26th meu post deployment brief
by Second Line of Defense on Sep 04, 2011
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In July 2011, Second Line of Defense sat down with Col. Mark Desens to discuss the recent deployment of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Earlier we had discussed, with Col. “Ozzie” Osborn, the ...
In July 2011, Second Line of Defense sat down with Col. Mark Desens to discuss the recent deployment of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Earlier we had discussed, with Col. “Ozzie” Osborn, the 15th MEU, the evolution of the ARG as a very flexible combat structure and set of assets.
Col. Desens led 26th MEU through two deployments; the first in Sept. 2008 – April 2009 and most recently Aug. 2010 – May 2011. His deployments included exercises throughout the Central and Africa Commands, and operations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Libya.
Indeed, one might refer to the Agile Response Group rather than to the Amphibious Ready Group. We crafted a slideshow, which shows the flexibility of the ARG during a deployment. The 26th MEU is shown during its multi-month deployment, which included Operation Odyssey Dawn.
We noted: “it is clear that the range of operations capable of being executed concurrently is not widely grasped in the strategic community.”
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