NEW GENERAL TAKES OVER COMBAT CENTER COMMAND

NEW GENERAL TAKES OVER COMBAT CENTER COMMAND

A change of command at the Combat Center will feature two Marines who have handed off command to each other in the past. Maj. Gen. David Berger will relinquish command of the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, to Maj. Gen. Lewis Craparotta, during a ceremony Thursday at 8 a.m. at Lance Corporal Torrey L. Gray Field. On February 25, 2012, the roles were reversed; then-Brig. Gen. Craparotta, the commanding general of 2nd Marine Division (Forward), transferred authority of Task Force Leatherneck at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, to Maj. Gen. Berger, commanding general of 1st Marine Division (Forward). Berger has been nominated by President Barack Obama for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and will report to I Marine Expeditionary Force, at Camp Pendleton later this month. Craparotta was the director of operations for Headquarters U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.

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