WASHINGTON — Maj. Gen. David Berger will become commander of the I Marine Expeditionary Force, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. The I MEF is based at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Berger, who with the move will be promoted to lieutenant general, is currently the commander of both the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, located at Twentynine Palms, Calif.
Berger was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1981. He served as a company commander and battalion operations officer in the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion during Operation Desert Storm. He later commanded Regimental Combat Team 8 in Fallujah during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the 1st Marine Division (Forward) in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Among other assignments, Berger also served as an instructor at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One; an instructor at III MEF Special Operations Training Group; and a policy planner on the Joint Staff.
He holds a B.S. in Engineering from Tulane University, and a Master of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Berger’s promotion and appointment as commander of I MEF must be confirmed by the Senate.