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Encyclopedia > Marine Corps Special Operations Command
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command

Active February 24, 2006
Country United States
Allegiance USMC
Type Special Forces
Command
structure
United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
Garrison/HQ Camp Lejeune, NC
Commanders
Current
commander
Major General Dennis Hejlik

United States Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC) is a new subordinate command to the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) that is to contain the Marine Corps' planned contribution to SOCOM. Its core capabilities are direct action, special reconnaissance, foreign internal defense, counterterrorism, information operations, and unconventional warfare[1]. Its creation was announced on 1 November 2005 by US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, following a meeting between him, the USSOCOM Commander General Bryan Brown USA, and the Marine Corps Commandant General Michael Hagee on 28 October 2005. MARSOC was activated on February 24, 2006 with ceremonies at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Image File history File links MARSOC-Emblem2. ... February 24 is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is near Jacksonville, North Carolina, on the Atlantic seaboard of the United States. ... Insignia of a United States Air Force Major General German Generalmajor Insignia Major General is a military rank used in many countries. ... Dennis J. Hejlik is a Major General in the United States Marine Corps. ... Emblem of the United States Special Operations Command. ... This article is becoming very long. ... November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 60 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Donald Henry Rumsfeld (born July 9, 1932, Evanston, Illinois), the 21st United States Secretary of Defense. ... Michael W. Hagee General Michael W. Hagee, 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps, graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. ... 1628 - The Siege of La Rochelle, which had been ongoing for 14 months, ends with Huguenot surrender 1664 - The Duke of York and Albanys Maritime Regiment of Foot later to be known as the Royal Marines is established. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... February 24 is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is near Jacksonville, North Carolina, on the Atlantic seaboard of the United States. ...

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Organization

MARSOC will contain roughly 2,500 Marines and sailors, and is initially commanded by Major General Dennis Hejlik, formerly the deputy commander of I Marine Expeditionary Force. It will be based at Camp Lejeune and will be split into 5 subordinate commands: Insignia of a United States Air Force Major General German Generalmajor Insignia Major General is a military rank used in many countries. ... Dennis J. Hejlik is a Major General in the United States Marine Corps. ... Presumably a USA force ? // Lineage Activated November 8th, 1969 at Okinawa, Japan as the I Marine Expeditionary Force Redesignated August 18th, 1970 as the I Marine Amphibious Force Relocated in April 1971 to Camp Pendleton, California Redesignated February 5th, 1988 as the I Marine Expeditionary Force Recent Service Persian Gulf... Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is near Jacksonville, North Carolina, on the Atlantic seaboard of the United States. ...

  • The Foreign Military Training Unit(FMTU), based at Lejeune, will contain about 400 personnel and will train foreign military forces in a role parallel to that of Army Special Forces.
  • Two Marine Special Operations Battalions(MSOBs), one on each coast at Camp Lejeune and Camp Pendleton. Their mission is to conduct expeditionary SOF for conduct of special reconnaissance, direct action, and foreign internal defense. Each MSOB will consist of four or five Marine special operations Companies (MSOCs), each commanded by a Major. The MSOC's will be closely tied with the Marine Expeditionary Units on each coast, "separable but not separate" from the MEU's. The core strength of the MSOBs will be initially drafted from Reconnaissance Marines.
  • The Marine Special Operations Support Group(MCSOSG), at Lejeune, which will also contain 400 personnel, will contain the Command's administrative, intelligence, and support assets.
  • The Marine Special Operations School (MSOS) at Camp Lejeune will conduct screening, recruiting, training, assessment, and development functions for MARSOC.
Marine from Marine Special Operations Battalion, glides through the sunset sky towards his target during military freefall operations at Camp Lejeune. High Altitude parachuting is a means of insertion into enemy territory. (September 2006)
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Marine from Marine Special Operations Battalion, glides through the sunset sky towards his target during military freefall operations at Camp Lejeune. High Altitude parachuting is a means of insertion into enemy territory. (September 2006)

A US Special Forces operator in Afghanistan The United States Army Special Forces —also known by the nickname Green Berets or simply Special Forces (capitalized)— is a Special Operations Force of the U.S. Army trained for unconventional warfare and special operations. ... A Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is the smallest combined forces unit in the United States Marine Corps. ... Official Name USMC Force Reconnaissance Force Recon Marines Branch United States Marine Corps Command Structure MARFORPAC; MEF I, III; MEU(SOC) 11, 13, 15, 31 MARFORLANT, MEF II; MEU(SOC) 22, 24, 26 MARFORRES, Reserves Description MEU(SOC) Deep Recon Capability, Special Operations Capability Readiness Any shore in the world...

History

The potential participation of the Marine Corps in SOCOM has been controversial since SOCOM was formed in 1986. At the time, Marine Corps leaders felt that their Force Reconnaissance units were best kept in the Marine Corps' MAGTF command structure, and that the detachment of an "elite" Marine Special Operations unit from the Marine Corps would be to the detriment of the Marine Corps as a whole. A reevaluation following the September 11th attacks and the global war on terror, along with new policy established by Secretary Rumsfeld, caused the Marine Corps to work towards integration with SOCOM. The establishment of MARSOC represents the most significant step towards this goal, and follows the establishment of MCSOCOM Detachment One (DET1), a small Marine Corps detachment formed as a pilot program to test Marine Corps integration into SOCOM that served under Naval Special Warfare Squadron One. Det 1 was disbanded in 2006. Official Name USMC Force Reconnaissance Force Recon Marines Branch United States Marine Corps Command Structure MARFORPAC; MEF I, III; MEU(SOC) 11, 13, 15, 31 MARFORLANT, MEF II; MEU(SOC) 22, 24, 26 MARFORRES, Reserves Description MEU(SOC) Deep Recon Capability, Special Operations Capability Readiness Any shore in the world... The Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) is a term used by the United States Marine Corps to describe the principal organization for all missions across the range of military operations. ... The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ... The war on terrorism or war on terror (abbreviated in U.S. policy circles as GWOT for Global War on Terror) is an effort by the governments of the United States and its principal allies to destroy groups deemed to be terrorist (primarily radical Islamist organizations such as al-Qaeda... MCSOCOM Detachment One Marine Corps Detachment One, United States Special Operations Command, or MCSOCOM Detachment One (DET1), is the USMCs contribution to USSOCOM. It is an eighty-six man unit, 81 Marines and 5 Navy corpsmen, commanded by Col. ... NAVSPECWARCOM logo. ...


See also

United States Marine Corps Portal

Source: http://www. ... Special forces (colloquially, sometimes incorrectly) or special operations forces (general term) are military units which are formed and trained to conduct missions involving unconventional warfare, counter-terrorism, reconnaissance, direct action and foreign internal defense. ...

References

  1. ^ Hejlik, MajGen Dennis J., Maj Cliff W. Gilmore, SgtMaj Matthew P. Ingram (August 2006). "Special Operations Marines and the Road Ahead". Marine Corps Gazette August 2006.
  • "Elite Marine Unit to Help Fight Terrorism", by Bradley Graham, Washington Post, November 2, 2005.
  • Melton, Ken. "MARSOC activates, helps fight Global War on Terrorism", Marine Corps News, USMC, February 24, 2006.

Dennis J. Hejlik is a Major General in the United States Marine Corps. ... November 2 is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 59 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Marine Forces Special Operations Command website

 
 

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