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Deployments in the Persian Gulf

A wounded Marine is carried on to a CH-46E from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 in Taqaddum, Iraq, on March 29, 2005. The HMM-364 "Purple Foxes" are currently flying casualty evacuation missions in support of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) CASEVAC team.  
2nd Marine Expeditionary Force

Home camp: Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Deployed to: Western Iraq. Units began deploying in late 2004 and early 2005.

Units: For Operation Iraqi Freedom II, the 2nd MEF is built around a division-sized Marine Air-Ground Task Force that includes units from the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing and 2nd Marine Logistics Brigade.

2nd Marine Division: Units of the 2nd Marine Division currently deployed to Iraq are: The 2nd 6th and 8th Marine Regiments; 10th Marine Regiment as the division's artillery force; 2nd Tank Battalion; 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion; 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion; Headquarters Battalion; 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion; and 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.

2nd Marine Aircraft Wing: The core of the forward deployed 2nd MAW is Marine Aircraft Group 26 reinforced by units and individual augments from U.S. Marine units across the nation, and rounded out by Marine Wing Support Group 27, Marine Air Control Group 28 and Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2. The wing is based at Al Asad, Iraq.

2nd Marine Logistics Brigade (Forward): The brigade assumed operational control of Marine Corps logistics forces in Iraq from 1st Force Service Support Group on March 14, 2005. The brigade includes the following units: Combat Logistics Regiment 25; Combat Logistics Battalion 2; Combat Logistics Battalion 8; 8th Engineer Support Battalion and Headquarters and Service Battalion. The 2nd MLB provide general logistics support to all Marine forces in the II MEF area of responsibility. The brigade is supported by the 2nd Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, a reserve Army provisional infantry battalion.

2nd MEF Command Element: This includes from 8th Communication Battalions; 2nd Radio Battalion; the 1st and 3rd Force Reconnaissance Companies; and the 2nd Air and Naval Gunfire Liaison Company.

5th Civil Affairs Group: The 5th CAG relieved the 4th CAG and will operate in Al Anbar Province on current civil affairs projects.

Duties: The 2nd MEF relieved the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Operation Iraqi Freedom III, officially taking over control of Multi-National Force-West, which oversees Najaf, northern Babil, Karbala and Al Anbar provinces in western Iraq on March 27, 2005.

U.S. Marine forces deploy as an integrated Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) grouped into four core elements: a command element, an aviation combat element, a ground combat element, and a combat service support element. The basic structure of the MAGTF never varies, though the number, size, and type of task force is always mission dependent.

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