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3rd Marines see new stars today

Date Posted: 2009-08-20

Marines at Camp Hansen will be star gazing today at Camp Hansen as they see a new commanding general take the reins of the 3rd Marine Division.

Brigadier General James B. Laster assumes command of the 3rd Marine Division in ceremonies at the northern Okinawa camp, taking the guidon from Major General Robert B. Neller. Neller departs Okinawa headed for a new post at Quantico, Virginia, where he will serve as president of the Marine Corps University.

The incoming general comes to Okinawa from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., and Eastern Recruiting Region, where he was commanding general. Laster has a Master of Science degree in national strategy from th National War College. Hes also a graduate of New Mexico Miitary Institute and Southwest Texas State.


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