Berger Nominated to Be Next Marine Corps Commandant
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Senior Editor
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has nominated Lt. Gen. David H. Berger as the next commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and appointment to the rank of general. If confirmed by the Senate as the 38th commandant, Berger would succeed Gen. Robert B. Neller later this year.
Berger was congratulated March 27 as he appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on seapower to testify on the fiscal 2020 budget, shortly before his nomination was announced by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan.
Berger, the deputy commandant for combat development and integration and commanding general of Marine Corps Combat Development Command at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, is an infantry officer. He served in combat in Operations Desert Storm, Iraqi freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Berger, a native of Woodbine, Maryland, previously commanded U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Air-Ground Task Force Training Command and Marine Air-Ground Combat Center and the 1st Marine Division as well as infantry units at the platoon, company, battalion and regimental combat team level.