Change of command: Honolulu native takes reins at PTA

  • Lt. Col. Loreto V. Borce Jr. and his family are congratulated by guests at a reception following Thursday's Change of Command Ceremony. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Lt. Col. Loreto V. Borce Jr., incoming Garrison Commander of Pohakuloa Training Area, receives a lei from Maiki Akimseu at Thursday’s Change of Command Ceremony.

  • Lt. Col. Christopher Marquez, left, outgoing Garrison Commander of Pohakuloa Training Area, left, is greeted by fellow soldiers at Thursday's Change of Command Ceremony. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Fifty state flags fly at Thursday's Change of Command Ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Lt. Col. Loreto V. Borce Jr., incoming Garrison Commander of Pohakuloa Training Area, delivers his speech at Thursday's Change of Command Ceremony. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Lt. Col. Christopher Marquez, outgoing Garrison Commander of Pohakuloa Training Area, says farewell during Thursday's Change of Command Ceremony. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Lt. Col. Christopher Marquez, outgoing Garrison Commander of Pohakuloa Training Area, left, and Col. Stephen Dawson, Commander, United States 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 Change of Command Ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area on Thursday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Howitzers are positioned in front of the Change of Command Ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area on Thursday. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • The Garrison flag is passed to the new commander, Lt. Col. Loreto V. Borce Jr., at Pohakuloa Training Area’s Change of Command Ceremony on Thursday. (Laura Ruminksi/West Hawaii Today)

  • Lt. Col. Loreto V. Borce Jr. , incoming Garrison Commander of Pohakuloa Training Area, right, takes photos with fellow soldiers at Thursday's Change of Command Ceremony. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

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.