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
  

Marines provide security at Al Taqaddum [Image 2 of 7]

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:30:32 -0400

U.S. Marines with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, currently attached to Task Force Al Taqaddum Security Force, walk back to their Humvees 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)
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Marines provide security at Al Taqaddum [Image 4 of 7]

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:30:13 -0400

U.S. Marine Sgt. Kenneth Pate, a squad leader with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, shows 1st Lt. Alexander Wattstein, the 1st platoon leader, the area around the Task Force Al Taqaddum area of operations 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)
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Marines provide security at Al Taqaddum [Image 6 of 7]

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:30:10 -0400

U.S. Marine Pfc. Samuel Allingham, a mortarman with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, currently attached to Task Force Al Taqaddum Security Force, drives a Humvee on 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 Al Taqaddum’s coalition 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)
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Marines provide security at Al Taqaddum [Image 7 of 7]

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:30:08 -0400

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)
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Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve
  

Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:59:29 -0400

On July 12, Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine airstrikes using bomber, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 39 airstrikes approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense using bomber, attack, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 02:59:51 -0400

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Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Sun, 12 Jul 2015 13:44:57 -0400

On July 11, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 airstrikes using bomber, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 11 airstrikes approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense using attack, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Sat, 11 Jul 2015 10:53:04 -0400

On July 10, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 17 airstrikes using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 airstrikes approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense using attack, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

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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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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.

Integrated Task Force mortar men conduct MCOTEA assessment

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 04:00:00 GMT

Marines with Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, began their Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity assessment at Range 107, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, April 23, 2015.

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