WASHINGTON, D.C. --
General David H. Berger received the battle colors of the Marine Corps from Gen. Robert B. Neller during a passage of command ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington, July 11, signifying his new position as the 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Berger, a Woodbine, Maryland native and 38-year Marine veteran, assumes responsibility as the senior ranking officer of the Corps.
"This is a special generation of Marines and Sailors, and I am quite confident that we will continue to be the force the nation needs us to be," said Berger. "I am honored for the opportunity to continue serving in this cloth."
Neller, an East Lansing, Michigan native, relinquished command of the Marine Corps after serving in the top post since 2015.
During his time as the 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Neller moved forward to meet challenges with his planning guidance stressing innovation, adaptation and winning America’s battles.
“Thanks to all Marines, Sailors and their families that I have had the honor and privilege to serve with,” said Neller. “Your efforts and sacrifices as warfighters and citizens make the nation proud. Every day strive to be men and women of virtue and honor. Protect what you’ve earned."