CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Marines and Sailors with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, gathered at the HMLA-369 hangar for a change of command ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 6, 2014.
During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Tres Smith, the off-going commanding officer of HMLA-369, was relieved by Lt. Col. Jamey Federico, from Buffalo, N.Y.
Smith received the Meritorious Service Medal in recognition of his time as commanding officer prior to being relieved.
During his time as commanding officer, a position he held since June 2012, Smith was in charge of every aspect of the 438 Marines under his command and also of making sure the unit was ready for continuous combat operations.
"These are great Marines and I was proud to have served them as their commanding officer," said Smith. "I have been humbled by the experience and wish everyone the best of luck."
Prior to the change of command ceremony, Federico served as the Marine Aircraft Group 39 operations officer.
"I look forward to serving the Marines, Sailors and families of HMLA-369 as your new commanding officer," said Federico. "I look forward to being a part of the history and legacy of the unit that everyone here has worked so hard to uphold."