Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz marks first change of command

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Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz marks first change of command. (Contributed photo)

Col. Christopher L. Bopp assumed the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Blaz on May 7, 2021 at the MCB Camp Blaz Aviation Maintenance Hangar on Andersen Air Force Base.

Bopp relieved the outbound commanding officer, Col. Bradley M. Magrath, who
has been in charge since 2019. During his command, Magrath saw the
transition from Marine Corps Activity Guam (MCAG) to MCB Camp Blaz.

“It was a great honor to serve as Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz’s first
commanding officer,” said Magrath. “I am leaving Guam with a heavy heart and
am extremely grateful for how Guam has made us feel welcomed from the day we
arrived on the island. Thanks to all those who have made the last two years
unforgettable.”

Bopp is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned
in 1996. He most recently served as a Secretary of Defense Executive Fellow
at Norfolk Southern Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia.

“I am extremely excited to be taking command of Marine Corps Base Camp
Blaz,” said Bopp. “I look forward to the opportunity to lead our nation’s
finest and continuing the great progress that has been accomplished thus
far. We remain committed to working together with all our partners to ensure
a responsible and effective construction process.”

MCB Camp Blaz, named after Brigadier General Vincente Tomas Garrido Blaz, a
Marine officer of 29 years and former Guam delegate to the U.S. House of
Representatives, symbolizes Guam’s contributions to national security and
the continued partnership between the Marine Corps and the Government of
Guam. MCB Blaz is essential to strengthening the Marine Corps’ ability to
deter and defend, as well as strengthening the capabilities of our allies
and partners in ensuring regional security.

(Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz Release)

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