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    Bolstering the Defense of South Korea Together | Unique Reserve Unit Supports the Active Component Globally

    FAHQ Marines

    Photo By Cpl. Tyler Andrews | Marines with Force Artillery Headquarters, 14th Marine Regiment, Marine Forces...... read more read more

    NEW ORLEANS - This year, 14th Marine Regiment deployed small teams of Marines as a part of Force Artillery Headquarters detachment in support of multiple bilateral and joint training exercises.

    According to Maj. Kyle Lynch, a fire support coordinator with 14th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, FAHQ is unique to 14th Marines, requiring them to augment a Marine Expeditionary Force to help control and coordinate countersurface-to-surface long-range fires. It supplies the supported MEF commander with a means to command and control both Marine and Army tube and rocket artillery.

    “This year, the FAHQ has been involved in a couple of different [international] exercises to directly support various elements, one being the III [Marine Expeditionary Force] in [South] Korea,” said Lynch.

    As the Marine Corps continues to focus its efforts on Force Design 2030 and the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility, coordination of long-range fires is essential for success in potential future conflicts. The total force continues to refine the stand-in forces concept, and FAHQ is one way the Reserve Component is contributing to that effort.

    "Force Artillery Headquarters gives the Marine Air Ground Task Force command the ability to provide surface fires to shape the deep fight in support of III Marine Expeditionary Force’s objectives–to support our Republic of Korea counterparts," said Master Gunnery Sgt. David Arellano, fires chief with FAHQ.

    In a potential future conflict, providing long-range fires in a timely manner will be essential, which requires coordination and clearance from multiple levels, and sometimes multiple locations. FAHQ Marines liaising directly with active units and allies will help ensure efficiency in the fires process.

    “The 14th Marine Regiment provides liaisons to III Marine Expeditionary Force, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, 1st Marine Division, Republic of Korea counterparts and component commands to coordinate and clear fires quickly," said Maj. John Tatum, officer-in-charge, FAHQ.

    FAHQ also supported the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet, Naval Forces Africa, and Marine Forces Europe and Africa during African Lion, a multilateral, joint exercise in various countries in Africa. Based in Naples, Italy, FAHQ Marines were embedded in the maritime operations center and supported complex coordination of fires from afar.

    Deployments for annual training outside of the continental United States in support of large training exercises, such as Freedom Shield and African Lion, are key for FAHQ and its Marines to maintain proficiency and expand their skillset.

    “The FAHQ provides a center where fire supporters can come and hone their craft for extended periods of time and develop continuity in those billets,” Lynch said.

    He explained that FAHQ provides depth to the service by having a pool of capable fire supporters with a specific focus on long-range fires.

    International exercises expose Marines with FAHQ to real-world processes and gives them experience beyond the tactical level. Training events involve coordination with multiple units and services, and often with multiple countries, to carry out long-range artillery fire, which will be key in potential future conflicts.

    “These overseas training evolutions where we are embedded with active component counterparts or elements that are involved in real-world operations are incredibly important to help build the skillset and provide exciting opportunities to serve,” said Lynch. “The ability of Reserve Marines to stay in that skillset for years is of value to the service, whereas the active component rotates quite often. Marines in the FAHQ can hone their skills for five-plus years at a time and really focus on their primary MOS on the next level.”



    Date Taken: 05.10.2023
    Date Posted: 05.10.2023 16:25
    Story ID: 444467
    Location: KR

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