15th Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

15th Marine Expeditionary Unit

America's Vanguard Force

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).
 

U.S. Marines with All-Domain Reconnaissance Detachment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fast-rope from a U.S. Navy MH-60S Seahawk helicopter with Helicopter Sea Combat (HSC) Squadron 23 during a visit, board, search and seizure drill at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, California, May 21, 2020. The ADR Detachment conducted visit, board, search and seizure drills as the culminating event of a two-week Maritime Interoperability Course, designed to enhance participants’ techniques for boarding and taking over vessels in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Desiree King)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David Robinson, center, a coxswain with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, rests before conducting a surf passage during a coxswain’s course in Coronado, California, May 21, 2020. Coxswain’s course teaches Marines how to safely, and expediently, move small watercraft through shallow waters, onto beaches and back into the ocean. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin)
U.S. Marines with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct a surf passage during a coxswain’s course in Coronado, California, May 21, 2020. Coxswain’s course teaches Marines how to safely, and expediently, move small watercraft through shallow waters, onto beaches and back into the ocean. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin)
U.S. Marines with All-Domain Reconnaissance Detachment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to embark on rigid-hull inflatable boats at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, California, May 21, 2020. The ADR Detachment conducted visit, board, search and seizure drills as the culminating event of a two-week Maritime Interoperability Course, designed to enhance participants’ techniques for boarding and taking over vessels in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Desiree King)
U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conceal themselves in the brush during a helicopter raid course on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 19, 2020. Marines focused on tactics, techniques and procedures applicable to raid operations in order to enhance their combat readiness for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Britany Rowlett)
U.S. Sailors and a U.S. Marine with Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, walk to a landing zone during a helicopter raid course on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 20, 2020. Marines focused on tactics, techniques and procedures applicable to raid operations in order to enhance their combat readiness for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Britany Rowlett)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. John Kilfoy, a transmissions system operator with India Battery, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, executes a strike with a baton during a non-lethal weapons course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 19, 2020. Marines were sprayed with oleoresin capsaicin in preparation for possible riot control situations while being forward deployed. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Stegall)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Logan Ortega, a fire support Marine with India Battery, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, cleans oleoresin capsaicin off his face during a non-lethal weapons course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 19, 2020. Marines were sprayed with OC in preparation for possible riot control situations while being forward deployed. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Stegall)
A U.S. Marine with Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4,15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, listens to a radio call during a helicopter raid course Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 12-13, 2020. The training was conducted to enhance participants’ tactics, techniques and procedures applicable to air raid operations for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Stegall)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Elijah Gomez, a rifleman with Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, performs a stopping procedure during fast-rope training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 14, 2020. Fast-rope training enables the BLT to conduct hasty insertions directly onto their objective, improving their ability to conduct various missions, such as conducting expeditionary strikes, raids or embassy reinforcement. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Zack Smith, a team leader with Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares a rope for the next Marine during fast-rope training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 14, 2020. Fast-rope training enables the BLT to conduct hasty insertions directly onto their objective, improving their ability to conduct various missions, such as conducting expeditionary strikes, raids or embassy reinforcement. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin)
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4 and 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, depart an MV-22B Osprey during a helicopter raid course on Marine Corps Camp Pendleton, California, May 12-13, 2020. The training was conducted to enhance participants’ tactics, techniques and procedures applicable to air raid operations for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Stegall)
U.S. Marines with All-Domain Reconnaissance Detachment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to board a CH-53E Super Stallion during a helicopter raid at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 6, 2020. ADR Det. enables the 15th MEU’s ability to maneuver freely through designated areas of operations by conducting episodic, specialized and limited-scale raids. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin)
U.S. Marines with All-Domain Reconnaissance Detachment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provide security during a helicopter raid at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 6, 2020. ADR Det. enables the 15th MEU’s ability to maneuver freely through designated areas of operations by conducting episodic, specialized and limited-scale raids. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin)
U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 15, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, wait for a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466, 15th MEU, to move into position during helicopter support team training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 8, 2020. HSTs enable combined logistics operations and are able to conduct contingency operations, such as tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel missions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Tyrell Bluto, a military working dog handler, and military working dog Nero, both with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fast-rope out of a UH-1Y Venom during a Ground Interoperability Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 28, 2020. The course is an early step in training Marines from various specialties such as Law Enforcement, Air Naval Gunfire Liaison and Explosive Ordnance Disposal to work with the All-Domain Reconnaissance Detachment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Stegall)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Saede Mahabub, a squad leader with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares to fast-rope from a rappel tower during a Ground Interoperability Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 28, 2020. The course is an early step in training Marines from various specialties such as Law Enforcement, Air Naval Gunfire Liaison and Explosive Ordnance Disposal to work with the All-Domain Reconnaissance Detachment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Stegall)
U.S. Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 15, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, maintain control of ropes during helicopter support team training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 8, 2020. HSTs enable combined logistics operations and are able to conduct contingency operations, such as tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel missions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin)
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire their service rifles during a Raid Leaders Course combat marksmanship range at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 22, 2020. Marines focused on raid tactics, techniques and procedures applicable to raid operations in order to enhance their combat readiness while also maintaining COVID-19 mitigation measures. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Logan Voight, a squad leader with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, poses for a portrait during a Raid Leaders Course combat marksmanship range at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 22, 2020. Marines focused on raid tactics, techniques and procedures applicable to raid operations in order to enhance their combat readiness while also maintaining COVID-19 mitigation measures. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Steven Weightman, a section leader with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, participates in a Raid Leaders Course combat marksmanship range at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 22, 2020. Marines focused on raid tactics, techniques and procedures applicable to raid operations in order to enhance their combat readiness while also maintaining COVID-19 mitigation measures. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin)
U.S. Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 352 load a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System into a KC-130J Hercules during Exercise Iron Fist 2020 on Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 8. Exercise Iron Fist provides realistic, relevant training necessary for effective combined military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Britany Rowlett)
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Robert Carretero, a section leader with 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, clears an assault amphibious vehicle to enter the water during Exercise Iron Fist 2020 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 23. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral training exercise between U.S. and Japanese forces that builds their combined ability to conduct amphibious and land-based contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Thomas Spencer)
A U.S. Marine with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers with Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade, tape a water charge explosive for urban breaching training during Exercise Iron Fist 2020 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 28. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral training exercise between U.S. and Japanese forces train together and share techniques, tactics and procedures to improve their combined operation capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Luckey)
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force SFC Genki Yatsuyanagi with Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade, climbs a rock formation during an assault climbers training as part of Exercise Iron Fist 2020 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 28. Iron Fist provides realistic, relevant training necessary for effective combined military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anabel Abreu Rodriguez)
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers with Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade and U.S. Marines with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion pull a combat rubber raiding craft to shore during Exercise Iron Fist 2020 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 21. Iron Fist enhances opportunities for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Marine Corps to share expertise in the use of amphibious vehicles, combined arms and amphibious doctrine. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Britany Rowlett)
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers with Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade post security during a night reconnaissance mission as part of Exercise Iron Fist 2020 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 21. Iron Fist enhances opportunities for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Marine Corps to share expertise in the use of amphibious vehicles, combined arms and amphibious doctrine. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Britany Rowlett)
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Marcos Vidal, right, a team leader with Force Reconnaissance Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion leads U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers with Reconnaissance Company, Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade in a helocast jump during Exercise Iron Fist 2020 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 22. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral training exercise between U.S. and Japanese forces that builds their combined ability to conduct amphibious and land-based contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Patrick Crosley)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Salomon Segura, an assault amphibious vehicle section leader with 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, drives an AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicle into the water during Exercise Iron Fist 2020 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 19. Exercise Iron Fist provides realistic, relevant training necessary for effective combined military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Britany Rowlett)
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew Cannon, a company commander with 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, discusses fast-rope training plans with Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers with Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade during Exercise Iron Fist 2020 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 22. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral training exercise between U.S. and Japanese forces that builds their combined ability to conduct amphibious and land-based contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Thomas Spencer)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Alexander Pritchard, a crew chief with 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, prepares an AAV-P7/A1 assault amphibious vehicle for section-level beach landing training during Exercise Iron Fist 2020 on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 20. Exercises like Iron Fist enhance the Marine Corps ability to quickly deploy sea-based assets and provide military forces anywhere in the world. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Desiree King)
U.S. Marine Corps Col. Jay M. Holtermann, right, the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit outgoing commanding officer, passes the colors to Col. Christopher J. Bronzi, incoming commanding officer, during a change of command ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Nov. 13, 2019. A change of command is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority from one commanding officer to another. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Mackenzie Binion)
U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 utilize an UH-1Y Venom aircraft to transport infantry Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division throughout the training area during Assault Support Tactics 4, as part of Weapons and Tactics Instructors Course 1-19 at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Oct. 9, 2018. WTI, a seven week training event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, emphasizes operational integration of the six functions of Marine Corps aviation in support of a Marine air-ground task force. This year, Marines and Sailors with the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command 19.1 served as the command element for WTI. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Mackenzie Binion)
U.S. Marines with Weapons and Tactics Instructors Course 1-19, use MV-22B Ospreys for combat assault transport of Marines and equipment during Assault Support Tactics 4, at Strategic Expeditionary Landing Field, Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Oct. 9, 2018. WTI, a seven week training event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, emphasizes operational integration of the six functions of Marine Corps aviation in support of a Marine air-ground task force. This year, Marines and Sailors with the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command 19.1 served as the command element for WTI. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Zachary Catron)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jacob Wright, motor vehicle operator assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command 19.1, shows blisters sustained from utilizing an entrenching tool (E-tool) to dig trenches for burying wire during Talon Exercise 1-19 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, Sept. 30, 2018. TALONEX is a pre-deployment training event that integrates elements of the SPMAGTF and tests their capabilities when faced with simulated scenarios. Marines took precautions such as digging trenches and filling sandbags in preparation of inclement weather that was sustained during the exercise.
U.S. Marines with 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, practice launching rockets from a high mobility artillery rockets system in a specified training area as part of Assault Support Tactics 2 during the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 1-19 at Landing Zone Star Assault, Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, Calif., Oct. 3, 2018. WTI is a seven-week training event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, which emphasizes operational integration of the six functions of Marine Corps aviation in support of a Marine air-ground task force. The course also provides standardized advance tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine aviation training and readiness, and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jeremy Laboy)
1st Lt. Patrick Nugent, a platoon commander with Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, directs his Marines into their positions during an assault on the airfield at the Ie Shima Training Facility, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 12, 2016. Marines and sailors with the 31st MEU flew from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) to Ie Shima for a vertical assault as part of amphibious integration training with the Navy ships of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group. The 31st MEU is currently deployed to the Asia-Pacific region. Nugent is a Cleveland native. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Zachary Dyer/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Sept. 29, 2017) – Marines and Sailors with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and America Amphibious Ready Group practice Combat Life-Saving skills aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). The Course implemented the use of an IV and the proper protocol when used to save a fellow brother or sister in arms. The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit is embarked on the America ARG and is deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Dusty Kilcrease)
U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Logistics Combat Element conduct physical training as part of their combat conditioning portion during a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program brown belt course held aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) in the 5th Fleet area of operations Sept. 29, 2017. The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit was embarked on the America Amphibious Ready Group and is deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. F. Cordoba)
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U.S. Marines with India Battery, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, get sprayed with oleoresin capsaicin spray during a non-lethal weapons course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, May 19, 2020. Marines were sprayed with OC in preparation for possible riot control situations while forward deployed. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin)
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