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Strategic Communication and Marine Corps Veteran Organizations. Share the Courage. Marines in Afghanistan are my number one priority. Strategic Communication. Off ramp OEF – the Nation will make hard decisions about National Security, in an era of fiscal austerity.
Strategic Communication and Marine Corps Veteran Organizations
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March 20, 2011) ABOARD USS KEARSARGE, at sea ñ A Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unitís AV-8B Harrier jump jet returns to USS Kearsarge for fuel and ammunition resupply while conducting air strikes in support of Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn, March 20, 2011. Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973.† UNSCR 1973 authorizes all necessary measures to protect civilians in Libya under threat of attack by Qadhafi regime forces.† JTF Odyssey Dawn is commanded by U.S. Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, III. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michael S. Lockett)
GULF OF ADEN (Dec. 27, 2010) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Mark Hernandez signals an MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), to take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the command ship of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott Pittman/Released)
Marines from Light Armored Reconnaissance Platoon and Combined Anti-Armored Team, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, plan their route during a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel Course held by Special Operations Training Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 26, 2010. Two one-week courses were held to teach Marines TRAP using aircraft and ground vehicles. The course is one of many 26th MEU Marines are participating in before their deployment in the fall. (Official USMC Photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle M. Bacon/ Released).
A Marine from Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 3/8, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides security after exiting an MV-22 Osprey during a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel Course held by Special Operations Training Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 19, 2010. Marines from Weapons Company, BLT 3/8, 26th MEU, recovered an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Two one-week courses were held to teach Marines TRAP using aircraft and ground vehicles. The course is one of many 26th MEU Marines are participating in before their deployment in the fall. (Official USMC Photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle M. Bacon/ Released).
2) Future Security Environment - CMC outlines the FSE to many audiences (It is covered on pg 5 of the CPG and pg 2 of the 2011 Posture Statement). CMC believes that all domains (land, sea, air, space, cyber) converge in the littorals...where the MEU operates. Leaders should capitalize on this for their talking points. The continued 3.0 MEU presence world-wide ensures a crisis response force for their mission. Engagement will be important as well to dealing with the FSE as we move towards collective approaches with other nations to solve common security challenges/threats. In that sense, Marines are equally skilled as being trainers, mentors and advisors as they are at being fighters. Marines will conduct more theater security cooperation, security force assistance and partner capacity building missions now and into the post OEF world.
3) Role of the Marine Corps: If there is one part of the CPG that CMC thinks everyone should read, it is the Role of the Marine Corps (Pg 5 of the CPG; PG 2 of the Posture Statement). He has even said if someone reads only the blue box on page five of the CPG and dies, then they will know what the Marine Corps does.
The Marine Corps is America\'s Expeditionary Force in Readiness - a balanced air-ground-logistics team. We are forward-deployed and forward-engaged: shaping, training, deterring, and responding to all manner of crises and contingencies. We create options and decision space for our Nation\'s leaders. Alert and ready, we respond to today\'s crisis, with today\'s force...TODAY. Responsive and scalable, we team with other services, allies and interagency partners. We enable and participate in joint and combined operations of any magnitude. A middleweight force, we are light enough to get there quickly, but heavy enough to carry the day upon arrival, and capable of operating independent of local infrastructure. We operate throughout the spectrum of threats -irregular, hybrid, conventional - or the shady areas where they overlap. Marines are ready to respond whenever the Nation calls...wherever the President may direct.
~When speaking of the role of the Marine Corps, the Commandant also talks about LANES and DOMAINS...Our lane is crisis response...Our domain encompasses every domain. Whereas each service focuses on one or two specific domains, we reach all of them.
4) Navy Support Matters: Know our position on Navy support(Amphib shipping, NSFS, MPS, Partnering with the Navy, Assured Access, Seabasing) and be able to articulate them verbatim. All these topics are on pages 10-12 of the posture statement.
5) ACV/JSF: The continued development of these platforms is crucial to the manner in which we conduct operations in austere, expeditionary environments. The official USMC position on ACV and JSF are in the posture statement (pg 8-10). MEU COs should adhere to that position and stick to the message.
6) Lighten the MAGTF Initiatives: These are essential to our integration with the Navy and amphibs. MEU COs need to be well-versed on all issues in terms of what we are looking at to do lighten the MAGTF as it relates to amphib ops/integration.