Marine general commanding forces in Europe, Africa takes post

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Story and photos by U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Europe & Africa Public Affairs Office

The U.S. Marines serving in both Europe and Africa was united by one commander, Maj. Gen. Niel E. Nelson, in a ceremony Aug 19.

Nelson takes charge of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa from Lt. Gen. Robert B. Neller, who was commanding Marines in Europe from his headquarters for Marine Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., and Maj. Gen. William D. Beydler, who was commanding Marines in Africa from his headquarters at II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejuene in North Carolina.

Not only does Nelson unite the Marines operating across two continents under one commander, he is the first commander to be based in Germany alongside the two geographical combatant commanders, Gen. Philip M. Breedlove and Gen. David M. Rodriguez, as his sole command responsibility.

“My vision for us is that we will remain the crisis response force of choice for our combatant commander, allies, and international partners,” said Maj.Gen. Niel E. Nelson, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa.

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa is the Corps’ service component headquarters supporting both geographical combatant commanders for U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command.

Major General Niel E. Nelson has assumed command on Aug. 19 2015 as the commander of Marines in both Europe and Africa to be based in Germany alongside the two geographical combatant commanders, Gen. Philip M. Breedlove and Gen. David M. Rodriguez, thereby uniting the Marines operating across two continents.

Major General Niel E. Nelson has assumed command on Aug. 19, 2015 as the commander of Marines in both Europe and Africa to be based in Germany alongside the two geographical combatant commanders, Gen. Philip M. Breedlove and Gen. David M. Rodriguez, thereby uniting the Marines operating across two continents.