United States Marine Corps Forces, Pacific
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Marine Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC) is the United States Marine Corps service component command of United States Indo-Pacific Command. It is the largest field command in the Marine Corps and is headquartered at Camp H. M. Smith in Hawaii.
|Marine Forces Pacific|
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Size||84,000 Marines and sailors|
|Part of||United States Indo-Pacific Command|
|Garrison/HQ||Camp H. M. Smith|
|Motto(s)||"In Any Clime and Place!"|
|Colors||Marine Corps Colors|
|LtGen Lewis A. Craparotta|
It is composed of the I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) and the III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF). Each MEF comprises a command element (CE), a ground combat element (GCE) (1st and 3rd Marine Divisions), an aviation combat element (ACE) (1st and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wings), and a logistics combat element (LCE) (1st and 3rd Marine Logistics Groups).
As the assigned service component to United States Indo-Pacific Command area of responsibility, Marine Forces Pacific is responsible for the support, planning, and provision of forces in the PACOM AOR or elsewhere as required and may be designated as an executive agent for standing responsibilities or named operations.
Longstanding missions for MARFORPAC include building partner capacity in support of regional cooperation and capacity-building efforts, as well as the defense of South Korea (via subordinate command MARFORK) and Japan. Marine Forces Pacific also provided combat units to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Notable former commandersEdit
- General David H. Berger who is the current Commandant of the Marine Corps
- LtGen John A. Toolan
- LtGen Keith J. Stalder
- LtGen John F. Goodman
- LtGen Earl B. Hailston
- LtGen Frank Libutti
- LtGen Carlton W. Fulford Jr.
- LtGen H. C. Stackpole III
- LtGen (later General) Charles C. Krulak who later was selected to be Commandant of the Marine Corps
- LtGen Jefferson D. Howell
- LtGen Louis H. Wilson Jr. who later was selected to be Commandant of the Marine Corps
- "Marine Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC)". GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved 2007-03-15.
- Cole, William (August 23, 2008). "New commander for Marine Forces Pacific". The Honolulu Advertiser. MarineCorpsTimes.com. Archived from the original on February 13, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2008.
- Marion, Lance Cpl. Brian A. (August 22, 2008). "Goodman relinquishes command of MarForPac". marines.mil. Archived from the original on February 13, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
- Agostini, Cpl. Luis R. (August 4, 2003). "OIF/OEF Marine Commander Relinquishes Command of Pacific". military.com. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
- "Lieutenant General Libutti Takes MARFORPAC Helm". highbeam.com. June 24, 1999. Retrieved 2009-03-25.[dead link]
- "MarForPac general passes the torch". marines.mil. September 2, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-08.[dead link]
- "MARFORPAC bids farewell to Robling, welcomes Toolan". marines.mil. October 1, 2014. Archived from the original on September 29, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2014.