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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.

Public Affairs Office
MISSION: The primary function of the MARCENT public affairs office is to coordinate crisis response and contigency operations throughout the CENTCOM aera of responsibility; and produce, review and edit contingency and operational plans/orders and appendixes as required.  Additional functions include support of deployed Marine forces in Southwest Asia, coordinating community involvement, media relations and photography support for the command.

WEBSITE: The MARCENT website is a tool designed primarily to assist those with orders to MARCENT.  The site also serves a myriad of audiences as a source of current information to educate and inform.

CONTACT: We request a clear and concise e-mail for formal requests of information whenever possible.  Please e-mail comusmarcentpao@marcent.usmc.mil and include specific details of the request along with your full name, phone number and e-mail address.  We may also be reached by phone at (813) 827-4296/4297.

FACEBOOK: The MARCENT FaceBook page "Marcent Family Readiness" is maintained and monitored by the Family Readiness Officer.

Community Relations
* Requests must be submitted a minimum of 14 calendar days prior to your event for consideration. 

MARCENT is a unique command with a very specific mission to support operations and deployed forces in the CENTCOM area of operations.  We do not have a band, aviation assets or ground equipment.  Requests for guest speakers and the MARCENT color guard are considered on a case-by-case basis and must be submitted through and approved by both the public affairs office and the staff judge advocate's office.  A formal response will be provided with approval or denial for each requested event with either an explination for denial or coordinating instructions for eligible events. (note: eligibility does not guarantee support.  Manpower, availability and other factors might preclude an eligible event to be ultimately denied on these factors)


click the text above to download the request form for a Color Guard, Guest Speaker or both.  Submission instructions are on the bottom of the .pdf form. Please call (813) 827-4297 with any questions.

The Marines assigned to MARCENT also pride themselves in being good stewards to the community.  Many volunteer requests are approved and often individual sections coordinate support to non-profit organizations as a way to give back.

If you organize an event or just happen to be somewhere where Marines from MARCENT are present, we welcome any photos you might have with a brief description of the event.  Please submit photos via e-mail to comusmarcentpao@marcent.usmc.mil