Change of command: Honolulu native takes reins at PTA

  • Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today Lt. Col. Loreto V. Borce Jr. and his family are congratulated by guests at a reception after Thursday's Change of Command Ceremony.
  • Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today Lt. Col. Loreto V. Borce Jr., incoming garrison commander, receives a lei from Maiki Akimseu during Thursday's change of command ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area.
  • Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today Lt. Col. Loreto V. Borce Jr., incoming garrison commander, right, takes photos with fellow soldiers during Thursday's change of command ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area..
  • Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today Lt. Col. Christopher Marquez, left, outgoing garrison commander, is greeted by fellow soldiers during Thursday's change of command ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area.
  • Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today Fifty state flags are displayed during Thursday's change of command ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area.
  • Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today Howitzers are positioned in front of the change of command ceremony Thursday at Pohakuloa Training Area.
  • Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today Lt. Col. Loreto V. Borce Jr., incoming garrison commander, delivers his speech during Thursday's change of command ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area..
  • Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today Lt. Col. Christopher Marquez, outgoing garrison commander, says farewell during Thursday's change of command ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area.
  • Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today Lt. Col. Christopher Marquez, outgoing garrison commander of Pohakuloa Training Area, left, and Col. Stephen Dawson, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii, salute the flag.
  • Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today Kahu Danny Akaka blows the pu and gives the blessing at the start of the Thursday's change of command ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area.
  • Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today The garrison flag is passed to the new commander, Lt. Col. Loreto V. Borce Jr., during Thursday's change of command ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area.

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA — With a ceremonial passing of the colors, outgoing Lt. Col. Christopher M. Marquez relinquished command of Pohakuloa Training Area to Lt. Col. Loreto V. Borce Jr.