MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
Marines and Sailors of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will conduct
urban training near the towns of Charlottesville, Dinwiddie and Natural Bridge,
Va., in the coming days to help them prepare for their upcoming deployment
early next year.
Realistic Urban Training exercise, or RUT, which will take place from Aug. 23
2013, allows the Marines to train in completely new areas that are unique from
training facilities they normally use on military bases. The Marines will
out of Fort Eustis and Fort Pickett, Va., with individual training events
planned off base in select locations around Charlottesville, Dinwiddie and
Marines will notify residents in the immediate area of the training sites by
conducting house-to-house canvassing to ensure residents are notified prior to
the training will center on what the Marines call situational training
exercises. The MEU will be issued a series of mock orders designed to replicate
the types of missions it’s likely to face during its deployment, then plan the
missions in detail and execute them in pre-designated locations that have
already been coordinated with community officials and law enforcement.
of Charlottesville, Dinwiddie, Natural Bridge and surrounding communities may see
Marines and role players periodically throughout the exercise and are likely to
notice more military aircraft and ground vehicles than usual operating in the
in the Dinwiddie area will have a chance to interact with Marines at a
community outreach event scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Dinwiddie
County Airport, where the Marines are planning a static display of aircraft and
equipment that will be open to the public. Further details will be released for
1985, the three Camp Lejeune-based MEUs have used numerous cities throughout the
United States to simulate the kinds of hotspots to which MEUs are often called
in a crisis as realistically as possible.
Marines kicked off their predeployment training program in July and will
conduct a series
of land-based exercises and numerous at-sea periods with their Navy
counterparts. RUT is the 22nd MEU’s first major exercise in the program, which
is slated to end in December.
22nd MEU is composed of its command element; Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1st Battalion,
6th Marine Regiment; Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced);
and Combat Logistics Battalion 22.
is slated to be the landing force for the Norfolk-based Bataan Amphibious Ready
Group (ARG), which consists of the amphibious assault ships USS Bataan (LHD 5),
USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) and USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44).
and Bataan ARG are scheduled to deploy in early 2014 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet
areas of responsibility to serve as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response
force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of
residents have concerns about the training or questions about the noise of the
aircraft the following number is provided as an information “hotline”: 910-467-8693.
about the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit –
is considered America’s 911 Force - always forward deployed, ready to respond
to a variety of crises from full-scale combat to humanitarian assistance. A MEU
consists of a command element, ground combat element, aviation combat element,
and combat logistics element. The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit is made up of
the following units: Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced)
based out of New River Air Station, N.C.,
with AV-8B Harrier attachments from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point,
N.C.; Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1st
Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., which includes
various attachments of tanks, reconnaissance, assault amphibious vehicles and
other support units; and Combat Logistics Battalion 22 based out of Camp
Lejeune. They will deploy on ships of Amphibious Squadron 6 (PHIBRON 6): the multipurpose
amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), the amphibious transport dock ship
USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD
44). There are three MEUs on the East Coast (22nd, 24th and 26th) and three on
the West Coast (11th, 13th and 15th), with a seventh based out of Okinawa (31st
MEU). The 26th MEU is currently deployed from Camp Lejeune.
22nd MEU last deployed from March 2011 to February 2012 to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet
areas of responsibility. During this deployment, the MEU supported operations
and participated in numerous training exercises and theater security cooperation events
with partner nations throughout Europe, the Middle East and Djibouti, Africa.