Retiring United States Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller, left, presents the Marine colors to Gen. David Berger, who became the 38th Commandant of the Corps during a passage of command ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., July 11, 2019. At right is Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald L. Green (EMMA SWISLOW/STARS AND STRIPES)
Retiring United States Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller, left, presents the Marine colors to Gen. David Berger, who became the 38th Commandant of the Corps during a passage of command ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., July 11, 2019. At right is Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald L. Green (EMMA SWISLOW/STARS AND STRIPES)

Outgoing Marine commandant Neller emphasizes need to prepare for 'very different' conflicts

by Emma Swislow
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON —  Gen. David H. Berger became the 38th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps during a passage of command ceremony on Thursday, July 11, 2019. He replaces retiring Gen. Robert Neller.

Following musical performances by the United States Marine Band and a parade, Neller presented Berger with the Marine Corps colors, officially handing over the command. Afterwards, acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Neller and Berger spoke to the audience.

Neller talked about the path forward for the Marine Corps, which he said has already made great improvements since he joined in 1975.

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