Sergeant Major John W. Scott salutes Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, (MARSOC), during his relief and appointment ceremony at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 22.

MARSOC Sergeant Major Passes Legacy Forward

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (SGT Donovan Lee) – United States Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, bid farewell to one sergeant major and welcomed another during a relief and appointment ceremony at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 22.

Sergeant Maj. John W. Scott, relinquished his duties as sergeant major of MARSOC to Sgt. Maj. Doug Schaefer.

“Everyone in the command has come to understand what a tremendous leader that he is,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, commander, MARSOC, speaking of Sgt. Maj. Scott, during the ceremony.
Osterman continued saying that Sgt. Maj. Scott is truly a selfless Marine that has dedicated himself not only to making MARSOC better, but to ensuring that MARSOC, within the Marine Corps and the SOF community, is both well represented and a shining example of Marines.

Schaefer, who joins MARSOC after leaving his post as the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit sergeant major, said he is humbled to have the opportunity to be here.

“I am going to do everything I can to advocate and support everything the Raiders and their families need,” said Schaefer.

Schaefer said he is proud to follow in the footsteps of a leader such as Scott, and that he hopes to continue what Scott has accomplished during his time at MARSOC.

Scott said in a recent interview that there are some differences but overall the responsibilities of being a Sergeant Major don’t differ from special operations forces to conventional Marine Corps.

“Both the Marine Corps and SOCOM recognize the importance of its people. In the Marine Corps it is frequently stated, it is our Marines and sailors who are our most valuable asset. I liken this to the SOF truth ‘humans are more important than hardware’,” said Scott.

During his career, Scott participated in operations throughout America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He deployed in support of operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Restore Hope, and Enduring Freedom.

Scott closed his remarks by saying, “Americans, Marine Raiders are alive and well, and they are on the watch”.

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