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    Henderson Hall Changes Command

    By Ian Graham
    Pentagram Staff Writer

    Marines, Soldiers and civilian employees surrounded the parade ground at Henderson Hall, honoring outgoing Battalion Commander Col. William K. Lietzau as he passed the guidon to new Commander Col. Roarke L. Anderson.

    Anderson, originally from Chicago, joined the Marine Corps in 1975. He served an enlistment before joining the Marine Corps Reserve, earning a degree in 1984 and accepting a commission into the Corps.

    He has served around the world, deploying to Okinawa, the Philippines, Korea, Guantanamo Bay, Japan, Bahrain, Kuwait and Iraq. In 1999 he earned his first master’s degree, in business; he later earned a second in national security and strategic studies, from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

    Most recently, Anderson worked as the Marine Corps Representative to the Chairman’s Joint Strategy Development Group at the Pentagon.

    Anderson’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal and two Combat Action Ribbons.

    Lietzau, a 1983 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and 1989 Yale Law School graduate, took command of Henderson Hall in July 2007. He will be taking a post in the White House as deputy legal advisor to the National Security Council.

    For his efforts in maintaining Henderson Hall as a viable headquarters for Marine Corps operations in the National Capital Region,

    In his farewell speech, he thanked his family and friends for attending the ceremony. He also thanked his sergeants major, for completing the tasks he needed them to accomplish.

    ‘‘When people talk about all of the things we’ve accomplished here, it’s because of these guys out there making it happen,” Lietzau said.

    He said it’s become clichÈ for award recipients to give their subordinates credit for the recipient’s success. But it’s clichÈ because it’s so frequently true and needs to be said — it certainly is in his case, he said.

    Before serving as Henderson Hall commander, Lietzau served as the Staff Judge Advocate to U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. He worked on several U.S. delegations in multilateral treaty negotiations, he led the U.S. negotiating team responsible for defining war crimes for the International Criminal Court and spent off-duty time teaching international law in Georgetown University Law Center’s Master of Laws program and publishing articles on international, criminal and constitutional law.


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