Communication Strategy and Operations

Tampa, Fla., March 10, 2020 - A U.S. service member was killed in a non-combat related incident while participating in exercise Native Fury 20, in the United Arab Emirates, March 10.

The incident is under investigation.

In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service member is being withheld until 24 hours after next of kin notification is complete.

United Arab Emirates - U.S. Marine Forces, Central Command and I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), in coordination with the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, will begin Exercise Native Fury 2020 on March 8. Native Fury is a bi-annual exercise that has been occurring in the region since 2008, and this is the 7th iteration of the exercise.

Native Fury 20 is a joint exercise involving thousands of forces demonstrating the ability to respond to contingencies, natural disasters and other possible crises in the region. The exercise is designed to train I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) Marines and Sailors in Maritime Prepositioning Force operations and aimed to increase proficiency, expand levels of cooperation, enhance maritime capabilities, validate joint logistics over the shore capabilities in coordination with the U.S. Army, and promote long-term regional stability and interoperability between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States.

In the course of the exercise, units from I Marine Expeditionary Force will employ a variety of different techniques to accomplish several training objectives. This exercise involves live fire and maneuver training, skill development and exchange with the armed forces of the UAE, ship-to-shore offloads of personnel, equipment and humanitarian resources, as well as a logistics convoy movements across the UAE.

“We are honored to train alongside the United Arab Emirates, a strategic partner of the United States in this region. This exercise is a great opportunity for both countries to demonstrate military readiness and a strong commitment to stability in the Gulf,” said Lt. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command.

For further information regarding NF-20 please visit .

MISSION: The primary function of the MARCENT Communication Strategy and Operations office is to coordinate crisis response and contingency operations throughout the CENTCOM area of responsibility; and produce, review and edit contingency and operational plans/orders and appendixes as required.  Additional functions include support of deployed Marine forces in Southwest Asia, coordinating community involvement, media relations and photography support for the command.

WEBSITE: The MARCENT website is a tool designed primarily to assist those with orders to MARCENT.  The site also serves a myriad of audiences as a source of current information to educate and inform.

CONTACT: We request a clear and concise e-mail for formal requests of information whenever possible.  Please e-mail and include specific details of the request along with your full name, phone number and e-mail address.  We may also be reached by phone at (813) 827-4296/4297.

FACEBOOK: The MARCENT FaceBook page "Marcent Family Readiness" is maintained and monitored by the Family Readiness Officer.







* Requests must be submitted a minimum of 14 calendar days prior to your event for consideration. 

MARCENT is a unique command with a very specific mission to support operations and deployed forces in the CENTCOM area of operations.  We do not have a band, aviation assets or ground equipment.  Requests for guest speakers and the MARCENT color guard are considered on a case-by-case basis and must be submitted through and approved by both the public affairs office and the staff judge advocate's office.  A formal response will be provided with approval or denial for each requested event with either an explination for denial or coordinating instructions for eligible events. (note: eligibility does not guarantee support.  Manpower, availability and other factors might preclude an eligible event to be ultimately denied on these factors)


click the text above to download the request form for a Color Guard, Guest Speaker or both.  Submission instructions are on the bottom of the .pdf form. Please call (813) 827-4297 with any questions.

The Marines assigned to MARCENT also pride themselves in being good stewards to the community.  Many volunteer requests are approved and often individual sections coordinate support to non-profit organizations as a way to give back.

If you organize an event or just happen to be somewhere where Marines from MARCENT are present, we welcome any photos you might have with a brief description of the event.  Please submit photos via e-mail to

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command