Marine Corps Commandant Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Marine Corps Commandant Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David Berger, has tested positive for the coronavirus, his spokesperson said in a statement on Monday afternoon.

“The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David Berger, has tested positive for COVID-19. the performance of his duties will remain unaffected,” Marine Maj. Eric Flanagan said in the statement.

Berger’s status was announced shortly after a spokesman for Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced that Milley had tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday.

Berger and Milley are the second top Pentagon leaders to come down with coronavirus over the past several weeks.

The nation’s top defense leader, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, tested positive earlier this month, forcing him to quarantine.

Milley is currently isolating at a remote location and is experiencing “very minor” symptoms, his spokesman said. It was not stated whether Berger was isolating or quarantining.

All were vaccinated and at least two — Milley and Austin — had received the booster shot.

Kristina Wong