MARCENT welcomes new senior enlisted leader, retires another
Master Sgt. William Price, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command & Sgt. Jordan Belser, U.S. Central Command
MACDILL AFB, Fla. (June 30, 2016) -- United States Marine Corps Forces, Central Command bid farewell to its senior enlisted leader and welcomed another during a relief and appointment ceremony held at the Davis Conference Center aboard Air Force Base MacDill, in Tampa, Fla., June 30.
Sgt. Maj. William T. Thurber replaced Sgt. Maj. Lawrence P. Fineran as sergeant major of MARCENT. Lt. Gen. William D. Beydler, MARCENT commander, presided over the event, which also doubled as a retirement ceremony for Fineran.
“It is an honor to be here at MARCENT and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead,” Thurber said. “I’m ready to get to work.”
Thurber joins MARCENT after serving at U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command, located at Fort Meade, Md.
The newly appointed senior enlisted leader’s first order of duty was to oversee the Marines and Sailors of MARCENT retire Fineran, after he completed nearly 32 faithful years of service to “God, country and Corps.”
“Of course Sgt. Maj. Fineran performed all of the senior enlisted duties well,” Beydler said. “What set him apart was his knowledge of the [CENTCOM] region and his ability to speak and think at the operational level. He really had a great understanding of our Area of Responsibility.”
The former infantryman from Iowa spoke to a packed room of nearly 200 guests, most notably Gen. Joseph Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command, and his Command Sergeant Major Christopher Greca. Marine Maj. Gen. Steven Busby, CENTCOM’s director of strategy, plans and policy and CSM Patrick McCauley Special Operations Capable, Central Command also attended.
Fineran and his wife Lise say they plan to stay in the local area in retirement. He says he will continue to serve the community as the junior NROTC sergeant major at Clearwater High School.