CAMP PENDLETON --
A special re-designation ceremony will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. here to formally recognize the official merge of Marine Corps Installations West (MCIWEST) and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton under a single command.
During the ceremony, Camp Pendleton’s current base commander, Col. Nicholas F. Marano, will relinquish his post to Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese. Marano will also be recognized in a retirement ceremony immediately following the re-designation of the commands.
As the commanding general of MCIWEST - MCB Camp Pendleton, Coglianese is the sole authority for all matters related to MCB Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Camp Pendleton, MCAS Miramar, Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow and MCAS Yuma. MCIWEST also has a supporting role for three additional installations in the western region. Regionalization provides a consistent level of service throughout the region for our Marines, Sailors and their families.
This change in command structure is in response to a decision by Headquarters Marine Corps to realign installation commands to optimize support to Marine Corps operating forces and tenant commands. These organizational changes are consistent with efficiencies initiatives that are ongoing throughout the Marine Corps to implement more effective ways for mission accomplishment.
MCIWEST was initially established in 2005 to increase regional installation management effectiveness. Its mission is to implement policies, develop regional strategies and plans, prioritize resources, and provide services, direction, and oversight to seven installations located in California and Arizona. It is one of three regional commands which fall under Marine Corps Installations Command at Headquarters Marine Corps.
Media are invited to attend the event.
******MEDIA COORDINATION INSTRUCTIONS******
Media interested in covering this event must call the Camp Pendleton Media Relations Office at (760) 725-5044 and must RSVP no later than noon WEDNESDAY, April 4. Members of the media who have RSVP'd will meet at Camp Pendleton's SAN LUIS REY GATE at 1:15 P.M. on THURSDAY to be escorted to the event.