SOUDA BAY, Greece --
Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 22, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted noncombatant evacuation operations training, June 9, 2011.
During this training, Marines reviewed how to process evacuees, should the need arise.
The purpose of this training is to effectively evacuate American citizens and third country nationals during natural disasters or potentially hostile situations.
“The main point today was to make sure we have correct procedures,” said Sgt. Jeremiah Gallagher, a mobile, multi-channel equipment operator with CLB 22. “It gave us the training we needed to hit the essentials.”
Marines processed more than 100 role players during the 51-minute training cycle. Ongoing training will allow the Marines to effectively run an evacuation control center.
The Marines and sailors of the 22nd MEU are currently deployed with Amphibious Squadron 6 aboard the USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group serving as a flexible, formidable and potent force who continues to train and improve their capability to operate as a cohesive and effective Marine Air Ground Task Force.
The 22nd MEU is a multi-mission, capable force, commanded by Col. Eric Steidl and comprised of an Aviation Combat Element, Marine Tilt Rotor Squadron 263 (Reinforced); a Logistics Combat Element, Combat Logistics Battalion 22; a Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment; and its Command Element.
Marine Expeditionary Units are the Marine Corps’ smallest permanent Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and is comprised of approximately 2,200 Marines and sailors ready to provide immediate response to a hostile environment or crisis.