U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. David H. Berger, left, outgoing commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC) and Lt. Gen. Lewis A. Craparotta, incoming commander of MARFORPAC, speak after the MARFORPAC change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Aug. 8, 2018. US Marine Corps photo.
Lt. Gen. Lewis Craparotta relieved Lt. Gen. David Berger as commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific at a ceremony at Camp Smith, Hawaii, earlier this week, in what has become a common thread linking the careers of both generals.
U.S. Marines with the 5th Battalion, 11th Marines, and U.S. Air Force airmen with the 17th Special Operations Squadron, load a high mobility artillery rocket system onto a C-130 Hercules on the flightline at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 23, 2017. A HIMAR is a self-propelled artillery piece mounted on a 5-ton chassis with a rocket pod on the back that shoots rockets and missiles. The Marines will eventually deploy HIMARS on a ship to serve as an anti-ship weapon system. US Air Force photo.
U.S. Pacific Command has plans to put into practice a joint-service concept to integrate air, land and sea operations, with a mandate for all the services to incorporate the concept into their exercises in a lead-up to the Army sinking a ship at next year’s Rim of the Pacific exercise, the PACOM commander said last week. Read More
Lt. Gen. David H. Berger (right), the outgoing commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, passes the unit colors to Lt. Gen. Lewis A. Craparotta (left) during a change of command ceremony at Camp Pendleton on July 27, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The Marine Corps’ largest warfighting command changed hands on Wednesday as Lt. Gen. Lewis Craparotta took the helm of the 50,000-member I Marine Expeditionary Force from Lt. Gen. David H. Berger. Read More
Marines discuss search efforts outside the Haleiwa Incident Command Post in Haleiwa, Hawaii, Jan. 18, 2016. US Coast Guard Photo
The Coast Guard is suspending the search for 12 Marines, now believed to be dead, after five days of looking for survivors following the Thursday crash of two CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopters of the coast of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Read More
A Marine with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463 taxis a CH-53E Super Stallion onto the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Bay on Feb. 21, 2012. US Marine Corps photo.
The Coast Guard is conducting a search and rescue operation for two Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters believed to have collided off the coast of Oahu, the Marine Corps confirmed to USNI News. Read More