Last time I mentioned about the Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) as part of a peacekeeping effort to prevent large-scale war across the globe. That is no understatement, considering that 3 MEUs are stationed on the west coast of United States, 3 are stationed on the east coast, and 1 is stationed in Okinawa, Japan. This global coverage ensures that no war-prone state will wreak havoc on nearby states. Each of these MEUs live on naval ships and consist of 2300 marines and sailors, spread into 4 different elements.
The 1st is the command element, where the colonel and 199 supporting staff formulate strategies and issue orders to the other 3 elements. The 2nd is the ground combat element, where 1100 marines utilize amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs) and tanks to storm onto and take over a shoreline. The 3rd is the air combat element, where 600 marines maintain and fly jets and tiltrotors, such as the V-22 Osprey. The last is the logistics combat element, where the 300 marines are not to be overlooked. Every captain knows that the front-line troops can’t do much without the back-lines providing readily accessible firepower, medical attention, or even potable water.