major, speaks to his Marines and event attendees, during a post and relief ceremony April 16 at Bordelon Field, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii. Smith has worked with the outgoing sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. James Roberts Jr., for the last couple months to ensure his Marines received the quality leadership they deserve.

Sergeant Maj. Scott M. Smith, the new Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, sergeant major, speaks to his Marines and event attendees, during a post and relief ceremony April 16 at Bordelon Field, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii. Smith has worked with the outgoing sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. James Roberts Jr., for the last couple months to ensure his Marines received the quality leadership they deserve. (Photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)


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Dozens of service members, family and friends gathered at Bordelon Field, Camp H.M Smith, Hawaii, for the appointment of Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific's new sergeant major and Sgt. Maj. James Roberts Jr's retirement April 16. Roberts leaves behind a legacy of placing the well being of his Marines first.

Dozens of service members, family and friends gathered at Bordelon Field, Camp H.M Smith, Hawaii, for the appointment of Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific's new sergeant major and Sgt. Maj. James Roberts Jr's retirement April 16. Roberts leaves behind a legacy of placing the well being of his Marines first. (Photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)


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Sergeant Maj. James Roberts Jr., former Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, sergeant major, reports to Col. Alan L. Thoma, H&S Bn. commander, during his retirement ceremony April 16 at Bordelon Field, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii. Roberts passed his position as battalion sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. Scott M. Smith prior to his retirement.

Sergeant Maj. James Roberts Jr., former Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, sergeant major, reports to Col. Alan L. Thoma, H&S Bn. commander, during his retirement ceremony April 16 at Bordelon Field, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii. Roberts passed his position as battalion sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. Scott M. Smith prior to his retirement. (Photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)


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Sergeant Maj. James Roberts Jr., former Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, sergeant major, received a Legion of Merit Medal, U.S. flag and several certificates for his nearly 30 years of service April 16 at Bordelon Field, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii, during his retirement ceremony. Roberts passed his position as battalion sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. Scott M. Smith prior to his retirement.

Sergeant Maj. James Roberts Jr., former Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, sergeant major, received a Legion of Merit Medal, U.S. flag and several certificates for his nearly 30 years of service April 16 at Bordelon Field, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii, during his retirement ceremony. Roberts passed his position as battalion sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. Scott M. Smith prior to his retirement. (Photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)


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CAMP H. M. SMITH, Hawaii -- Dozens of service members, family and friends gathered at Bordelon Field, Camp H.M Smith, Hawaii, for the appointment of Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific’s, incoming sergeant major and outgoing sergeant major’s retirement April 16.

Under constant cloud cover and rain, Sgt. Maj. James Roberts Jr. passed the mantle of HQSVC Bn. sergeant major to Sgt. Maj. Scott M. Smith.

The two senior enlisted Marines spent the last few weeks transitioning to ensure the Marines under their charge receive the quality leadership and continuity they deserve.

“My goals as your new sergeant major are first of all the mission, making sure that we are providing that direct support required by the MarForPac headquarters,” Smith said. “From what I’ve seen, that’s happening and I want to continue seeing that happen as smoothly as possible. My second goal is focusing on noncommissioned officer mentorship and development, because it’s at that corporal and sergeant level where we make our money.”

The battalion commander said Smith is a Marine who is dedicated to the mission and wellbeing of his Marines.

“I think we’re going to have a good time working together and that’s the key,” said Col. Alan L. Thoma, H&S Bn. Commander.

The ceremony ended with Roberts’ retirement, after nearly 30 years of service. During which, he received a Legion of Merit Medal, a U.S. flag as well as several certificates for his honorable service.

Despite the weather, Roberts was cheerful as always and smiling from ear-to-ear, demonstrating the friendly and approachable manner he used to lead Marines throughout his career.

“I joined almost 30 years ago and it has been a privilege to grow a little grey in the Corps… just a little,” he joked. “I’ve lived my dream. Now it’s time for me to drop my pack and let the younger Marines bare the load. Never forget that what you are doing is honorable work.”

He left with some advice for all Marines, the secret to his success.

“Be where your supposed to be, when your suppose to be there, in the right uniform and in the right mindset,” he said. “Accept every challenge. Thank you, Semper Fi.”

Roberts officially retires Sept. 1 and will dedicate the rest of his life to his college education and mentoring at-risk teenagers.