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Encyclopedia > II Marine Expeditionary Force
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The 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF), one of three MEF's in the Marine Corps, is a combined arms force consisting of ground, air, and logistics forces possessing the capability of projecting offensive combat power ashore while sustaining itself in combat without external assistance for a period of 60 days. United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military. ... Combined arms is an approach to warfare which seeks to integrate different arms of a military to achieve mutually complementary effects. ...

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Composition

There are in excess of 47,000 Marines and Sailors in II MEF. It is comprised of four basic components:

  • II MEF Headquartes Group - Command element (CE)
  • 2nd Marine Division - Ground combat element (GCE)
  • 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing - Aviation combat element (ACE)
  • 2nd Marine Logistics Group - Combat service support element (CSSE)

The 2nd Marine Division is also located at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. It consists of a headquarters battalion, three infantry regiments, an artillery regiment, an amphibious assault vehicle battalion, a tank battalion, a light armored reconnaissance battalion, and a combat engineer battalion. The total unit strength of the 2nd Marine Division is about 16,000. The U.S. 2nd Marine Division is a division of the United States Marine Corps, which forms the ground-force component of the II Marine Expeditionary Force. ... Official force name Second Marine Aircraft Wing Other names 2 MAW The Wing Branch United States Marine Corps Chain of Command II MEF Description Combat ready expeditionary aviation forces. ... The U.S. 2nd Marine Division is a division of the United States Marine Corps, which forms the ground-force component of the II Marine Expeditionary Force. ... Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is near Jacksonville, North Carolina, on the Atlantic seaboard of the United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 28th 139,509 km² 805 km 240 km 9. ...


The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW) is headquartered at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, with subordinate units located at MCAS New River, North Carolina and MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina The 2nd MAW includes a Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron, an air control group, a support group, one combined fighter-attack and all weather fighter-attack group, one light attack group, and two helicopter groups. There are also aerial refueling and air defense capabilities. In total, 2d MAW has nearly 400 aircraft. Official force name Second Marine Aircraft Wing Other names 2 MAW The Wing Branch United States Marine Corps Chain of Command II MEF Description Combat ready expeditionary aviation forces. ... Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point is a United States airfield near New Bern, North Carolina, in the eastern part of the state. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 28th 139,509 km² 805 km 240 km 9. ... Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort is a United States military installation near Beaufort, South Carolina. ... Official language(s) English Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 40th 82,965 km² 320 km 420 km 6 32°430N to 35°12N 78°030W to 83°20W Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 26th 4,012...


The 2nd Marine Logistics Group (2nd MLG) is also located at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In addition to its headquarters battalion, it is composed of the following battalions,: landing support, maintenance, motor transport, supply, engineer support, medical and dental.


Higher Headquarters

United States Marine Corps Forces, South (MARFORSOUTH), headquartered in Miami, Florida, is the US Marine Corps component of the US Southern Command. Forces are provided by II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In addition, the Marine provides an immediate reaction riverine capable forces ready to conduct training for allied forces; and support to other Marine forces in USSOUTHCOM’s area of operational responsibility. The Magic City, The American Riviera, The Sixth Borough Location of Miami in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ... The United States Southern Command (also called SOUTHCOM) is responsible for all United States military activities in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean basin. ...


While II MEF is included within the operational force structure of U.S. Atlantic Command (USACOM) and engages in operations and exercises throughout the USACOM area, it routinely commits operating forces in support of other U.S. unified and NATO commands. II MEF is, in fact, available for and prepared to respond to contingency requirements worldwide. The NATO flag NATO 2002 Summit in Prague The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, the Atlantic Alliance or the Western Alliance, is an international organisation for defence collaboration established in 1949, in support of the North Atlantic Treaty signed in Washington, D.C., on...


Employment

In addition to the option of being employed in its entirety as a MEF-sized unit, II MEF has the capability of forming tasked organized MAGTFs of lesser size such as a MEF (Forward), a brigade-sized MAGTF about one-third the size of a MEF, or a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), about one-third the size of a MEF (Forward). The size and composition of any MAGTF will be dependent upon the mission assigned. One mission that could be assigned to the MEF (Forward) would be assignment for planning, deployment, and utilization of equipment stored aboard Maritime Prepositioning Ships (MPS). The MPS program involves the forward deployment of the MPS Squadron of four or five ships loaded with a brigade's worth of combat equipment and supplies and the airlifting of the MEF (Forward) to the designated objective area to link up with the MPS Squadron. At the same time, tactical aircraft of the MEF (Forward) are flight ferried to an airfield in or near the area of operation. The MEF (Forward) can be sustained for 30 days by the supplies aboard the ships.


The only routinely deployed MAGTFs, the 22d, 24th and 26th MEUs deploy on a rotating basis to the Mediterranean Sea area to serve as the landing force for the Commander, 6th Fleet. The MEU consists of approximately 2,200 Marines and Sailors, is capable of rapid response in a variety of possible contingencies, and if the situation requires, can serve as the forward element of a larger MAGTF.


Subordinate Commands

The U.S. 2nd Marine Division is a division of the United States Marine Corps, which forms the ground-force component of the II Marine Expeditionary Force. ... Official force name Second Marine Aircraft Wing Other names 2 MAW The Wing Branch United States Marine Corps Chain of Command II MEF Description Combat ready expeditionary aviation forces. ...

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External links

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II Marine Expeditionary Force / U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South (MARFORSOUTH) (558 words)
The II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF), one of three MEF's in the Marine Corps, is a combined arms force consisting of ground, air, and logistics forces possessing the capability of projecting offensive combat power ashore while sustaining itself in combat without external assistance for a period of 60 days.
While II MEF is included within the operational force structure of U.S. Atlantic Command (USACOM) and engages in operations and exercises throughout the USACOM area, it routinely commits operating forces in support of other U.S. unified and NATO commands.
II MEF is, in fact, available for and prepared to respond to contingency requirements worldwide.
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