Maj. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III will become the sixth commander of the Marine Raiders of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC) during a change of command ceremony planned for July 26, according to a MARSOC press release.
Mundy recently finished a tour commanding 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) and Task Force 51, responsible for amphibious operations in the Middle East theater. Other previous command tours included deputy commander, Marine Corps Forces Central Command; deputy commander, I Marine Expeditionary Force; and commander, I Marine Expeditionary Brigade.
The ceremony will be presided over by Gen. John M. Paxton, Jr., the 33rd assistant commandant of the Marine Corps. It will transfer authority and responsibility for MARSOC from Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman to Maj. Gen. Mundy. Osterman leaves the command after two years at its helm. “Osterman’s accomplishments included the regionalization of the three Marine Raider Battalions and their support battalions, significant expansion of MARSOC‘s intelligence organization and capabilities, the first deployment of a Raider-led Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, expansion of the command’s information operations capabilities and development of the Special Operations Forces Liaison Element concept, which integrates planning and coordination between special operations and Marine Expeditionary Units,” according to the release.
Osterman has been nominated for promotion to lieutenant general and will serve as deputy commander at U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).
MARSOC is the Marine Corps service component and newest component of USSOCOM. Activated Feb. 24, 2006, it is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Like the other USSOCOM component commands, its mission is to train, organize, equip and deploy task-organized special operations forces worldwide.