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Marine Corps Embassy Security Group

The Marine Security Guard Program  was established in December 1948.

The Marine Security Guard Program was established in December 1948.

MCESG Commanding Officer: Col. Douglas Fairfield

MCESG Executive Officer: Lt. Col. Michael D. Robinson

MCESG Sergeant Major: Sgt. Maj. Patrick L. Kimble

MSG School Chief Instructor: Master Sgt. Christopher A. McNeely

MCESG Motto: In every clime and place

Located at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group Headquarters provides support to the Marine Security Guard School and nine region headquarters located in Florida, Germany, Thailand, South Africa and United Arab Emirates. The regional headquarters provide operational supervision to MSG detachments worldwide. The MSG School is responsible for the training of Marine Security Guards and screening them for assignment abroad.

MCESG headquarters consists of more then 100 permanent personnel with approximately nine permanent personnel at each of the regional headquarters.
• Average MSG class size is 100 students with a graduation rate of approximately 80-85 percent.
• MSG School is six weeks long for watch standers (sergeants and below) and eight weeks long for detachment commanders (staff sergeants and above).
• The course consists of training in weapons handling, defensive tactics, response training and interaction with the State Department.
• MSG students may submit duty post requests. However, the needs of Corps take precedence when distributing their assigned posts.

The mission of the Marine Security Guard is to:
• provide internal security preventing the compromise of classified material vital to the national security of the United States.
• provide protection for U.S. citizens and U.S government property located within designated U.S. diplomatic and consular premises.

1,100 – The number of allocations for MSGs.

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4 Responses

  1. JC Stewart says:

    Fall of Saigon to Belin to Dar es Salaam, I had a great time, with a few close calls

  2. JR says:

    It is now MSgt O’Conner

  3. Bakersr3 says:

    The MSG School CHief Instructor is no longer MSgt McNeely

  4. David says:

    In my 54 years of life, my years as an MSG are still the best! Would never trade that time and would do it over again. Even with the hardships, it was the best!