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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

New commander for Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton

By Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer | Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch | July 29, 2013

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Rear Adm. C. Forrest Faison III Salutes the Sideboys while leaving the reviewing stand at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton change of command ceremony here July 26. Faison is the commander of Navy Medicine West and Naval Medical Center San Diego and was the officiating officer and guest speaker for the ceremony.

Rear Adm. C. Forrest Faison III Salutes the Sideboys while leaving the reviewing stand at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton change of command ceremony here July 26. Faison is the commander of Navy Medicine West and Naval Medical Center San Diego and was the officiating officer and guest speaker for the ceremony. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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Capt. Mark Kobelja speaks after taking command of Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton during the change of command ceremony held at the new Hospital here July 26. Kobelja is the commanding officer of Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and took command from Capt. Kenneth Jay Iverson.

Capt. Mark Kobelja speaks after taking command of Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton during the change of command ceremony held at the new Hospital here July 26. Kobelja is the commanding officer of Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and took command from Capt. Kenneth Jay Iverson. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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Capt. Mark Kobelja speaks after taking command of Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton during the change of command ceremony held at the new Hospital here July 26. Kobelja is the commanding officer of Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and took command from Capt. Kenneth Jay Iverson.

Capt. Mark Kobelja speaks after taking command of Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton during the change of command ceremony held at the new Hospital here July 26. Kobelja is the commanding officer of Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and took command from Capt. Kenneth Jay Iverson. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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Capt. Kenneth Jay Iverson expresses thanks and gives remarks during the Naval Hospital Change of Command held at the grounds of the new Naval Hospital here July 26. Iverson served as the commanding officer for Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and is relinquishing command to Capt. Mark Kobelja.

Capt. Kenneth Jay Iverson expresses thanks and gives remarks during the Naval Hospital Change of Command held at the grounds of the new Naval Hospital here July 26. Iverson served as the commanding officer for Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and is relinquishing command to Capt. Mark Kobelja. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --

A change of command was held at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, here, where former commanding officer Capt. Kenneth J. Iverson relinquished command to Capt. Mark Kobelja July 26.

Iverson took command in 2011 and led to overall improvement throughout the hospitals operational effectiveness. He also enhanced communication with the contractors for the new hospital, helping save millions of dollars on the project.

There is not enough time to thank everyone that is important to me or have helped me while here at Camp Pendleton Iverson said while referring to the sailors and civilians of Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. “I have a fondness for the folks on Camp Pendleton that I’ve never experienced in any other place, or in any other command.”

The ceremony began with a brief history, the ceremonial sounding of the bells for the distinguished personnel, the march of the colors and the playing of the national anthem, followed by an invocation by the chaplain.

During the traditional change of command ceremony both officers read their orders then ceremonially approached each other, saluted, and shook hands to exchange command.

“You have so much to be proud of. A legacy of excellence defined by unwavering patient centered care and expert operational support.” said Kobelja during his remarks to the crew of the hospital. “It is truly my privilege and honor to serve as your commanding officer.”

Once Kobelja finished speaking, the ceremony concluded with a benediction by the chaplain, the playing of Anchors Aweigh and the Marines’ Hymn and the departure of the official party.

 

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