Media Advisory #14-010 Change of Command Ceremony for Marine Corps Installations West-Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton will host a Change of Command Ceremony at the 11 Area Parade Field at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 1. Brig. Gen. John W. Bullard will relinquish command of Marine Corps Installations West (MCI-W) and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton to Brig. Gen. Edward D. Banta.

Bullard served as commanding general here since August 2013, acting as both commanding general for Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton as well as commanding general for MCI-W, in which he had regional authority over five Marine Corps installations in California and Arizona.

During his tenure, he provided critical service support to more than 50,000 Marines, sailors, civilian employees and family members.  Through his emphasis on emergency management and his personal relationship with local, state and federal officials he also facilitated rapid extinguishment and recovery from numerous wild land fires without adverse impact to operational readiness.

Banta previously served as the 2nd Marine Logistics Group commanding general. During Banta’s time with 2nd MLG, s under his command conducted logistical support to operations in the Middle East, aboard ships and in multi-national cooperation exercises.







Interested media must RSVP no later than noon Thursday, July 31 by calling the Camp Pendleton Media Relations Office at (760) 725-5044 or email An escort will meet all confirmed media members at the San Luis Rey Gate at 9:15 a.m. on Friday. Supporting imagery of the change of command will be uploaded to For the latest Camp Pendleton updates follow us on Twitter @Pendletonscout.

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