11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

'Pride of the Pacific'

Camp Pendleton, CA
A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldier rappels down a tower during helicopter rope suspension training, during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016. Rappelling is a controlled descent from a great height using a harness and ropes as a pulley system. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal/Released)
Exercise Iron Fist 2016: HRST
A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldier rappels down a tower during helicopter rope suspension training, during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 1, 2016. Rappelling is a controlled descent from a great height using a harness and ropes as a pulley system. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal/Released)
A Marine with 1st Reconnaissance Bn., 1st Marine Division, explains the importance of concealment when creating a ghillie suit to soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 28, 2016.  Concealment minimizes the possibility of detection and/or identification of troops, materiel, equipment, and position. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal/Released)
Exercise Iron Fist 2016: Field Craft January 28
A Marine with 1st Reconnaissance Bn., 1st Marine Division, explains the importance of concealment when creating a ghillie suit to soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 28, 2016. Concealment minimizes the possibility of detection and/or identification of troops, materiel, equipment, and position. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal/Released)
Sgt. Christopher Benson, a reconnaissance man with 1st Reconnaissance Bn., 1st Marine Division, explains the functions of the defense advanced GPS receiver (DAGR) to Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldiers during vector binocular training for Exercise Iron Fist 2016 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 27. Vector binoculars are used to gather distance and direction via laser application and provide long distance observation capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal/Released)
Exercise Iron Fist 2016: Reconnaissance Field Craft
Sgt. Christopher Benson, a reconnaissance man with 1st Reconnaissance Bn., 1st Marine Division, explains the functions of the defense advanced GPS receiver (DAGR) to Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldiers during vector binocular training for Exercise Iron Fist 2016 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 27. Vector binoculars are used to gather distance and direction via laser application and provide long distance observation capabilities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal/Released)
U.S. Navy Corpsman HM2 Travis Gregoire talks with a Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) medic about Japan during a lunch break at the unknown distance live-fire event during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 27.  Exercise Iron Fist not only helps improve the two militaries' bilateral capabilities, it also provides the Marines and soldiers the opportunity to forge personal bonds and appreciations for each other’s cultures. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon Maldonado/ Released)
Exercise Iron Fist: Unknown Distance Live-Fire
U.S. Navy Corpsman HM2 Travis Gregoire talks with a Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) medic about Japan during a lunch break at the unknown distance live-fire event during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 27. Exercise Iron Fist not only helps improve the two militaries' bilateral capabilities, it also provides the Marines and soldiers the opportunity to forge personal bonds and appreciations for each other’s cultures. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brandon Maldonado/ Released)
Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) Sgt. Yoichi Nasu sights-in with the special application scope rifle during a static display for Exercise Iron Fist 2016 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 27. The static display was set up to show the capabilities of varying optics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal/Released)
Exercise Iron Fist 2016: Reconnaissance Field Craft
Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) Sgt. Yoichi Nasu sights-in with the special application scope rifle during a static display for Exercise Iron Fist 2016 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 27. The static display was set up to show the capabilities of varying optics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal/Released)
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) 2nd Lieutenant Issei Shima dons the MK-25 underwater breathing apparatus (UBA) during training aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 26, 2016. The training is a part of Exercise Iron Fist 2016, an annual bilateral training exercise between the USMC and JGSDF designed to improve planning, communication, and conducting of amphibious operations between the two militaries. The MK-25 UBA is employed for clandestine reconnaissance missions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal/Released)
Exercise Iron Fist 2016 Dive Study
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) 2nd Lieutenant Issei Shima dons the MK-25 underwater breathing apparatus (UBA) during training aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 26, 2016. The training is a part of Exercise Iron Fist 2016, an annual bilateral training exercise between the USMC and JGSDF designed to improve planning, communication, and conducting of amphibious operations between the two militaries. The MK-25 UBA is employed for clandestine reconnaissance missions. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal/Released)
Maj. Tomotake Nagamura (left), company commander with Western Army Infantry Regiment, shakes the hand of Lt. Col. Eric J. Dougherty, commanding officer of 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment at Range 223B, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 25, 2016. Marines with Dougherty’s battalion facilitated the use of the range, both allowing the soldiers of Nagamura’s unit to practice their skills in an unfamiliar training environment as well as share tactics and skills with their U.S. counterparts.
Exercise Iron Fist 2016: Bilateral Attack at Range 223B
Maj. Tomotake Nagamura (left), company commander with Western Army Infantry Regiment, shakes the hand of Lt. Col. Eric J. Dougherty, commanding officer of 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment at Range 223B, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 25, 2016. Marines with Dougherty’s battalion facilitated the use of the range, both allowing the soldiers of Nagamura’s unit to practice their skills in an unfamiliar training environment as well as share tactics and skills with their U.S. counterparts.
A soldier with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Western Army Infantry Regiment looks out from the driver’s seat of an amphibious assault vehicle onto a simulated battlefield during training during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 26. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral amphibious training exercise designed to improve U.S. Marine Corps and JGSDF’s ability to plan, communicate and conduct combined amphibious operations. The exercise provides valuable training to warriors from different cultures, and the opportunity to build camaraderie between the U.S. and Japanese militaries.
Iron Fist 2016: Amphibious Assault Vehicle Gunner Simulator
A soldier with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Western Army Infantry Regiment looks out from the driver’s seat of an amphibious assault vehicle onto a simulated battlefield during training during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 26. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral amphibious training exercise designed to improve U.S. Marine Corps and JGSDF’s ability to plan, communicate and conduct combined amphibious operations. The exercise provides valuable training to warriors from different cultures, and the opportunity to build camaraderie between the U.S. and Japanese militaries.
U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers gather to discuss daily events during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 25, 2016. This meeting takes place every morning in order to ensure that both militaries understand the day's sequence of operations.
Exercise Iron Fist Synchronization Meeting
U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers gather to discuss daily events during Exercise Iron Fist 2016 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 25, 2016. This meeting takes place every morning in order to ensure that both militaries understand the day's sequence of operations.
United States Marines and Japan Ground Self Defense Force soldiers stand side-by-side in formation during the opening ceremony commemorating the beginning of Exercise Iron Fist 2016 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 22, 2016. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral amphibious training exercise, held in Southern California, between the USMC and the JGSDF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Garrett White/ Released)
Exercise Iron Fist Opening Ceremony
United States Marines and Japan Ground Self Defense Force soldiers stand side-by-side in formation during the opening ceremony commemorating the beginning of Exercise Iron Fist 2016 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 22, 2016. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral amphibious training exercise, held in Southern California, between the USMC and the JGSDF. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Garrett White/ Released)
Harry H. Horinouchi (left), the Consul-General of Japan, Los Angeles, speaks with Japan Ground Self Defense Force Col. Yoshiyuki Goto, Western Army Infantry Regimental Commander, following the opening ceremony of Exercise Iron Fist 2016 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 22, 2016. Exercise Iron Fist is an annual, U.S. Pacific Command, Commander Marine Forces Pacific directed, I Marine Expeditionary Force executed, bilateral amphibious training exercise, held in Southern California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Garrett White/ Released)
The Honorable Harry H. Horinouchi and Col. Yoshiyuki Gato
Harry H. Horinouchi (left), the Consul-General of Japan, Los Angeles, speaks with Japan Ground Self Defense Force Col. Yoshiyuki Goto, Western Army Infantry Regimental Commander, following the opening ceremony of Exercise Iron Fist 2016 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 22, 2016. Exercise Iron Fist is an annual, U.S. Pacific Command, Commander Marine Forces Pacific directed, I Marine Expeditionary Force executed, bilateral amphibious training exercise, held in Southern California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Garrett White/ Released)
The Commanding Officer of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU), Col. Clay Tipton, speaks to Marines and their families about what the 11th MEU is and what its training workup cycle will look like for the upcoming Western Pacific Deployment 16-2. During the party, the Marines and families of the 11th MEU took the opportunity to break-bread and build camaraderie before taking leave for the holidays.
11th MEU Holiday Party
The Commanding Officer of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU), Col. Clay Tipton, speaks to Marines and their families about what the 11th MEU is and what its training workup cycle will look like for the upcoming Western Pacific Deployment 16-2. During the party, the Marines and families of the 11th MEU took the opportunity to break-bread and build camaraderie before taking leave for the holidays.
U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) soldiers pause for a group photo at the end of their final planning conference for Exercise Iron Fist 2016. Exercise Iron Fist is an annual bilateral amphibious training exercise between the USMC and JGSDF designed to enhance our ability to plan, communicate and conduct amphibious operations. The 11th MEU and JGSDF will conduct the exercise from late January to early March 2016.
Japan Ground Self Defense Force soldiers and U.S. Marines
U.S. Marines and Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) soldiers pause for a group photo at the end of their final planning conference for Exercise Iron Fist 2016. Exercise Iron Fist is an annual bilateral amphibious training exercise between the USMC and JGSDF designed to enhance our ability to plan, communicate and conduct amphibious operations. The 11th MEU and JGSDF will conduct the exercise from late January to early March 2016.
U.S. Marines with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) carry M240B machine guns and M249 light machine guns from a firing range after crew served weapons training at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015. Crew served weapons training develops Marines efficiency with the M240B machine gun and M249 light machine gun and reinforces combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal)
11th MEU: Crew Served Weapons Training
U.S. Marines with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) carry M240B machine guns and M249 light machine guns from a firing range after crew served weapons training at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015. Crew served weapons training develops Marines efficiency with the M240B machine gun and M249 light machine gun and reinforces combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal)
Australian Army Maj. Jonathan Wick, the future operations officer with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), adjusts his rifle combat optic to align the battle sight zero as part of combat marksmanship training during the 11th MEU Command Element field exercise (CEFEX) at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Combat marksmanship training teaches Marines weapon familiarity and marksmanship enhancement, as well as maintaining developed skills in preparation for the WestPac 16-2 deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal)
11th MEU CEFEX - Combat Marksmanship Training
Australian Army Maj. Jonathan Wick, the future operations officer with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), adjusts his rifle combat optic to align the battle sight zero as part of combat marksmanship training during the 11th MEU Command Element field exercise (CEFEX) at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Combat marksmanship training teaches Marines weapon familiarity and marksmanship enhancement, as well as maintaining developed skills in preparation for the WestPac 16-2 deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal)
Sgt. Jose Mendoza, a systems administrator with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU), sights in with the M249 light machine gun during crew served weapons training at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Crew served weapons training develops Marines efficiency with the M240B machine gun and M249 light machine gun, and reinforces combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal)
11th MEU: Crew Served Weapons Training
Sgt. Jose Mendoza, a systems administrator with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU), sights in with the M249 light machine gun during crew served weapons training at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Crew served weapons training develops Marines efficiency with the M240B machine gun and M249 light machine gun, and reinforces combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal)
A U.S. Marine with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) fires an M4 Carbine as part of combat marksmanship training during the 11th MEU Command Element field exercise (CEFEX) at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Combat marksmanship training teaches Marines weapon familiarity and marksmanship enhancement, as well as maintaining developed skills in preparation for the WestPac 16-2 deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal)
11th MEU CEFEX - Combat Marksmanship Training
A U.S. Marine with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) fires an M4 Carbine as part of combat marksmanship training during the 11th MEU Command Element field exercise (CEFEX) at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Combat marksmanship training teaches Marines weapon familiarity and marksmanship enhancement, as well as maintaining developed skills in preparation for the WestPac 16-2 deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal)
Mission
The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit is a forward-deployed, flexible sea-based Marine air-ground task force 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.
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11th MEU Company Duty Office:

760-815-3619

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760-763-3832 (office)
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11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
P.O. Box 555361
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055-5361

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