12 Apr 2001 | Sgt. Richard W. Holtgraver, Jr.

Last week, Lt. Gen. Earl B. Hailston, commanding general of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force took time from the General Officer's conference to visit units under his command at MCB Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.

For two days Lt. Gen. Hailston visited and spoke with the commanding officers of 3rd Marine Regiment, Combat Service Support Group 3 and 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Aviation Support Element before visiting unit sections, and observing demonstrations given by junior officers.

After he visited the K-Bay units he participated in the two-day general officers' conference at Camp Smith.  Initially, Lt. Gen. Hailston was to visit the Hawaiian units in late February. 

"Lt. Gen. Hailston took time out to refresh himself with the personnel and the capabilities of his Hawaii-based units," said Col. Paul D. Adams, commanding officer of CSSG-3. 
"We were pleased to interact with and inform the III MEF Commanding General of CSSG-3 capabilities and its war fighting prowess."

Much of Lt. Gen. Hailston's time was spent listening to what section officers had to say about new programs and equipment.

The general paid close attention to the demonstrations and maintained his focus on what Marines had to say.

"The visit by Lt. Gen. Hailston went extremely well," said Col. Adams. "Marines and Sailors were chomping at the bit to showcase new initiatives and programs implemented since he was Commanding General of 3rd Force Service Support Group 3 in 1995."

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