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Parris Island commander Padilla awarded his star

Brig. Gen. James B. Laster, left, the former commanding general of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, presents Brig. Gen. Frederick M. Padilla, the new commanding general, with the distinguished general officers' flag at Barrow Hall on Friday. .
Brig. Gen. James B. Laster, left, the former commanding general of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, presents Brig. Gen. Frederick M. Padilla, the new commanding general, with the distinguished general officers' flag at Barrow Hall on Friday. .

Although he officially took the reins of the Marine Corps famous training grounds last week, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island's new commanding general formally became a general Fridaymorning.

During a small, private ceremony inside Barrow Hall, a building on Parris Island that houses the commanding general's office, Frederick Padilla, 50, officially became one of the Marine Corps' general officers, getting a single star pinned to the collar of his service uniform. The ceremony, also known as a frocking, grants service members selected for promotion the right to wear the insignia and uniform and assume the title of the next highest rank.

"It's really an honor and a very humbling experience," Brig. Gen. Padilla said. "So few good officers are selected to be general officers. I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve the country and the Marine Corps."

Padilla took command of the depot last week. He arrived at Parris Island having most recently served as the chief of staff for Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Va.

Also in attendance at Friday's frocking ceremony was Padilla's predecessor, Brig. Gen. James B. Laster. Laster relinquished command of the depot after a 14-month stint as commanding officer of the depot and the Corps' Eastern Recruiting Region, a command also based at Parris Island. Laster will report later this month to Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler in Okinawa, Japan, where he will serve as the commanding general of 3rd Marine Division.

Padilla said his newly awarded star was a tribute to the hard work of many.

"So much of the credit for my career success is owed to the Marines and service members that I've served with," he said.

Padilla was commissioned as a Marine Corps officer in 1983 after completing the Officer Candidate Course, according to his official Marine Corps biography.

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