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Sgt. Maj. Angela M. Maness, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. sergeant major, right, salutes Col. Christian Cabaniss, the Barracks commanding officer, left, during a relief and appointment ceremony at the Barracks June 27, 2013. Maness assumed command of her post after relieving Sgt. Maj. Eric J. Stockton, former Barracks sergeant major. Stockton retired during the ceremony, after more than 30 years of service.

Photo by Sgt. Dengrier M. Baez

Marine Barracks Washington, welcomes new sergeant major

27 Jun 2013 | Marine Barracks Washington, Public Affairs Office

Sgt. Maj. Angela M. Maness took the reins of the “Oldest Post of the Corps,” Thursday as the new sergeant major of Marine Barracks Washington,

Maness assumed the position of sergeant major during a relief and appointment ceremony at the Barracks’ historic parade grounds on June 27.

Maness will be the first woman in history to hold this billet at the Barracks.

A graduate of 4th Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot, Parris Island, S.C., Maness served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has earned numerous awards, to include the Meritorious Service Medal with a gold star in lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award and a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award.

She replaced Sgt. Maj. Eric J. Stockton, who has served as the senior enlisted advisor to the command since April 2010. Upon departing his assignment, Stockton was presented with the Legion of Merit Award by Col. Christian G. Cabaniss, Barracks Commanding Officer.

“I’m going to miss the people most – Marines, sailors and civilian Marines,” said Stockton, when asked how he felt about retiring from the Corps.

In attendance were Gen. James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, his wife Bonnie Amos, Lt. Gen. Willie Williams, former director of Marine Corps Staff, previous sergeants major of the Marine Corps, family and friends of Stockton and Maness.

Marine Barracks Washington, is the Marine Corps’ premier ceremonial unit, conducting missions in and around the National Capital Region, prepares Marines for follow on service in the operating forces, provides security at designated locations, and implements the Marine Corps’ distance learning program.

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