22nd MEU to conduct urban training exercise in Dinwiddie
30 Aug 2013

Dinwiddie area residents can expect an increase in military aircraft traffic in the vicinity of the Dinwiddie Correctional Center Sept. 2, 2013.

The Marines and Sailors of the Camp Lejeune, N.C.-based 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will conduct training near the Dinwiddie Correctional Center on Cox Rd. as part of their Realistic Urban Training exercise, or RUT.

Residents 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 area.

The types of aircraft participating in the training may include the MV-22 Osprey, UH-1Y Huey, CH-53E Super Stallion and AH-1W Super Cobra.

Dinwiddie area residents will have a chance to interact with the Marines and Sailors of the 22nd MEU at the MEU’s Community Outreach Day Saturday, Sept. 7, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Dinwiddie County Airport.

The public is invited to attend the free event, where the Marines are planning a static display of aircraft, vehicles and equipment.

Since 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.

The 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 six-month training program, which is scheduled to end in December.

The 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.

The MEU 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).

The MEU 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 military operations.

If residents have concerns about the training or questions about the noise of the aircraft the following number is provided as a local “hotline”: 910-467-8693.

Information about the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit

A MEU 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 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.


The 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 in Libya and participated in numerous training exercises and theater security cooperation events with partner nations throughout Europe, the Middle East and Djibouti, Africa.

Capt. Stewart M. Coles, APR+M

22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit Public Affairs Office PSC Box 20082 Camp Lejeune, N.C., 28542-0082

22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit