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15th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Camp Pendleton, CA
Mission
The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Provides a forward deployed, flexible sea-based Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) capable of conducting Amphibious Operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations, to include enabling the introduction of follow-on forces, and, designated special operations, in order to support the theater requirements of Geographic Combatant Commanders (GCC).

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Marines conduct rappel assault training Marines conduct rappel assault training

By Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos | September 02, 2014

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment rappelled off cliffs during rappel assault training as part of Mountain Exercise 2014 aboard Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Aug. 29, 2014. Marines with 3/1 will become the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element in October. Mountain Exercise 2014 MORE
Marines learn survival skills in mountainous terrain Marines learn survival skills in mountainous terrain

By Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos | September 02, 2014

Knowing how to navigate in the wilderness is no easy task, especially if lost or stranded. Staying alive becomes a struggle when battling fatigue and elements of nature. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment will become the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element in October. Mountain Exercise 2014 develops critical skills MORE
Thundering Third uses rope bridges to overcome mountainous terrain Thundering Third uses rope bridges to overcome mountainous terrain

By Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos | August 28, 2014

As America’s crisis response force, Marines must be ready to engage hostile threats in any environment.  Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment will become the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element in October. Mountain Exercise 2014 develops critical skills the battalion will need during deployment.  Specifically, the MORE
Warrior Wednesday: Marine from Bakersfield, California Warrior Wednesday: Marine from Bakersfield, California

By Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos | August 28, 2014

Corporal Freddy Cantu can spend hours at the gym pushing his body to its physical limits. For Cantu, keeping his body in peak physical condition is a priority and is what drives him to be bigger, faster, and stronger than any Marine in his unit.  In addition to being as strong as an ox, Cantu brings the same passion he has for physical fitness to MORE
Leadership 101: Sailor from Los Angeles Leadership 101: Sailor from Los Angeles

By Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos | August 26, 2014

The Marine expeditionary unit represents everything the Marine Corps offers.  The Marines that comprise the MEU are the first responders to crises around the world. Its success is carried out by young Marines dedicated to maintaining a force in readiness. However, this would not be possible without exceptional senior leadership at the MEU. Chief MORE
CLB-15 departs for Mountain Exercise CLB-15 departs for Mountain Exercise

By Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos | August 21, 2014

The first group of Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, departed Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton as part of Mountain Exercise training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif., on Aug. 19, 2014.  This is the final exercise the units that comprise the Ground Combat Element MORE
15th MEU completes PANAMAX 2014 15th MEU completes PANAMAX 2014

By Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos | August 21, 2014

Every day U.S. forces train with partner nations to combat global threats. The relationships built through these exercises allow the Marine Corps and its allies to function as a global force in readiness. Recently, Marines and sailors with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit completed PANAMAX 2014, a seven-day multi-national exercise, which began MORE
Leadership 101: Marine from San Antonio Leadership 101: Marine from San Antonio

By Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos | August 08, 2014

The Marine expeditionary unit represents everything the Marine Corps offers.  The Marines that comprise the MEU are the first responders to crises around the world. Its success is carried out by young Marines dedicated to maintaining a force in readiness. However, this would not be possible without exceptional senior leadership at the MEU.  Gunnery MORE
Warrior Wednesday: Marine from Wilmington, Delaware Warrior Wednesday: Marine from Wilmington, Delaware

By Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos | July 30, 2014

Sergeant Benjamin Eric-King Smith has been playing billiards since he was eight years old. He approaches the game as if it were chess, calculating his shots to set up the next one leading to a victory.  Smith takes the same approach to his job as a transportation coordinator for the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. In this interview, the 24 year old MORE
Leadership 101: Marine from Dallas Leadership 101: Marine from Dallas

By Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos | July 25, 2014

The Marine expeditionary unit represents everything the Marine Corps offers.  The Marines that comprise the MEU are the first responders to crises around the world. Its success is carried out by young Marines dedicated to maintaining a force in readiness. However, this would not be possible without exceptional senior leadership at the MEU.  Gunnery MORE
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 NBC coverage of 15th MEU return 
May 13, 2013
Courtesy of KNSD-SD (NBC)

The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit returns, but it isn't your typical homecoming.

 

ABC coverage of 15th MEU return
May 13, 2013
Courtesy of KGTV-SD (ABC)

The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit is home after an 8 month deployment
in the Western Pacific. 2000 marines and sailors were reunited with loved
ones today.  The Marine helicopter squadron made quite an entrance here
at Air Station Camp Pendleton.

 

May 13, 2013
Courtesy of XETV-SD (CW)

2,000 Marines and Sailors are back home with their families tonight.  
The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit landed at Miramar this afternoon.
Their deployment included stops in Thailand, Bali, Australia, Jordan,
and Hong Kong.  They conducted exercises for regional security and crisis
response.
    May 13, 2013
Courtesy of KSWB-SD (FOX)

The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit is home after an 8 month
deployment in the Western Pacific.  2000 marines and sailors were
reunited with loved ones today.


  CBS coverage of 15th MEU return
May 13, 2013
Courtesy of KFMB-SD (CBS)

A happy homecoming at Camp Pendleton for members of the
15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. They're returning home from an
eight-month deployment in the Western Pacific and Middle East.
Their tour included stops in Australia and Hong Kong. They
will arrive at Naval Base San Diego tomorrow.







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