News: New commander of 1st MEB looks toward future
Story by Cpl. Mark Garcia
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Brig. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III relieved Maj. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow as the commanding general of 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade during a change of command ceremony at Camp Pendleton, July 17.
During the ceremony, Maj. Gen. Broadmeadow passed on 1st MEB’s guidon to Mundy, signifying his relinquishing of command and Brig. Gen. Mundy’s new responsibilities.
Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general I Marine Expeditionary Force, spoke of the importance of 1st MEB and expressed his thanks to Maj. Gen. Broadmeadow.
“The Marine Expeditionary Brigade is taking on an increasingly more important role in today’s environment and today’s climate,” Lt. Gen. Toolan said. “The Marine Corps is making a move to put the Marine Expeditionary Brigade more as a show case of what the Marine Corps crisis response capabilities can do. I know we got the right guy coming in to take the job, but I want to thank the guy who really made that bridge happen the guy whose truly transformed a lot of what the MEB was doing Maj. Gen. Broadmeadow.”
Maj. Gen. Broadmeadow assumed responsibility of 1st MEB, Dec. 12, 2012, and spoke on the crisis response role of 1st MEB in the Marine Corps.
“This is a MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) and it is the epitome of how the Marine Corps has refined its war fighting skills,” Maj. Gen. Broadmeadow said. “The Marines and sailors must remember that they are this countries premiere crisis response force. They will be skilled in getting out the door quickly whenever, to go wherever our country requires and to do whatever is needed in the service of our country, that epitomizes what this organization more than any other organization in the Marine Corps is all about.”
During his speech Maj. Gen. Broadmeadow expressed his confidence in Brig. Gen. Mundy’s abilities as a commander.
“I can’t think of a better guy to be coming out of Central Command, he’s a warfighter who understands what it’s like to be in combat in the service of his country and I’m very proud to be turning it over to Carl,” Maj. Gen. Broadmeadow said. “I think you’re going to do some really great things here and I know you’re going to bring it to the next level and get these Marine ready to go whenever our nation needs them.”
Brig. Gen. Mundy said he is ready for the challenges of the future.
“Wherever the future finds us it will be my honor to serve alongside you and my privilege to command you,” Brig. Gen. Mundy said.