By AUDREY McAVOY
KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) - The U.S. Marines are getting a new commander in the Pacific.
Lt. Gen. David Berger is scheduled to take over at Marine Corps Forces Pacific on Friday. He succeeds Lt. Gen. John Toolan, who is retiring.
Pacific Forum CSIS Executive Director Brad Glosserman says Berger will have to ensure his new command's warfighting capabilities remain sharp amid tensions on the Korean peninsula, the East China Sea and the South China Sea.
Glosserman says the Marines are also playing an important role in helping U.S. allies and partners in the region develop their own amphibious capabilities.
Berger most recently served as the commander of a marine expeditionary force at Camp Pendleton.
Marine Forces Pacific includes units in California, Hawaii, Japan and South Korea. Some are in Australia on a six-month rotation.