2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (United States)

2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (United States)

The 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade is a unit in the II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) and "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 extraordinary Command and Control, overwhelming combat power and unmatched operational reach. These capabilities afford the Brigade Commander the ability to sustain his force of 20,000 Marines, influence an area the size of West Virginia, and support a city of 30,000 - 50,000 without dependence on host nation support or regional infrastructure. The Brigade became Task Force Tarawa, commanded by Brigadier General Richard F. Natonski, in 2003, and was part of the invasion of Iraq under the 1st Marine Division.

ee also

* Marine Expeditionary Unit
* Marine Expeditionary Brigade
* Marine Expeditionary Force


* [http://www.lejeune.usmc.mil/meb/ 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade] - Official Website
* [http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/usmc/2meb.htm 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade] at [http://www.globalsecurity.org GlobalSecurity.org]

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