2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (United States)

The 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade is a brigade of the United States Marine Corps. It is part of II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF). It advertises itself as a "middleweight" crises response force of choice in the European and Southern Command Areas of Operation. It is able to "operate independently, as a service component, or to lead a Joint Task Force". Self-sufficient and interoperable, the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade possesses a mix of command and control, combat power and specialized logistics. Operating as part of the greater Marine Corps team and with support from the United States Navy and other services, it can provide operational reach.

2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade
2nd MEB insignia
Founded20 November 2012
(11 years, 6 months)
Country United States
Branch United States Marine Corps
TypeMarine Air-Ground Task Force
Part of2nd Marine Expeditionary Force
Garrison/HQMarine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
EngagementsOperation Iraqi Freedom

Operation Enduring Freedom

BGen Andrew T. Priddy

Current subordinate units edit

History edit

In 1991 the 2nd MEB made the first test of the Norway Air-Landed Marine Expeditionary Brigade (NALMEB), comprised completely of Marine Corps Reserve units as Operation Desert Storm was getting under way. The exercise was designated Battle Griffin and took place in February–March 1991. The force comprised HQ Company 25th Marines, 3/25 Marines, Co E, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, and 1/14 Marine Artillery (Batteries HQ, Alpha, and Bravo).[1]

Iraq war edit

Marines from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade coming ashore in Kuwait. 15 February 2003

The 2nd MEB became Task Force Tarawa, commanded by Brigadier General Richard F. Natonski, for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and, as TF Tarawa, was thus part of the 2003 invasion of Iraq under I Marine Expeditionary Force. During the invasion 2nd MEB fought the Battle of Nasiriyah.

War in Afghanistan edit

NATO Symbol

It became Task Force Leatherneck, commanded by BGen Lawrence Nicholson during the 2009–10 deployment to Afghanistan for NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). In 2010, Task Force Leatherneck spearheaded both the Operation Strike of the Sword and the Battle of Marjah, the largest battles since the start of the Afghanistan Campaign.[citation needed]

The 2nd MEB Command Element was reactivated on 20 Nov 2012 at Camp Lejune, North Carolina.[2] The reactivated unit is designed to be a "scalable, standing, joint-capable, and a deployment-ready headquarters element that can also enable the introduction of follow-on forces if required."

TF Leatherneck logo

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Thomas D. Dinackus, Order of Battle: Allied Ground Forces of Operation Desert Storm, Hellgate Press, Central Point, Oregon, 2000, Chart 22-3, ISBN 1-55571-493-5.
  2. ^ "2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade - About". www.2ndmeb.marines.mil. Retrieved 5 August 2019.

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