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11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

'Pride of the Pacific'

Camp Pendleton, CA
11th MEU Marines take heat during crisis response training

By Sgt. Melissa Wenger | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit | February 21, 2014

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Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, employ nonlethal crowd control techniques during the Crisis Response Course, Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, here Feb.19. The course simulated the reinforcement of a consulate in the Pacific region, a potential mission during the 11th MEU’s deployment later this summer.

Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, employ nonlethal crowd control techniques during the Crisis Response Course, Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, here Feb.19. The course simulated the reinforcement of a consulate in the Pacific region, a potential mission during the 11th MEU’s deployment later this summer. (Photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger)


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Lance Cpl. Gerardo Vergara, a rifleman with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, and a Dallas native, converses with role players acting as local nationals during the Crisis Response Course, Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, here Feb.19. Vergara removed his eye protection and spoke through an interpreter, designated role players who wore desert camouflage utilities throughout the exercise. The course simulated the reinforcement of a consulate in the Pacific region, a potential mission during the 11th MEU’s deployment later this summer.

Lance Cpl. Gerardo Vergara, a rifleman with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, and a Dallas native, converses with role players acting as local nationals during the Crisis Response Course, Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, here Feb.19. Vergara removed his eye protection and spoke through an interpreter, designated role players who wore desert camouflage utilities throughout the exercise. The course simulated the reinforcement of a consulate in the Pacific region, a potential mission during the 11th MEU’s deployment later this summer. (Photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger)


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Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, employ nonlethal crowd control techniques on role players acting as protesting local nationals during the Crisis Response Course, Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, here Feb.19. The course simulated the reinforcement of a consulate in the Pacific region, a potential mission during the 11th MEU’s deployment later this summer.

Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, employ nonlethal crowd control techniques on role players acting as protesting local nationals during the Crisis Response Course, Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, here Feb.19. The course simulated the reinforcement of a consulate in the Pacific region, a potential mission during the 11th MEU’s deployment later this summer. (Photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger)


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Lance Cpl. Nick Jacoves, a rifleman with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, and a Long Island Beach, N.J. native, observes the surrounding area during the Crisis Response Course, Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, here Feb.19. The course simulated the reinforcement of a consulate in the Pacific region, a potential mission during the 11th MEU’s deployment later this summer.

Lance Cpl. Nick Jacoves, a rifleman with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, and a Long Island Beach, N.J. native, observes the surrounding area during the Crisis Response Course, Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, here Feb.19. The course simulated the reinforcement of a consulate in the Pacific region, a potential mission during the 11th MEU’s deployment later this summer. (Photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger)


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Cpl. Nick Rotherham, a team leader with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, and a Merna, Neb. native, converses with role players acting as local nationals during the Crisis Response Course, Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, here Feb.18. Rotherham removed his eye protection and spoke through an interpreter, designated role players who wore desert camouflage utilities throughout the exercise. The course simulated the reinforcement of a consulate in the Pacific region, a potential mission during the 11th MEU’s deployment later this summer.

Cpl. Nick Rotherham, a team leader with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, and a Merna, Neb. native, converses with role players acting as local nationals during the Crisis Response Course, Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, here Feb.18. Rotherham removed his eye protection and spoke through an interpreter, designated role players who wore desert camouflage utilities throughout the exercise. The course simulated the reinforcement of a consulate in the Pacific region, a potential mission during the 11th MEU’s deployment later this summer. (Photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger)


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Lance Cpl. Sean Wannen, an infantry assaultman with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, and a Becida, Minn. native, secures the perimeter of a mock consulate during the Crisis Response Course, Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, here Feb.18. The course simulated the reinforcement of a consulate in the Pacific region, a potential mission during the 11th MEU’s deployment later this summer.

Lance Cpl. Sean Wannen, an infantry assaultman with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, and a Becida, Minn. native, secures the perimeter of a mock consulate during the Crisis Response Course, Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, here Feb.18. The course simulated the reinforcement of a consulate in the Pacific region, a potential mission during the 11th MEU’s deployment later this summer. (Photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger)


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Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, install concertina wire to improve area security during the Crisis Response Course, Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, here Feb.18. The course simulated the reinforcement of a consulate in the Pacific region, a potential mission during the 11th MEU’s deployment later this summer.

Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, install concertina wire to improve area security during the Crisis Response Course, Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, here Feb.18. The course simulated the reinforcement of a consulate in the Pacific region, a potential mission during the 11th MEU’s deployment later this summer. (Photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger)


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Lance Cpl. John Lemar, a scout sniper with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, and a Hartsville, Tenn. native, searches the area for notable activity during the Crisis Response Course, Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, here Feb.19. The course simulated the reinforcement of a consulate in the Pacific region, a potential mission during the 11th MEU’s deployment later this summer.

Lance Cpl. John Lemar, a scout sniper with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, and a Hartsville, Tenn. native, searches the area for notable activity during the Crisis Response Course, Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, here Feb.19. The course simulated the reinforcement of a consulate in the Pacific region, a potential mission during the 11th MEU’s deployment later this summer. (Photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger)


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Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, secure the perimeter of a mock consulate during the Crisis Response Course, Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, here Feb.18. The course simulated the reinforcement of a consulate in the Pacific region, a potential mission during the 11th MEU’s deployment later this summer.

Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, secure the perimeter of a mock consulate during the Crisis Response Course, Special Operations Training Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, here Feb.18. The course simulated the reinforcement of a consulate in the Pacific region, a potential mission during the 11th MEU’s deployment later this summer. (Photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger)


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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Few can say they are prepared to be shoved, shouted at and pummeled with a barrage of objects sailing through the air. Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element are prepared to take just that kind of heat.

The Marines of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment completed the Crisis Response Course, Special Operations Training Group (SOTG), I Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Feb 17 – 20.

According to Capt. Jason Blydell, assistant officer in charge, SOTG, the introductory course addressed possible security challenges in partner nations of the Pacific region.

“[These Marines] came out here to conduct the first ever Crisis Response Course run by this SOTG and basically, the scenario was to conduct a security reinforcement of a consulate,” he said. “Things got hostile at the consulate. Marines were called in to provide extra security and provide a safe haven for the state department members.”

At the same time, the Marines mitigated outside threats. These included large crowd protests, responding to weapon discharges and casualty handling.

Having a company of Marines well-versed in consulate reinforcement adds flexibility to the 11th MEU arsenal.

“The MEU is our nation’s force in readiness,” said Blydell. “[This is] the MEU’s way of identifying a company that is prepared in multiple different ways to be that crisis response force, be able to provide that quick relief and be able to provide the ability to respond to any situation that pops up.”

The 11th MEU, partnered with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is scheduled to deploy later this summer.
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