Change of command: Cronin assumes leadership at Big Island military base

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A poem is read during the change-of-command Ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area on Tuesday.

  • Lt. Col. Loreto V. “JR” Borce Jr. family becomes emotional during his speech during the change-of-command ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area on Tuesday. (Photos by Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Will Gray places a kukui nut lei over Lt. Col. Loreto V. “JR” Borce Jr. before the change-of-command Ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area on Tuesday.

  • Kekai Borce’s silhouette is displayed over a video as she dances hula during the change-of-command Ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area on Tuesday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Kekai Borce performs a hula to bless the change-of-command Ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area on Tuesday.

  • Lt. Col. Kevin Cronin gives a speech after accepting command of Pohakuloa Training Area.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Lt. Col. Kevin Cronin, left, and his wife, Anne, smile while Lt. Col. Loreto V. "JR" Borce Jr. gives a speech during the change-of-command ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Lt. Col. Loreto V. "JR" Borce Jr. smiles while looking outside the theater before the change-of-command ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area on Tuesday. After three years, Borce passed the baton to Lt. Col. Kevin Cronin.

  • Above: Lt. Col. Kevin Cronin is presented colors during the change-of-command ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area on Tuesday. Below: Lt. Col. Loreto V. “JR” Borce Jr. hugs Command Sgt. Maj. Will Gray. (Photos by Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

  • Lt. Col. Loreto V. “JR” Borce Jr. hugs Command Sgt. Maj. Will Gray after being presented awards before the change-of-command ceremony at Pohakuloa Training Area on Tuesday. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

After three years at the helm, Lt. Col. Loreto “JR” V. Borce Jr. on Tuesday passed the baton — or, more accurately, presented the colors — of Pohakuloa Training Area to Lt. Col Kevin Cronin.