Marine Corps Forces Central Command

 

Marine Corps Forces Central Command

MacDill AFB, FL
U.S. Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment and the Maritime Raid Force with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fast rope from a CH-60 Seahawk with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 aboard the USS Boxer off the coast of southern California during their Sustainment Exercise Jan. 17, 2016. SUSTEX is designed to reinforce the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group/MEU's execution of mission essential tasks in preparation for their upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tyler C. Gregory/released)
Maritime fast roping
U.S. Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment and the Maritime Raid Force with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fast rope from a CH-60 Seahawk with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 aboard the USS Boxer off the coast of southern California during their Sustainment Exercise Jan. 17, 2016. SUSTEX is designed to reinforce the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group/MEU's execution of mission essential tasks in preparation for their upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tyler C. Gregory/released)
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 2/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), shield a simulated casualty from the debris of a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) at  Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Oct. 30, 2015. COMPTUEX provides the MEU ARG the opportunity to integrate naval training while also allowing focused, mission-specific training and evaluation for the Marines and their Navy counter parts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Briauna Birl/RELEASED)
Long Range Raid
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 2/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), shield a simulated casualty from the debris of a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Oct. 30, 2015. COMPTUEX provides the MEU ARG the opportunity to integrate naval training while also allowing focused, mission-specific training and evaluation for the Marines and their Navy counter parts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Briauna Birl/RELEASED)
U.S. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), conduct speed reload drills aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), Jan 22, 2016. The 26th MEU is embarked with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and is deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jeraco Jenkins/26th MEU Combat Camera/Released)
Fox Co, BLT 2/6 speed reload drills
U.S. Marines with Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), conduct speed reload drills aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), Jan 22, 2016. The 26th MEU is embarked with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and is deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jeraco Jenkins/26th MEU Combat Camera/Released)
U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, recover a simulated casualty as part of a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel exercise at an Undisclosed Location in Southwest Asia Jan. 12, 2016. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is ready to respond to any crisis response mission in theater to include the employment of a TRAP force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
7th Marines train for TRAP
U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, recover a simulated casualty as part of a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel exercise at an Undisclosed Location in Southwest Asia Jan. 12, 2016. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is ready to respond to any crisis response mission in theater to include the employment of a TRAP force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, recover a simulated casualty as part of a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel exercise at an Undisclosed Location in Southwest Asia Jan. 12, 2016. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is ready to respond to any crisis response mission in theater to include the employment of a TRAP force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
It's a TRAP!
U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, recover a simulated casualty as part of a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel exercise at an Undisclosed Location in Southwest Asia Jan. 12, 2016. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is ready to respond to any crisis response mission in theater to include the employment of a TRAP force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Nicholas Orbik, engineer with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, prepares a truck to transport Alaskan barriers at Al Taqaddum Air Base, Iraq, Jan. 8, 2016. The 12-ton barriers are placed around structures to reinforce them and provide protection from shrapnel. Advise and assist sites, like Al Taqqadum Air Base, are an integral part of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve’s multinational effort to increase the military capacity of Iraqi Security Force personnel to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
U.S. Marines, Iraqi Soldiers place barriers, reinforce protection for base
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Nicholas Orbik, engineer with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, prepares a truck to transport Alaskan barriers at Al Taqaddum Air Base, Iraq, Jan. 8, 2016. The 12-ton barriers are placed around structures to reinforce them and provide protection from shrapnel. Advise and assist sites, like Al Taqqadum Air Base, are an integral part of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve’s multinational effort to increase the military capacity of Iraqi Security Force personnel to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. William D. Beydler, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command (MARCENT) conducts a command visit of  5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade aboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Nov. 15, 2015. Lt. Gen. Beydler discussed readiness and the training necessary for  the staff to respond as a command element for crisis response and contingencies.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Lauren Falk, 5th MEB Combat Camera/Released)
Command Visit
U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. William D. Beydler, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command (MARCENT) conducts a command visit of 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade aboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Nov. 15, 2015. Lt. Gen. Beydler discussed readiness and the training necessary for the staff to respond as a command element for crisis response and contingencies.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Lauren Falk, 5th MEB Combat Camera/Released)
Lieutenant Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., prepares to relinquish command of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command to Lt. Gen. Dave “Smoke” Beydler during a change of command ceremony at the Surf’s Edge aboard Air Force Base MacDill, Oct. 27, at 9:00 a.m. Sergeant Maj. Larry Fineran, MARCENT sergeant major, salutes after passing the MARCENT battle colors to McKenzie, who in turn would hand the colors over to Beydler symbolizing the transfer of command.  General Robert B. Neller, 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, presided over the ceremony.
MARCENT Change of Command
Lieutenant Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., prepares to relinquish command of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command to Lt. Gen. Dave “Smoke” Beydler during a change of command ceremony at the Surf’s Edge aboard Air Force Base MacDill, Oct. 27, at 9:00 a.m. Sergeant Maj. Larry Fineran, MARCENT sergeant major, salutes after passing the MARCENT battle colors to McKenzie, who in turn would hand the colors over to Beydler symbolizing the transfer of command. General Robert B. Neller, 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, presided over the ceremony.
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 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)
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)
Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response
  

TRAP EX IV [Image 16 of 16]

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:15:20 -0500

Two U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC), participate in a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel exercise at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Jan. 25, 2016. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is ready to respond to any crisis response mission in theater to include the employment of a TRAP force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
TRAP EX IV [Image 16 of 16]

TRAP EX IV [Image 15 of 16]

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:14:59 -0500

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC), maneuver to cover during a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel exercise at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Jan. 25, 2016. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is ready to respond to any crisis response mission in theater to include the employment of a TRAP force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
TRAP EX IV [Image 15 of 16]

TRAP EX IV [Image 14 of 16]

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:14:25 -0500

Two U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC), stage on a hasty landing zone during a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel exercise at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Jan. 25, 2016. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is ready to respond to any crisis response mission in theater to include the employment of a TRAP force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
TRAP EX IV [Image 14 of 16]

TRAP EX IV [Image 13 of 16]

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:14:12 -0500

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Alexander Smith, forward air controller, with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC), communicates with local air support during a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel exercise at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Jan. 25, 2016. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is ready to respond to any crisis response mission in theater to include the employment of a TRAP force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
TRAP EX IV [Image 13 of 16]

Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve
  

Building partner capacity update, Jan. 26, 2016

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 07:34:50 -0500

This week's building partner capacity update features photos of Forsvaret (Royal Danish Army) conducting marksmanship training for Iraqi Security Forces at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, and Bundeswehr (German) soldiers conducting counter-IED training for Peshmerga forces near Erbil, Iraq. Training at the building partner capacity sites is an integral part of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve’s multinational effort to train Iraqi Security Force personnel to defeat the Daesh (an Arabic acronym for ISIL.)
Building partner capacity update, Jan. 26, 2016

Military strikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 04:11:53 -0500

On Jan. 25, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes using attack and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

Operation Inherent Resolve quote of the week, French Minister of Defense, Jan 25. 2016

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:54:33 -0500

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter hosted the first face-to-face meeting of representatives from all seven countries providing major contributions to the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant Jan. 20, 2016, in Paris. According to the French Defense Minister, the prime objective of the meeting, which included his British, German, Italian, Dutch and Australian colleagues, was to step up their shared effort by implementing a consistent military strategy. During a joint press conference with the French Defense Minister, Secretary Carter also announced he invited defense ministers from all 26 counter-ISIL military coalition nations, plus Iraq, to convene in Brussels in three weeks for a first ever discussion among coalition defense ministers to discuss the opportunities they have, and must seize to hasten ISIL's lasting defeat. Read more from the Secretary of Defense, French minister of Defense's joint press conference: http://www.defense.gov/News/News-Transcripts/Transcript-View/Article/643932/joint-press-conference-by-secretary-carter-and-french-minister-of-defense-le-dr
Operation Inherent Resolve quote of the week, French Minister of Defense, Jan 25. 2016

Military strikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 06:08:18 -0500

On Jan. 24, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three strikes using fighter, attack, and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 16 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and attack, fighter, 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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