A change of command ceremony for Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 will be Friday at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.
Lt. Col. Michael J. Sobkowski will relinquish command of the Thunderbolts to Lt. Col. Simon M. Doran, who most recently served as the executive officer for the VMFA-251 Thunderbolts.
Doran will assume command of more than 200 Marines who maintain and fly F/A-18 Hornets in the squadron.
Sobkowski, who assumed command in August 2009, will be the new executive officer for Marine Aircraft Group 11 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., on his next assignment. He led the Thunderbolts on a six-month deployment aboard the USS Enterprise for Operation Enduring Freedom.