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Brig. Gen. Helen G. Pratt (right), incoming commander of 4th Marine Logistics Group, receives the colors from Brig. Gen. Patrick J. Hermesmann (left), former commander of 4th MLG, during the change of command ceremony at the Federal City Auditorium, New Orleans, Aug. 13, 2016. While addressing the attendees of the ceremony, Hermessman expressed his total confidence in Pratt as the new commander. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Melissa Martens/ Released)

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Marine Forces Reserve holds change of command ceremonies for two major subordinate commands

15 Aug 2016 | Lance Cpl. Melissa Martens Marine Corps Forces Reserves

Force Headquarters Group and 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, welcomed new commanders during change of command ceremonies held at the Federal City Auditorium, New Orleans, Aug. 13, 2016.

Brig. Gen. Helen G. Pratt relinquished command of FHG to Brig. Gen. Michael F. Fahey and assumed command of 4th MLG from Brig. Gen. Patrick J. Hermesmann.

While addressing the crowd, Pratt expressed gratitude for all of the support she has received throughout her time at FHG and her confidence in the work that Fahey will accomplish.

“It’s been an honor to serve as the commander for Force Headquarters Group,” said Pratt. “We couldn’t have a better candidate to turn the command over to.”

Fahey, who previously served as the commanding officer of Intelligence support Battalion from September 2013 to June 2015, and more recently as the Deputy of Operations in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel, stated to those in attendance that he will strive to bring great things to FHG.

“I am very much looking forward to this opportunity and I appreciate the support of everyone here today,” said Fahey.

As the ceremony drew to a close, Hermesmann took the stage and expressed much thanks to his family and fellow Marines for the continuous support that they have shown him throughout his time at 4th MLG. He assured the Marines that Pratt will continue to accomplish the mission as the new commander.

“I could not be more pleased to pass this organization to her”, said Hermesmann. “I will miss all of you and I look forward to watching Pratt take 4th MLG to the next level.”

Hermesmann will continue his Marine Corps career as the Deputy Director of Marine Forces Command located in Norfolk, Virginia.

Lt. Gen. Rex C. McMillian, commander of MARFORRES and Marine Forces North, also addressed new and previous commanders.

“Thank you for prepping the Marines to be ready to go all over the globe and ready to fight tonight,” said McMillian. “I appreciate all of your service and sacrifice.”

With strong leadership, both new and old, ensuring that the Marines are prepared, McMillian expressed his confidence in the ability of his commanders to take on the needs of the total force.

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