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Dunford Becomes 36th Commandant Of The Marine Corps

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gen. James F. Amos, the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, relinquished command of the Marine Corps to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Oct. 17 at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.

The ceremony started with musical performances from “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps and “The President’s Own,” United States Marine Band. The ceremonial companies of the Barracks marched onto the parade deck and fixed their bayonets.

Amos and Dunford were then called to their positions on the parade deck. The battle colors were passed from Amos to Dunford signifying the passing of command and responsibility.

“My focus in the coming years will be to take care of our Marines and their families, and to ensure our Corps remains an expeditionary force of readiness our nation has come to expect,” said Dunford.

Dunford received his commission as an infantry officer in 1977, a career leading to billets such as company and regimental commander, senior aide to the commandant and assistant commandant of the Marine Corps.

“I got to know Joe Dunford quite well the last 20 months,” Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said. “I have come to rely on his wise judgment—The President of the United States trusts his judgment.”

Amos is retiring after 44 years of service across two branches. Starting as a naval aviator, he crossed the flight deck to fly for the Marines. He served as the II Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps and served as the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps for four years.

“(Amos’) lasting legacy will be the Marine Corps new traditions firmly rooted, leaving behind a Corps that is stronger than ever before,” said Hagel.

Some of the attendants of the event included the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, previous commandants and military leaders from all U.S. military branches and allied nations.

“This morning I’m not as proud to be the commandant as I am simply to wear the cloth of a Untied States Marine,” Dunford said. “I can say all of this, in large part, is due to the leadership of our 35th commandant.”

 Gen. James F. Amos, the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, passes the colors to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., during the change of command and subsequent retirement ceremony Oct. 17, 2014 at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. After more than 44 years of military service, Amos passed the duties as senior-ranking officer of the Marine Corps to Dunford, who has now become the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Gen. James F. Amos, the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps, passes the colors to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., during the change of command and subsequent retirement ceremony Oct. 17, 2014 at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. After more than 44 years of military service, Amos passed the duties as senior-ranking officer of the Marine Corps to Dunford, who has now become the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

By Cpl. Dylan Bowyer, Defense Media Activity

Marine Barracks Welcomes Future Marine Corps Mascot

Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., received the future Marine Corps mascot, Chesty, Feb. 14.

Chesty, a 9-week-old pedigree English bulldog is soon to become the next Marine Corps mascot after the completion of an obedience training school with a ceremony scheduled for March 29.

Chesty had the honor of meeting Bonnie Amos, wife of Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, shortly after his arrival at the Barracks.

Bonnie Amos, wife of Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, holds Chesty, the future Marine Corps mascot, during the puppy's visit to the Home of the Commandants, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., Feb. 14. Chesty, a 9-week-old pedigree English bulldog is soon to become the future Marine Corps mascot after the completion of obedience and recruit training with a ceremony scheduled for March 29. After completing training, the young puppy will earn the title Marine joining the ranks of his well-known predecessors. (Photo by Sgt. Dengrier M. Baez)

After obedience school and “recruit training,” the young puppy will earn the title Marine, joining the ranks of his well-known predecessors. Chesty’s responsibilities will include marching in the Friday Evening Parades and supporting various events around the National Capitol Region.

The puppy is in the current care of Staff Sgt. Jason Mosser, a member of the U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, and his wife Christine, who serves as an assistant family readiness officer for the Barracks.

The future mascot comes from five generations of championship bulldogs bred by mother-daughter team, Sara Gomez and Abigail Callahan from Stephens City, Va.

Sgt. Dengrier M. Baez
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For Honor, For Country: 2012 Marine Corps Birthday Message

The Commandant and SgtMaj of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos and Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, present the 2012 Marine Corps Birthday Message. Footage includes historical b-roll and images from Guadalcanal as well as interviews with WWII veterans, subject matter experts, active duty Marines and Marine spouses

Click here to read the Commandant’s 237th Birthday message

Marine Corps Commandant Checks In On Cherry Point

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C.

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos visited Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point April 18 with Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett.

During the visit, the commandant discussed the state of the Corps, his vision for the future and provided guidance to more than 1,500 officers and senior enlisted at the station theater.

Maj. Gen. Jon M. Davis, commanding general of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, greeted Amos and Barrett outside the tower on the Cherry Point flight line.

Lt. Gen. John Paxton, commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, and Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Gorry, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations East, were also on hand for the visit.

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