CAMP PENDELTON, Calif. -- Marines and sailors with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony here April 22.
Lt. Col. Michael D. Grice relinquished command of the unit to Lt. Col. Brian Bruggeman during the ceremony.
The ceremony marked the end of two years as commanding officer here, but also the end of Grice’s career as he retired after serving in the Marine Corps 27 years.
“It’s truly been my deepest honor to stand as one of the Marines and sailors of 1st ANGLICO,” Grice said during his speech. As the new commanding officer steps on deck, so does his expectation for excellence.
“I want our reputation to be quiet humble professionals that are absolutely enthusiastic about what we do.” Bruggeman said.
He added 1st ANGLICO is as tactically sound as any unit in the Marine Corps and he wants to continue with that reputation.
Bruggeman is the first aviator to command 1st ANGLICO.
He attended the United States Naval Academy, graduated in 1994, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.
After the Naval Academy, he graduated the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, Okla., in 1995 and then reported to the 12th Marine Regiment in Okinawa, Japan.
In 1997, as a first lieutenant, Bruggeman underwent naval aviation training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and in 1999 was designated a naval aviator.
In 2001, Capt. Bruggeman deployed to the Mediterranean aboard the USS Kearsarge with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 266 as part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
In 2003, he deployed with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2004, he deployed with HMLA-167 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
In July 2004, he was assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence’s Air and Air Defense Threat Analysis Division.
In 2007, Bruggeman returned to HMLA-167 where he deployed again to Iraq in 2008 and 2009. He was promoted to his current rank in August 2010. He holds a bachelor of science in economics and a master of business administration.