Change of Command at Camp Pendleton

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Marine Corps Base Camp PendletonCAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A change-of-command ceremony is scheduled at Camp Pendleton Friday.

Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese will hand over command of the North County Marine Corps installation and command of Marine Corps Installations West to Brig. Gen. John W. Bullard Jr. on the 11 Area Parade Field at 1:30 p.m., according to Camp Pendleton’s public affairs office.

Coglianese has been in command for the past two years, overseeing more than $1 billion in military construction projects and more than $456 million for building upgrades and maintenance work. Under his command, the jobs of Commanding General of Camp Pendleton and Commanding General for Marine Corps Installations West were merged into one.

For the past month, Coglianese has juggled commanding Pendleton and Marine Corps Installations West with his new assignment, which is to lead the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force’s 1st Marine Logistics Group. He will remain on base with his new assignment.

Bullard previously served as Deputy Commander of Regional Command North in Afghanistan and Deputy Commanding General of Marine Corps Combat Development Command. According to his official biography, Bullard, an aviator, is a 1982 graduate of Virginia Tech with a bachelor of science degree in financial management.

He served in Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, air strikes against Libya in 1986 in response to the bombing of a disco in Berlin, and hurricane relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

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