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The Grand Paramount Song

Grand Paramount Carabao,
We salute you now,
Hark to the work that is passed through the Herd:
He's a Grand Paramount Carabao.

This Wallow we'll always recall,
A toast to fill the hall,
Our glasses we raise to drown you with praise,
He's a Grand Paramount Carabao.

General Robert Magnus, USMC

General Robert Magnus retired on August 31, 2008, after 39 years in the Marine Corps.  General Magnus was born in Brooklyn, New York, and is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Strayer College.

General Magnus’ command tours have included: Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 365 from 1986-1988; Commander, Marine Corps Bases Western Area/Commanding General, Marine Corps Air Stations El Toro and Miramar from 1997-1999; and Deputy Commander, Marine Forces Pacific from 1999-2000.  Additional operational tours have included Marine Medium Helicopter Squadrons 165, 261, 263 and 264 as well as the Search and Rescue Detachment, Headquarters & Maintenance Squadron 15, Royal Thai Air Force Base Nam Phong and Station Operations & Engineering Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Quantico.

General Magnus’ staff assignments have included tours with Marine Aircraft Groups 26 and 29; Headquarters Marine Corps as Aviation Training Devices and Assault Medium Lift /JVX Requirements Officer from 1980-1984; the Joint Staff as and staff officer and then Chief, Logistics Readiness Center from 1989-91; Executive Assistant to the Director, Joint Staff from 1991-1993; Headquarters Marine Corps as Head, Aviation Plans, Policies, and Budget Branch from 1993-1994 and then as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Aviation from 1995-1997; Headquarters Marine Corps as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies and Operations from 2000-2001, then as Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources from 2001-2005.  From 2005-2008, General Magnus served as the 30th Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.

General Magnus’ personal decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service Medal, and Navy Commendation Medal.