Marine Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Craparotta, right, former commanding general of 2nd Marine Division (FWD), transfers authority to Maj. Gen David H. Berger aboard Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, Afghanistan Feb. 25, 2012. In July, Berger will hand over command of Marine Air Ground Task Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms to Craparotta. (Lance Cpl. Catie D. Edwards/Marine Corps)
TWENTYNINE PALMS — Maj. Gen. Lewis A. Craparotta will take over command of Marine Air Ground Task Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms during a change of command ceremony at the base on July 10.
Craparotta, who is currently serving as director of operations for Headquarters U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, will take over for Maj. Gen. David H. Berger, who has been nominated by President Barack Obama for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as commander, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton.
This isn’t the first time the men have handed off command to one another.
On Feb. 25, 2012, then-Brig. Gen. Craparotta, 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).
“I look forward to joining the command and following in Maj. Gen Berger’s footsteps, providing the best possible facilities, resources and services to our Marines, Sailors, families and civilians aboard the Combat Center while also providing a world class training venue for units from across the Marine Corps,” Craparotta told The Desert Sun via e-mail on Wednesday.