22nd MEU

 

22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit

II Marine Expeditionary Force

MCB Camp Lejeune, NC
22nd MEU completes second shipboard period to prepare for deployment

By Sgt. Austin Hazard | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit | November 26, 2013

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A U.S. Navy MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 air lifts supplies from the USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) dry cargo/ammunition ship to the USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a replenishment at sea off the East Coast Nov. 6, 2013. The 22nd MEU is currently taking part in the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)/MEU Exercise in preparation for its scheduled 2014 deployment 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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released)

A U.S. Navy MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 air lifts supplies from the USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) dry cargo/ammunition ship to the USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a replenishment at sea off the East Coast Nov. 6, 2013. The 22nd MEU is currently taking part in the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)/MEU Exercise in preparation for its scheduled 2014 deployment 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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released) (Photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard)


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A U.S. Navy MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 air lifts supplies from the USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) dry cargo/ammunition ship to the USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a replenishment at sea off the East Coast Nov. 6, 2013. The 22nd MEU is currently taking part in the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)/MEU Exercise in preparation for its scheduled 2014 deployment 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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released)

A U.S. Navy MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 air lifts supplies from the USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) dry cargo/ammunition ship to the USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a replenishment at sea off the East Coast Nov. 6, 2013. The 22nd MEU is currently taking part in the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)/MEU Exercise in preparation for its scheduled 2014 deployment 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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released) (Photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard)


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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Zachery Oberdorfer, a machine gunner with First Battalion, Sixth Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and native of Cranford, N.J., prepares an M2 .50-caliber Browning machine gun during strait crossing training aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5), off the East Coast, during the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)/MEU Exercise Nov. 1, 2013. The MEU is currently taking part in ARG/MEU Ex in preparation for its scheduled 2014 deployment 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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alisa J. Helin/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Zachery Oberdorfer, a machine gunner with First Battalion, Sixth Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and native of Cranford, N.J., prepares an M2 .50-caliber Browning machine gun during strait crossing training aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5), off the East Coast, during the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)/MEU Exercise Nov. 1, 2013. The MEU is currently taking part in ARG/MEU Ex in preparation for its scheduled 2014 deployment 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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alisa J. Helin/Released) (Photo by Sgt. Alisa J. Helin)


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Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepare for takeoff aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5) off the East Coast during a reconnaissance and surveillance exercise Oct. 27, 2013. The MEU is currently taking part in the Amphibious Ready Group/MEU 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 Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released)

Two CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepare for takeoff aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5) off the East Coast during a reconnaissance and surveillance exercise Oct. 27, 2013. The MEU is currently taking part in the Amphibious Ready Group/MEU 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 Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released) (Photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard)


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A U.S. Navy landing craft, air cushion transports 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) equipment at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 25, 2013. The 22nd MEU and Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) are conducting the ARG/MEU Exercise, or ARG/MEU Ex, off the East Coast through mid-November. 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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caleb McDonald/Released)

A U.S. Navy landing craft, air cushion transports 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) equipment at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 25, 2013. The 22nd MEU and Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) are conducting the ARG/MEU Exercise, or ARG/MEU Ex, off the East Coast through mid-November. 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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caleb McDonald/Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Caleb McDonald)


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U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Raymond Fox, right, II Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general, boards the USS Bataan (LHD 5) off the East Coast from an MV-22 Osprey Oct. 30, 2013. The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is currently taking part in the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)/MEU Exercise in preparation for its scheduled 2014 deployment 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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released)

U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Raymond Fox, right, II Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general, boards the USS Bataan (LHD 5) off the East Coast from an MV-22 Osprey Oct. 30, 2013. The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is currently taking part in the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)/MEU Exercise in preparation for its scheduled 2014 deployment 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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released) (Photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard)


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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Joel Collins, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) sergeant major, and U.S. Marine Corps Col. William Dunn, 22nd MEU commanding officer, prepare a piece of birthday cake for the oldest and youngest Marines present during a Marine Corps birthday celebration aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5) off the East Coast Nov. 10, 2013. The 22nd MEU is currently taking part in the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)/MEU Exercise in preparation for its scheduled 2014 deployment 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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Joel Collins, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) sergeant major, and U.S. Marine Corps Col. William Dunn, 22nd MEU commanding officer, prepare a piece of birthday cake for the oldest and youngest Marines present during a Marine Corps birthday celebration aboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5) off the East Coast Nov. 10, 2013. The 22nd MEU is currently taking part in the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)/MEU Exercise in preparation for its scheduled 2014 deployment 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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/Released) (Photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --

The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed its Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)/MEU Exercise (ARG/MEU Ex) with the U.S. Navy Sailors and ships of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 6 off the East Coast Nov. 13, 2013, as part of the MEU’s preparation for its 2014 deployment.

For three weeks, the MEU practiced conducting raids, evacuations and other tactical operations from the USS Bataan (LHD 5), USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) and USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), which compose the Bataan ARG.

“The goal of ARG/MEU Ex is for the Marine Corps and Navy to work together while being evaluated as a whole for the first time,” said Capt. Ross Sanders, 22nd MEU assistant air officer and native of Hoover, Ala.

Throughout the exercise, the Bataan ARG and MEU were evaluated by Special Operations Training Group (SOTG) on their abilities to plan, prepare and execute missions within the MEU’s unique and compressed six-hour planning process. 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 judged on its ability to operate as a full Marine air-ground task force (MAGTF), which is a scalable, self-sustaining expeditionary force. These skills will be further refined during the MEU’s next major at-sea period, composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX).

“The MEU has 12 mission essential tasks that cover the range of employment for the MEU while deployed,” explained Col. Eric Steidl, SOTG officer in charge and native of Windsor, Col. “So during the six-month pre-deployment training program (PTP), SOTG spends a lot of time on small-unit training and special skills. As we get towards the end of the PTP, ARG/MEU Ex, COMPTUEX, we focus more on MAGTF-level execution of those 12 tasks.” 

The MEU’s overall PTP can be viewed as a crawl, walk, run process, said Sanders. The MEU’s Realistic Urban Training (RUT) exercise and PHIBRON/MEU Integration Training (PMINT) exercise constituted the MEU’s walk phase.

“ARG/MEU Ex is more of a light jog,” said Sanders. “This training evolution has a higher tempo and is slightly more complex because one event affects other events. It sort of puts into practice what the Marine Corps calls the single battle concept; the idea that events in one objective area have ramifications across the entire theater that you’re operating in.”

During the exercise, the MEU executed aerial strikes on targets that were positioned to attack other areas where MEU Marines were already working, explained Sanders. Furthermore, those strikes resulted from information gathered during a previous mission.

“I view ARG/MEU Ex as the preparation for COMPTUEX,” Sanders continued. “They shouldn’t be that different. Because we’re more prepared, COMPTUEX should just be smoother.”

“The MEU’s PTP is not necessarily a dress rehearsal, because we can’t predict the operational environment the MEU will be put into,” said Steidl, who previously commanded the 22nd MEU. “The MEU’s PTP, RUT, PMINT, ARG/MEU Ex, is designed to give it exposure to the tasks it may encounter. It’s meant to build its rapid response capability as a MAGTF.”

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 think the MEU is well on track,” commented Steidl. “The ARG/MEU team has the fundamentals it will need. All that’s left is fine-tuning.”

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