OKINAWA, Japan — Regimental Sgt. Maj. Douglas Yagel, a Defiance native, relinquished command of 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division to Sgt. Maj. Wesley Misenhimer during a relief and appointment ceremony on June 8 at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan.

Yagel has been the senior enlisted advisor of the regiment since 2016 and has worked with the 3rd Marine Division for the past four years. Not only did Yagel relinquish his command of the 12th Marines, he also retired. According to Yagel, June 8 is a special day, marking exactly 30 years of service.

Said Yagel: ”Literally 30 years ago to this day I was stepping on those yellow footprints; I’m actually in better shape now than I was when I joined.”

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