Task Force Leatherneck
To conduct counter-insurgency operations in partnership with Afghan National Security Forces and support the expansion of security and legitimate governance.
• Establish security and safety for Afghan citizens
• Develop and mentor Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police
• Support reconstruction and economic development
• Build trust in local and national government entities
• Transition responsibility for security, reconstruction and governance to the Afghan people
Formerly known as:
2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade
Brig. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson
Sgt. Maj. Ernest K. Hoopii
II Marine Expeditionary Force
• MEB-Afghanistan Headquarters GroupBrigade Headquarters Group, 5th Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.
2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, MCB Camp Lejeune, N.C.
• Regimental Combat Team 7 (Reinforced)
1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, MCB Camp Lejeune, N.C.
3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.
3rd Battalion, 10th Marines, MCB Camp Lejeune, N.C.
• Marine Aircraft Group 40
Marine Attack Squadron 231, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, Marine Corps Air Facility Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352, MCAS Miramar, Calif.
Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3, MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, Calif.
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif. Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C.
• Combat Logistics Regiment 2
Combat Logistics Battalion 1, MCB Camp Pendleton, Calif.
7th Engineer Support Battalion, MCB Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Combat Logistics Company 252, MCB Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Alpha Medical Company, 1st Medical Battalion, MCB Camp Pendleton, Calif.
// By Cpl. Colby W. Brown
A local Afghan goat farmer directs his herd around a convoy with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment in the Garmsir district, Sept. 20, 2011. From Sept. 19 to 24, elements from Bravo and Hotel Company [Read more...]
// By Marines Staff
CURRENT Mission: 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, recently deployed to Helmand province, Afghanistan. Their mission is to partner with the Afghan National Security Forces and conduct counterinsurgency operations in Garmsir, focusing on protecting the population, [Read more...]
// By Sgt. Michael S. Cifuentes
Gunnery Sgt. Christopher J. Clookey was no stranger to danger during his deployment to Afghanistan in the spring of 2008. In a span of three days, Clookey and his Marines with Company A, 1st Battalion, [Read more...]
// By Sgt. Brian A. Tuthill
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Marines and sailors of Company C, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, battled Taliban insurgents Feb. 9 after conducting a successful helicopter-borne assault to seize a key intersection east of the insurgent stronghold city [Read more...]
// By Lance Cpl. Benjamin Harris
Marines Magazine is proud to acknowledge the passing of five years since the Battle of Fallujah, arguably the fiercest combat Marines have seen since the Vietnam War. As time passes, more and more Marines only read or hear about this event as history.