David H. Berger

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David H. Berger
Lt. Gen. David H. Berger.jpg
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1981–present
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held
Battles/wars Operation DESERT STORM


Awards Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with "V" device
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (2)

David H. Berger is a United States Marine Corps lieutenant general currently serving as commanding general of United States Marine Corps Forces, Pacific.[1]

Military service

Since his commissioning in 1981, he has served in a variety of command and staff billets, including his participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.[2]

He was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1981 following graduation from Tulane University. As a lieutenant and captain, he served as platoon commander in India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, and later as the company commander and battalion operations officer in 2d Reconnaissance Battalion during Operation Desert Storm. He also served as officer selection officer in Roanoke, Virginia.

As a field grade officer, Berger was an instructor at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) in Yuma, Arizona; instructor at III MEF Special Operations Training Group; and served on the Joint Staff as a policy planner in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, J-5.

Berger commanded 3d Battalion, 8th Marines from 2002 to 2004, deploying the battalion first to Okinawa, and later to Haiti in support of Operation Secure Tomorrow. As a colonel, Berger commanded Regimental Combat Team 8 in Fallujah, Iraq, during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.

While serving as assistant division commander of 2d Marine Division, he was appointed to the rank of brigadier general. He then deployed to Kosovo, where he served for one year as chief of staff for KFOR Headquarters in Pristina. From 2009 to 2011 he served at Headquarters Marine Corps as the director of operations in plans, policies, and operations. In 2012 he deployed to Afghanistan as the commanding general of 1st Marine Division (forward) in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.

Berger served as commanding general of MAGTFTC, and Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center from 2013 to 2014.

In addition to a Bachelor of Science in engineering, he holds a Master of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a Master of Science degree in military studies.

His formal military education includes the U.S. Army Infantry Officer Advanced Course, U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and U.S. Marine Corps School of Advanced Warfighting. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School, Jumpmaster School, U.S. Navy Dive School, and U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Reconnaissance School.

Awards and decorations

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Marine Corps document "Lieutenant General David H. Berger Biography".

  1. ^ Press, Audrey McAvoy, The Associated (2017-08-07). "New Pacific Marine leader vows to keep up work with allies". Marine Corps Times. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  2. ^ "Lieutenant General David H. Berger > I Marine Expeditionary Force > Leaders". www.imef.marines.mil. Retrieved 2017-12-02.

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