MCAS-NEW RIVER — Marine Corps Air Station New River has a new commanding officer.
Lt. Col. Mitchell Cassell took command Friday after a ceremony on the flight line. Cassell said his leadership style will be based on respect.
"My basic philosophy is you treat people the way they deserve to be treated and the results that you need will probably follow," said Cassell.
Lt. Col. Cassell will now lead the air station's 7,000 Marines and sailors as well as 1,000 civilian workers. Outgoing commander Col. Jeffrey Hewlett transferred command with the ceremonial passing of the flag. Col. Hewlett is also retiring from the Marine Corps and said the ceremony was bittersweet for him.
"On one hand i'm extremely excited to be moving on with my wife and going back home to the family and on the other this is all I've done my entire adult life and I love it. I love the organization. I love the people so I'm really going to miss it," said Hewlett .
This command marks Lt. Col. Cassell's second tour of duty at MCAS-New River. He spent four years at the air station beginning in 1991 and flew in CH-53 helicopters.