Marine Corps Forces Central Command

 

Marine Corps Forces Central Command

MacDill AFB, FL
U.S. Marines come to a security halt during a patrol at Al Taqaddum Air Base, Iraq, July 3, 2015. The Task Force Al Taqaddum Security Force runs regular mounted and dismounted patrols of the area to ensure the safety of the Al Taqaddum personnel. Task Force Al Taqaddum is part of Operation Inherent Resolve’s Advise & Assist mission, which places U.S. coalition members in mentorship positions with Iraqi Security Force leadership in subjects like logistics and operations planning. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John Baker)
Marines provide security at Al Taqaddum
U.S. Marines come to a security halt during a patrol at Al Taqaddum Air Base, Iraq, July 3, 2015. The Task Force Al Taqaddum Security Force runs regular mounted and dismounted patrols of the area to ensure the safety of the Al Taqaddum personnel. Task Force Al Taqaddum is part of Operation Inherent Resolve’s Advise & Assist mission, which places U.S. coalition members in mentorship positions with Iraqi Security Force leadership in subjects like logistics and operations planning. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John Baker)
U.S. Marine Col. John McDonough, commanding officer of II Marine Expeditionary Force's Advise & Assist Team and Task Force Al Taqaddum, speaks about the unit’s mission, his intent, and the current status of Iraqi Security Force training aboard Al Taqaddum Air Base, Iraq, July 3, 2015. Operation Inherent Resolve’s Advise & Assist mission pairs U.S. coalition members in a mentoring capacity with Iraqi Security Force leadership in operational and logistics planning.
Commanding Officer, Task Force Al Taqaddum, Describes Unit's Mission
U.S. Marine Col. John McDonough, commanding officer of II Marine Expeditionary Force's Advise & Assist Team and Task Force Al Taqaddum, speaks about the unit’s mission, his intent, and the current status of Iraqi Security Force training aboard Al Taqaddum Air Base, Iraq, July 3, 2015. Operation Inherent Resolve’s Advise & Assist mission pairs U.S. coalition members in a mentoring capacity with Iraqi Security Force leadership in operational and logistics planning.
U.S. Marine Sgt. Joseph Walkerstill, a Weapons and Tactics Instructor with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-165 (VMM-165), Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force—Crisis Response—Central Command, fires an M240 machine gun during Aerial Gunnery Training aboard an MV-22 in an Southwest Asia, July 15, 2015. The Marines of VMM – 165 celebrate the unit’s 50th anniversary while deployed with the SPMAGTF; providing long range assault support, troop transport and cargo delivery in the Central Command Area of Operations, as well as support to the Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Leah Agler)
Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force—Crisis Response—Central Command
U.S. Marine Sgt. Joseph Walkerstill, a Weapons and Tactics Instructor with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-165 (VMM-165), Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force—Crisis Response—Central Command, fires an M240 machine gun during Aerial Gunnery Training aboard an MV-22 in an Southwest Asia, July 15, 2015. The Marines of VMM – 165 celebrate the unit’s 50th anniversary while deployed with the SPMAGTF; providing long range assault support, troop transport and cargo delivery in the Central Command Area of Operations, as well as support to the Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Leah Agler)
Brig. Gen. Carl E. Mundy, the Task Force commanding general, speaks to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard the USS Makin Island Sept. 29.  The 11th MEU is a forward-deployed, flexible sea-based Marine Air-Ground Task Force embarked with the Makin Island Amphibious ready Group in the 5th fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Demetrius Morgan/NOT RELEASED)
MARCENT(FWD) visits USS Makin Island
Brig. Gen. Carl E. Mundy, the Task Force commanding general, speaks to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard the USS Makin Island Sept. 29. The 11th MEU is a forward-deployed, flexible sea-based Marine Air-Ground Task Force embarked with the Makin Island Amphibious ready Group in the 5th fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Demetrius Morgan)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 16, 2014) An MV-22 Osprey attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced) launches from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island, the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is on a scheduled deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 16, 2014) An MV-22 Osprey attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced) launches from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island, the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is on a scheduled deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Lindahl/Released)
Marines with Charley Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, render honors to Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, commander, Regional Command and Marine Expeditionary Brigade–Afghanistan, during the battalion’s transfer of authority ceremony aboard Tactical Base Dwyer, Afghanistan, Oct. 1, 2014. The ceremony signified the battalion’s transfer of authority of the base and their area of responsibility to 3rd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, a U.S. Army command based out of Fort Hood, Texas. The ceremony also meant the end of combat operations for 7th Marines – a regiment which has been actively supporting Operation Enduring Freedom for several years.
1/7 transfers authority, ends operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan
Marines with Charley Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, render honors to Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, commander, Regional Command and Marine Expeditionary Brigade–Afghanistan, during the battalion’s transfer of authority ceremony aboard Tactical Base Dwyer, Afghanistan, Oct. 1, 2014. The ceremony signified the battalion’s transfer of authority of the base and their area of responsibility to 3rd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, a U.S. Army command based out of Fort Hood, Texas. The ceremony also meant the end of combat operations for 7th Marines – a regiment which has been actively supporting Operation Enduring Freedom for several years.
Flames explode behind the U.S. Navy Blue Angels'  F/A-18 Hornets during the night portion of the 2014 Miramar Air Show aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 4. The wall of fire is the last event of the night air show.
Wall of Fire lights up MCAS Miramar night
Flames explode behind the U.S. Navy Blue Angels' F/A-18 Hornets during the night portion of the 2014 Miramar Air Show aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 4. The wall of fire is the last event of the night air show.
Col. Matthew Trollinger, commanding officer of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, addresses Marines embarked aboard the USS Comstock during a visit, Sept. 27. The 11th MEU is deployed with the Makin Island ARG as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout U.S. Central Command and the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger/ Released)
11th MEU leadership visits USS Comstock
Col. Matthew Trollinger, commanding officer of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, addresses Marines embarked aboard the USS Comstock during a visit, Sept. 27. The 11th MEU is deployed with the Makin Island ARG as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout U.S. Central Command and the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger/ Released)
Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, left, and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, right, meritoriously promote Cpl. William R. Gelroth with Combat Logistics Battalion 1, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, during their visit at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2014. Amos and Barrett visited Marines with Regional Command Southwest to thank and update them on current events within the Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia/Released)
Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Visit Marines in Afghanistan
Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, left, and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, right, meritoriously promote Cpl. William R. Gelroth with Combat Logistics Battalion 1, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, during their visit at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2014. Amos and Barrett visited Marines with Regional Command Southwest to thank and update them on current events within the Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia/Released)
A Marine with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment recites a practical phrase used to simulate the time it takes to send a burst of live fire at KR-5 live-fire range aboard Schofield Barracks, Sept. 19, 2014 as part of the Island Viper exercise. The exercise is meant to prepare Marines for real-world combat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Harley Thomas)
A Marine with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment recites a practical phrase used to simulate the time it takes to send a burst of live fire at KR-5 live-fire range aboard Schofield Barracks, Sept. 19, 2014 as part of the Island Viper exercise. The exercise is meant to prepare Marines for real-world combat. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Harley Thomas)
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command, welcomes Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie back to USCENTCOM before a change of command ceremony here June 18.  McKenzie assumed command of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command from Lt. Gen. Robert Neller during a change of command ceremony, June 18. (USCENTCOM photo by Sgt. Fredrick J Coleman, USMC)
CENTCOM welcomes MARCENT commander aboard
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command, welcomes Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie back to USCENTCOM before a change of command ceremony here June 18. McKenzie assumed command of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command from Lt. Gen. Robert Neller during a change of command ceremony, June 18. (USCENTCOM photo by Sgt. Fredrick J Coleman, USMC)

Sergeant Major
Lawrence P. Fineran

Sergeant Major
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Major General
Carl E. Mundy III

Deputy Commander
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Lieutenant General
Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr.

Commander
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Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response
  

St. Louis Marine uses faith to help build better Corps [Image 2 of 2]

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 04:23:17 -0400

Lance Cpl. Nathan Battle, an administration specialist currently deployed with Marine Wing Support Squadron - 371, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command from St. Louis, Missouri, poses for a portrait while deployed in Southwest Asia, Aug. 18, 2015. Battle said his religious beliefs act as his foundation, his philosophy, and way of life aimed at developing himself, others, and the Marine Corps.
St. Louis Marine uses faith to help build better Corps [Image 2 of 2]

St. Louis Marine uses faith to help build better Corps

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 04:22:57 -0400

The Marine Corps, like America, is a melting pot of beliefs, cultures, and values. This diversity provides strength to the organization through unique individuals equipped mentally and spiritually to deal with the day-to-day rigors of service. For Lance Cpl. Nathan Battle, an administration specialist currently deployed with Marine Wing Support Squadron - 371, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, his beliefs act as his foundation, his philosophy, and way of life aimed at developing himself, others, and the Marine Corps.
St. Louis Marine uses faith to help build better Corps [Image 1 of 2]

St. Louis Marine uses faith to help build better Corps [Image 1 of 2]

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 04:19:27 -0400

Lance Cpl. Nathan Battle, an administration specialist currently deployed with Marine Wing Support Squadron - 371, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command from St. Louis, Missouri, helps a customer while deployed in Southwest Asia, Aug. 19, 2015. Battle said his religious beliefs act as his foundation, his philosophy, and way of life aimed at developing himself, others, and the Marine Corps.
St. Louis Marine uses faith to help build better Corps [Image 1 of 2]

Danish Coalition Members Teach Iraqi Security Forces Marksmanship at Al Asad (b-roll)

Sun, 16 Aug 2015 06:28:30 -0400

Danish coalition members teach Iraqi security forces basic marksmanship fundamentals aboard Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, July 27, 2015. As a part of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve’s advise and assist and Building Partner Capacity missions, the multinational coalition has trained more than 10,000 Iraqi security force personnel in support of combat operations against Daesh. Also available in high definition.
Danish Coalition Members Teach Iraqi Security Forces Marksmanship at Al Asad (b-roll)

Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve
  

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:20:39 -0400

On Aug. 17, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three airstrikes using bomber and fighter aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 airstrikes coordinated with the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter and fighter-attack aircraft against ISIL targets.

23rd Iraqi Army Brigade Training Event

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 04:24:04 -0400

Iraqi soldiers assigned to the 23rd Iraqi army brigade, participate in training events with coalition forces at Camp Taji, Iraq, July 29, 2015. Through advise and assist and build partner capacity missions, the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve's multinational coalition has trained more than 11,000 Iraqi security force personnel to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. A coalition of regional and international nations have joined together to enable Iraqi forces to counter ISIL, reestablish Iraq's borders and re-take lost terrain there by restoring regional stability and security. Also available in high definition. (U.S. Army video by Spc. Paris Maxey/Released)
23rd Iraqi Army Brigade Training Event

Improvised Explosive Device Training

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 04:23:48 -0400

Peshmerga soldiers counter IED training at Erbil, Iraq Aug. 15, 2015. Also available in high definition. (U.S. Army video by Cpl. Nelson Rodriguez/Released)
Improvised Explosive Device Training

IA NCOs attend NCO academy at Taji [Image 4 of 4]

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:14:31 -0400

An Australian soldier assigned to Task Group Taji teaches Iraqi noncommissioned officers how to apply a bandage during a first aid course at the Iraqi army NCO academy at Camp Taji, Iraq, Aug. 12, 2015. Task Group Taji spearheaded the academy concept in order to teach Iraqi NCOs how to train and care for their soldiers in different situations. Through professional development with the Iraqi NCOs, Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve is empowering the Iraqi security forces in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. William Marlow/Released)
IA NCOs attend NCO academy at Taji [Image 4 of 4]

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Mission
MARCENT is designated as the Marine Corps service component for U.S. Central Command. MARCENT is responsible for all Marine Corps forces in the CENTCOM area of responsibility.

MARCENT provides Marine Expeditionary Forces capable of conducting a wide range of operations, offering the command a responsive and unique set of capabilities. Marines deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as well as embarked aboard U.S. Navy amphibious ships provide a potent mix of capabilities that can project combat power rapidly to any location in the region.

The CENTCOM AOR is an area larger than the Continental United States, is comprised of 20 countries, 522 million people, 7 major languages and more than 12 major religions.

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Integrated Task Force deactivates at Camp Lejeune

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:32:25 GMT

An era in Marine Corps history came to an end when the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force officially cased the unit colors during a deactivation ceremony at the Goettge Memorial Field House aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, July 14, 2015.  On Jan. 24, 2013, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint

Gunner Vitale retires after 30 years of service

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:16:09 GMT

“All I ever wanted to do was to be a Marine,” said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Nicholas V. Vitale, Marine Gunner with the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force. “I would see my dad and all his friends, and I’m like ‘oh yeah, that’s what I want to do.’”   Having grown up near Naval Air Stations, where his father was stationed and Marines guarded

Integrated Task Force Marines return to Camp Lejeune, complete MCOTEA assessment

Thu, 21 May 2015 17:22:10 GMT

Marines from the GroundCombat Element Integrated Task Force returned to Marine Corps Base CampLejeune, May 20, 2015, after completing the Marine Corps Operational Test andEvaluation Activity assessment after three months in the Mojave Desert and a justa few weeks in Bridgeport.  In early March, GCEITF Marines began the MCOTEA assessmentat Marine

Integrated Task Force Marines begin MCOTEA assessment aboard Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif.

Tue, 05 May 2015 04:00:00 GMT

“Trail High Point: 7,337 feet” reads a wooden sign atop a mountain. A squad of Marines briefly catch their breath and sip water, one of many items securely packed in their 75-pound fighting load. Many tasks remain before they travel this path back the way they came.

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