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2015

Passage of command: Neller becomes 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Dunford set to become Joint Chiefs Chairman

By Sgt. Melissa Karnath, Defense Media Activity


Gen. Robert B. Neller, the 37th and new Commandant of the Marine Corps, speaks during his passage of command ceremony at Marine Corps Barracks Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2015. Gen. Dunford relinquished the position to Gen. Robert B. Neller after being confirmed to succeed U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Passage of command: Neller becomes 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Dunford set to become Joint Chiefs Chairman
Gen. Robert B. Neller, the 37th and new Commandant of the Marine Corps, speaks during his passage of command ceremony at Marine Corps Barracks Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2015. Gen. Dunford relinquished the position to Gen. Robert B. Neller after being confirmed to succeed U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter speaks during the Commandant of the Marine Corps passage of command ceremony at Marine Corps Barracks Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2015. Gen. Dunford relinquished the position to Gen. Robert B. Neller, the 37th and new Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Passage of command: Neller becomes 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Dunford set to become Joint Chiefs Chairman
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter speaks during the Commandant of the Marine Corps passage of command ceremony at Marine Corps Barracks Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2015. Gen. Dunford relinquished the position to Gen. Robert B. Neller, the 37th and new Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Gen. Robert B. Neller, right, and Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., salute during a pass in review during their passage of command ceremony at Marine Corps Barracks Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2015. Gen. Dunford, 36th and former Commandant of the Marine Corps, relinquished the position to Gen. Robert B. Neller, the 37th and new Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Passage of command: Neller becomes 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Dunford set to become Joint Chiefs Chairman
Gen. Robert B. Neller, right, and Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., salute during a pass in review during their passage of command ceremony at Marine Corps Barracks Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2015. Gen. Dunford, 36th and former Commandant of the Marine Corps, relinquished the position to Gen. Robert B. Neller, the 37th and new Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Gen. Robert B. Neller, right, and Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., shake hands following their passage of command ceremony at Marine Corps Barracks Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2015. Gen. Dunford, 36th and former Commandant of the Marine Corps, relinquished the position to Gen. Robert B. Neller, the 37th and new Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Passage of command: Neller becomes 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Dunford set to become Joint Chiefs Chairman
Gen. Robert B. Neller, right, and Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., shake hands following their passage of command ceremony at Marine Corps Barracks Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2015. Gen. Dunford, 36th and former Commandant of the Marine Corps, relinquished the position to Gen. Robert B. Neller, the 37th and new Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald L. Green, right, hands the Marine Corps Battle Colors to 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., during the passage of command ceremony at Marine Corps Barracks Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2015. Gen. Dunford relinquished the position to Gen. Robert B. Neller, the 37th and new Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Passage of command: Neller becomes 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Dunford set to become Joint Chiefs Chairman
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald L. Green, right, hands the Marine Corps Battle Colors to 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., during the passage of command ceremony at Marine Corps Barracks Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2015. Gen. Dunford relinquished the position to Gen. Robert B. Neller, the 37th and new Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., the 36th and former Commandant of the Marine Corps, hands the Marine Corps Battle Colors to Gen. Robert B. Neller during their passage of command ceremony at Marine Corps Barracks Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2015. Gen. Dunford relinquished the position to Gen. Robert B. Neller, the 37th and new Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Passage of command: Neller becomes 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Dunford set to become Joint Chiefs Chairman
Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., the 36th and former Commandant of the Marine Corps, hands the Marine Corps Battle Colors to Gen. Robert B. Neller during their passage of command ceremony at Marine Corps Barracks Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2015. Gen. Dunford relinquished the position to Gen. Robert B. Neller, the 37th and new Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps, speaks during his passage of command ceremony at Marine Corps Barracks Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2015. Gen. Dunford was confirmed earlier this year to be the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and will be appointed the position later this year.
Passage of command: Neller becomes 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Dunford set to become Joint Chiefs Chairman
Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps, speaks during his passage of command ceremony at Marine Corps Barracks Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2015. Gen. Dunford was confirmed earlier this year to be the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and will be appointed the position later this year.
WASHINGTON -- General Robert Neller received the battle colors of the Marine Corps from Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. during a passage of command ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington, Sept. 24, 2015, signifying his new position as the 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Neller, an East Lansing, Michigan, native and 40-year Marine veteran, assumes responsibility as the senior ranking officer of the Corps.

"I am honored, proud and humbled to be here," Neller said. "I appreciate your support. Now let's go do this."

During the ceremony, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter spoke highly of Neller and his ability to lead the Marine Corps and spoke about his "greatest trait" — his love for the troops.

"They light up when he's talking to them, and he lights up too," Carter said. 

Dunford, a Boston native, relinquished command of the Marine Corps after serving in the top post for less than a year.

"In his short but significant tenure, Gen. Dunford guided the Marine Corps during the final drawdown in Afghanistan, and maintained the Corps as the most formidable expeditionary fighting force that has ever existed," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "He kept it ready to respond to any crisis throughout the globe in spite of budget constraints, threat of sequestration and the impact of continuing resolutions."

During his time as the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Dunford moved forward to meet challenges with his planning guidance stressing innovation, adaption and winning America’s battles.

"I feel fortunate because a few minutes ago Gen. Neller became my commandant," said Dunford. "Just like all the other Marines and sailors, I have the good fortune to have a leader who's passionate, has extraordinary operational capability, and he has extraordinary energy and vision to take us into the future. We couldn't be in better hands."

Dunford will assume his new position as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Sept. 25, 2015.

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