Marine Expeditionary Unit

Map MEULast 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.

V-22 Osprey tiltrotorThe 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.

Military LogisticsNow if you did the math, you’ll wonder where did the 100 other marines went. Their purpose is classified, but it’s safe to say that when there is havoc, these 100 can take care of it.

Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC)

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