U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund assumed command of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command (MARFORCOM) during a change of command ceremony July 3 at Naval Support Activity, Hampton Roads, Virginia. Lt. Gen. Mark A. Brilakis, the outgoing MARFORCOM commanding general, transferred the command’s colors to Hedelund.

Brilakis assumed command of MARFORCOM August 14, 2017. MARFORCOM is one of three major Marine Corps commands, along with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Reserve, which generates operating forces to support Unified or Joint Task Force Commanders. The Commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command also serves as the principal adviser on Marine Corps matters to the Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

“I am exceptionally proud of the men and women in this command,” Brilakis said. “You are all doing important work for the Navy-Marine Corps team and our nation, and I am proud of having been part of something this special.”

"Kate and I are also going to miss the wonderful people of the Hampton Roads-Tidewater community,” Brialkis said. “Your support to our military helped to make us feel like family."

Hedelund most recently served as the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and relinquished command June 13.

The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert B. Neller attended the ceremony and delivered remarks, highlighting Brilakis’s work as a Marine and as the commander of MARFORCOM.

“He’s passionate about what he does as a Marine, just as he is passionate about his family,” Neller said. “I’ve been honored to serve with him and work with him.”