PENTAGON, Washington, D.C. — President Donald J. Trump has nominated Lt. Gen. David H. Berger to serve as the 38th commandant of the Marine Corps, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan announced. This appointment is pending Senate confirmation.

Berger is currently serving as commanding general of Marine Corps Combat Development Command and deputy commandant for Combat Development and Integration, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps.

If confirmed, Berger will relieve Gen. Robert B. Neller, who will retire following his relief and appointment ceremony after 44 years of service.

Since his commissioning in 1981, Berger has served in multiple prestigious assignments including director of operations for the Department of Plans, Policies, and Operations, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps; commanding general, 1st Marine Division (Forward) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force; and commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific.

His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.