Their posts puts the two men in prime positions to influence young enlisted Marines as well as senior officers, said Brig. Lt. Gen. David Berger, I 1MEF's commanding general er, said.
"These two sergeants major are great examples for the rest of us, officers or enlisted," Berger said during the ceremony. "They just set the personal example in everything that they do, we want to be like them." Berger said during a ceremony.
Green said he tries to stress to young Marines that their leaders support them.
"We tell them that we got their back," Green said. "That's what we tell them because tomorrow we might be in the fight."
Kasal, in his brief remarks during the ceremony here, praised Marines with his new unit for their work.
"To all the Marines and sailors of the I MEF, I thank you for what you do," he said. "I thank you for creating hate and discontent among the bad guys around the world, and I'm truly humbled to work for you and serve beside you."
War photographer Lucian Read snapped a picture of Kasal as he was carried out of the building. The photo became one of the defining images of the war in Iraq and, in particular, Marines and the Battle of Fallujah.
Sgt. Maj. Anthony Spadaro, the top enlisted Marine at Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North, regularly worked with Kasal during his time at 4th MarDiv. While he's known for his heroism and toughness in Fallujah, Kasal has an extremely personable and warm side that typically doesn't get as much attention in the history books, Spadaro said.
Spadaro also worked with Green.
"Ron Green, his personality could fill the depth of the area right here," Spadaro said while standing by a parade field.
Both Marines, despite their long lists of accomplishments and influential billets, are very easy to build a rapport with and like working with young Marines and sailors, Spadaro said. Unlike other senior leaders that some service members try and avoid in order to prevent confrontations, Green and Kasal these two sergeants major are consistently well-received by the Marines working under them, he said.
"Marines come up to them," Spadaro said. "They can trust them, they're approachable."
While the ceremony marked a change in leadership, Kasal said he still has loose ends to tie up in New Orleans before he relocates to California 1MEF at Camp Pendleton. Green will become the 18th sergeant major of the Marine Corps on Feb. 20 in a ceremony in Washington D.C. Gen. Joseph Dunford, the commandant of the Marine Corps, selected Green for the top-enlisted job in January.
A Marine for 31 years, Green trained as an artilleryman, has been stationed in Japan, worked in the nuclear artillery battalion, and served as a drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, in the early 1990s. He became a gunnery sergeant in 1997 and first sergeant three years later. He became a sergeant major in 2004, and was the senior enlisted Marine at Marine Corps Forces Europe and Marine Corps Forces Africa before joining I MEF.