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Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, commandant of the Marine Corps, greets I Marine Expeditionary Force key personnel aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 10. The commandant also spoke with commanders, noncommissioned officers and junior Marines during his visit.

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Commandant visits I MEF

12 Feb 2015 | Courtesy Story I Marine Expeditionary Force

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps, visited I Marine Expeditionary Force aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 10.

Dunford held a discussion with I MEF staff as part of his visit aboard the base.

“What we tell the nation is that we are a force of readiness,” said Dunford. “Whatever the nation needs from a crisis-response perspective, we’re going to be able to respond, and that’s what our Marines need to be prepared to do.”

The CMC also had lunch with noncommissioned officers at Leatherneck Lanes and meritoriously promoted Gunnery Sgt. Rynne Brandt, a kennel master with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, to first sergeant.

“I want to thank the commandant of the Marine Corps for being here today for my promotion to first sergeant,” said Brandt. “I never thought I would make it this far, I never dreamt of this happening to me. It’s a dream come true.”

The commandant completed his day at Camp Pendleton with additional discussions with key personnel at 1st Marine Division Headquarters.

“The most important thing I want to communicate is how much I appreciate what [Marines] are doing,” said Dunford. “I’m especially proud of the Marines and Sailors with I MEF who are currently forward deployed.”