II MEF Gets New Commander

The largest air-ground task force in the Marine Corps, and one of only three in existence, which is based here in Eastern Carolina, got a new commander Tuesday.

Lt. Gen. John Paxton assumed command of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune today.

Paxton now oversees assumed over 60,000 Marines and Saliors, many still fighting in Afghanistan. "i'm with you in spirit, I'm behind you back here. We will make sure everyday that you are organized, trained and equipped to do that."

Lieutenant General Paxton takes over after Lt. General Dennis Hejlik relinquished his command back in August of last year.

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A career infantryman who's served at every level of the Marine Corps is taking over as commander of a North Carolina-based Marine division.

Lt. Gen. John M. Paxton will assume command of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force on Tuesday. The ceremony will be held at Camp Lejeune.

Paxton was most recently the director of operations for the Joint Staff. As commander of the expeditionary force, he'll oversee nearly 60,000 Marines and sailors from ground and air units on the east coast, including three bases in North Carolina.

The 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force is the largest air-ground task force in the Marine Corps, and one of only three in existence.


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