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Command element (United States Marine Corps)

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In the United States Marine Corps, the command element (CE) is the command and control force of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF). It provides C3I for the MAGTF.

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Role within the MAGTFEdit

The Command Element (CE), a headquarters unit organized into a MAGTF (MEU, MEB, MEF) headquarters (HQ) group, that exercises command and control (management and planning for manpower, intelligence, operations and training, and logistics functions) over the other elements of the MAGTF. The HQ group consists of communications, intelligence, surveillance, and law enforcement (i.e., military police) detachments, companies, and battalions, and reconnaissance (Force Reconnaissance), and liaison (ANGLICO) platoons, detachments, and companies.

OrganizationEdit

The size of the CE varies in proportion to the size of the MAGTF. A Marine Expeditionary Force has a MEF Information Group, approximately the size of a regiment. A Marine Expeditionary Brigade holds a battalion-sized MEB Information Group. The various Marine Expeditionary Units command a company-sized MEU Information Group. Generally, MEF postings are permanent, while MEBs and MEUs rotate their GCE, ACE, and LCE twice annually.

Hierarchy of Marine command unitsEdit

I Marine Expeditionary Force Information GroupEdit

CE of I Marine Expeditionary Force

 

Insignia Name Location
 
1st Intelligence Battalion
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
1st Law Enforcement Battalion
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
 
1st Radio Battalion
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
 
9th Communication Battalion
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
 
1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California

II Marine Expeditionary Force Information GroupEdit

CE of II Marine Expeditionary Force

 

Insignia Name Location
 
2nd Intelligence Battalion
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
2nd Law Enforcement Battalion
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
 
2nd Radio Battalion
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
 
8th Communications Battalion
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
 
Chemical Biological Incident Response Force
Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center, Maryland
 
2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

III Marine Expeditionary Force Information GroupEdit

CE of III Marine Expeditionary Force

 

Insignia Name Location
 
3rd Intelligence Battalion
Camp Hansen, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
3rd Law Enforcement Battalion
Camp Hansen, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
 
3rd Radio Battalion
Marine Corps Base Hawaii
 
7th Communication Battalion
Camp Hansen, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
 
5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
Camp Hansen, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

Marine Forces Reserve CE unitsEdit

Force Headquarters Group

 

Insignia Name Location
 
Intelligence Support Battalion[1]
New Orleans, Louisiana
4th Law Enforcement Battalion
 
6th Communications Battalion
Note: also fall under 4th Marine Logistics Group
New York City, New York
1st Civil Affairs Group
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
2nd Civil Affairs Group
Naval Support Facility Anacostia, Washington, D.C.
 
3rd Civil Affairs Group
Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois
 
4th Civil Affairs Group
Hialeah, Florida
 
3rd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
Long Beach, California
 
4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
West Palm Beach, Florida
 
6th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
Concord, California
 
3rd Force Reconnaissance Company
Note: Operational Control (OPCON) to II Marine Expeditionary Force
Mobile, Alabama
 
4th Force Reconnaissance Company
Note: Operational Control (OPCON) to I Marine Expeditionary Force
Marine Corps Base Hawaii

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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