By Mario Icari, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Public Affairs
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (NNS) -- Officer in Charge of Construction Marine Corps Installations West (OICC MCIWEST) disestablished July 10 after six years of operations at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
Capt. Marko Medved, OICC MCIWEST commanding officer, hosted the disestablishment ceremony. During the disestablishment, the command flag was covered and handed from Medved to Martin Smith, OICC MCIWEST deputy. Brig. Gen. John W. Bullard Jr. MCIWEST and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton commanding general was a guest speaker during the disestablishment ceremony.
"These improvements have really completed a dramatic landscape change for not only Camp Pendleton but the other bases in the region," said Bullard. "Nowhere have we seen this kind of dramatic increase and leap ahead, as it gets us to where we need to be since World War II and since this space was first started."
OICC MCI West's AOR included California based Marine Corps facilities at Camp Pendleton, Twentynine Palms, Miramar, Bridgeport, Barstow, and Yuma, Ariz. During six years of operations, OICC MCIWEST executed a historic $7.2 billion Marine Corps construction program that initiated and established 43 new Best of Breed barracks, built facilities with operations and training requirements to meet the Grow the Force initiative, enabled the first operational F-35 Variant B Strike Fighters, enabled capabilities for MV-22 airframes, built a state-of-the-art naval hospital ahead of time and on budget, and revitalized utilities and communications infrastructure across the MCIWEST AOR.
NAVFAC established OICC MCIWEST Aug. 15, 2008. OICC MCIWEST reported to NAVFAC Southwest and was one of two commands established to support President George W. Bush's January 2007 initiative to grow the force of the Marines in the global war on terror.
The disestablishment of OICC MCIWEST was held in conjunction with a ceremony honoring Medved's retirement from 25 years of naval service.