GULF OF ADEN --
Brigadier Gen. Brian Beaudreault, deputy commanding general, Marine Corps Forces Central Command (MARCENT), visited the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) Aug. 24-25, 2011.
During Beaudreault’s visit, he addressed the command’s officers about the MEU’s mission in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, possible future missions, and commented on the 22nd MEU’s successes.
“It takes a team effort; the success of one is the success of all,” said Beaudreault. “Don’t underestimate your contributions. I don’t care whether you’re with the battalion landing team (BLT), the air combat element (ACE), or combat logistics battalion (CLB), because when you’re out here, you’re the 22nd MEU, it takes a team effort.”
Beaudreault also took time to enjoy dinner and breakfast with the troops, spending time with the warriors who make up the 22nd MEU.
The 22nd MEU is currently deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BATARG) as the U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, also providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.