NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Fleet Marine Force Atlantic (FMFLANT), Marine Forces Command (MARFORCOM), and Marine Forces Northern Command (MARFOR NORTHCOM) welcomed a new commander on Monday.
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Michael E. Langley took command of the Marine Forces during a change of command ceremony at 1 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads.
“Marines, stand ready for new challenges,” Langley said during the ceremony. “Even during COVID, Marines stood ready because we are a force of readiness and will continue to do so. Thank you for putting your trust in me, I will not let you down.”
Langley is from Shreveport, Louisiana and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has been in the Marine Corps since 1985 and most recently served as commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa.
Lt. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund is the current commander of the Marine Forces in this region. He is a native of Pampano Beach, Florida and graduated from Florida Atlantic University. He will retire after 35 years of service.
“As my career of nearly 39 years comes to a close and I step over the side, each of you should know that it has been a humbling experience and a true honor to serve alongside you all,” said Hedelund in his farewell comments. “Service to our nation, no matter how long, is a cherished treasure which we will always share.”