News Icon

News: 22nd MEU completes final major pre-deployment exercise

Story by Sgt. Austin HazardSmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

22nd MEU completes final major pre-deployment exercise Lance Cpl. Caleb McDonald

U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), hold security in a Humvee during an amphibious assault at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 14, 2013. The MEU recently completed the Composite Training Unit Exercise in preparation for its scheduled 2014 deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caleb McDonald/Released)

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the U.S. Navy Sailors and ships of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 6 off the East Coast, at sea, Dec. 15, 2013.

COMPTUEX was the final major exercise in the MEU’s pre-deployment training program, which prepares the MEU for its 2014 deployment.

For two weeks, the MEU practiced conducting raids, humanitarian assistance missions and other operations from the USS Bataan (LHD 5), USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) and USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), which compose the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).

“Basically, COMPTUEX was our culminating exercise to get certified as a MEU for the deployment,” explained U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jarred Burnett, 22nd MEU intelligence analyst and native of Levittown, Pa. “We had a broad spectrum of missions that we practiced, which we may be tasked with during the deployment, such as humanitarian assistance missions and raids.”

Throughout COMPTUEX, the Bataan ARG and MEU were evaluated by Special Operations Training Group (SOTG) on their ability to plan, prepare and execute missions within the MEU’s unique and compressed six-hour planning cycle. This means the MEU is required to complete its planning process and begin its missions within six hours of receiving an order, as opposed to the 24-hour cycle used by the majority of the Marine Corps. The MEU was also assessed on its ability to operate as a full Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF), which is a scalable, self-sustaining expeditionary force.

“They look at the planning and integration of the blue-green team, how well the Navy and Marine sides work together,” said Lt. Col. Bob Brodie, 22nd MEU operations officer and native of Richboro, Pa. “After the planning process, they have evaluators on the ground and adversary role players to oppose the ground forces. The evaluators watch the action on the objectives and the events in the command and control.”

“We had a lot of moving parts between all of the elements,” added Burnett. “Part of the purpose was to run multiple missions all at once. Really, by doing that, it shows how versatile a MEU can be, filling that array of roles all at once without any help.”

MEUs have 12 mission-essential tasks that cover the spectrum of missions a MEU may receive during a deployment.

“If we’re successful in completing the mission-essential tasks, it is considered a pass,” explained Brodie. “If you fail one, you have to repeat it. We passed every evaluation and did not have any failures. The 22nd MEU is certified by SOTG and ready for deployment.”

“They highlighted that the blue-green team had established above-average relationships, building improved mission success,” Brodie continued.

The MEU is scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility with the Bataan ARG as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations.

“I’m excited for the deployment,” said Brodie. “We have an excellent team. Of the six deployments I’ve been on, I’m most confident in the leadership and abilities of this team.”


Connected Media
Images22nd MEU completes...
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion,...
Images22nd MEU completes...
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion,...
Images22nd MEU completes...
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion,...
Images22nd MEU completes...
A U.S. Navy landing craft, air cushion with Assault...
Images22nd MEU completes...
A U.S. Navy landing craft, air cushion with Assault...
Images22nd MEU completes...
A U.S. Navy landing craft, air cushion with Assault...
Images22nd MEU completes...
A U.S. Navy landing craft, air cushion with Assault...
Images22nd MEU completes...
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion,...


Web Views
148
Downloads
1

Podcast Hits
0



Public Domain Mark
This work, 22nd MEU completes final major pre-deployment exercise, by Sgt Austin Hazard, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:12.15.2013

Date Posted:12.19.2013 08:42

Location:MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, NC, USGlobe

Options

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

SELECT A HOLIDAY:

VIDEO ON DEMAND

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr