2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (United States)

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2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade
2nd MEB insignia (transparent background) 01.png
2nd MEB insignia
Country United States
Allegiance United States of America
Branch United States Marine Corps
Type Marine Air-Ground Task Force
Part of 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force
Garrison/HQ Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Operation Enduring Freedom

BrigGen Robert F. Castelvi

Richard F. Natonski

Lawrence Nicholson

The 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade is a brigade (a formation) of the United States Marine Corps. It is part of II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF). It advertises itself as a "middleweight" crises response force of choice in the European and Southern Command Areas of Operation. It is able to "operate independently, as a service component, or to lead a Joint Task Force". Self-sufficient and interoperable, the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade possesses a mix of command and control, combat power and specialized logistics. Operating as part of the greater Marine Corps team and with support from the United States Navy and other services, it can provide operational reach.

Current subordinate units


In 1991 the 2nd MEB made the first test of the Norway Air-Landed Marine Expeditionary Brigade (NALMEB), comprised completely of Marine Corps Reserve units as Operation Desert Storm was getting under way. The exercise was designated Battle Griffin and took place in February–March 1991. The force comprised HQ Company 25th Marines, 3/25 Marines, Co E, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, and 1/14 Marine Artillery (Batteries HQ, Alpha, and Bravo).[1]

The 2nd MEB became Task Force Tarawa, commanded by Brigadier General Richard F. Natonski, for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and, as TF Tarawa, was thus part of the 2003 invasion of Iraq under I Marine Expeditionary Force. During the invasion 2nd MEB fought the Battle of Nasiriyah. It became Task Force Leatherneck, commanded by BGen Lawrence Nicholson during the 2009–10 deployment to Afghanistan for NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). In 2010, TF Leatherneck spearheaded the Battle of Marjah, the largest battle since the start of the Afghan Campaign.

TF Leatherneck logo

See also


  1. ^ Thomas D. Dinackus, Order of Battle: Allied Ground Forces of Operation Desert Storm, Hellgate Press, Central Point, Oregon, 2000, Chart 22-3, ISBN 1-55571-493-5.

External links

  • 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade's official website
  • 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade at GlobalSecurity.org
  • DVIDS website for the Special Purpose MAGTF - Afghanistan
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