30 Sep '14, 9pm

5th Marine Regiment will lead new crisis response unit in Middle East

5th Marine Regiment will lead new crisis response unit in Middle East

The Marines’ new crisis response unit in U.S. Central Command will reach initial operating capability tomorrow with Camp Pendleton’s 5th Marine Regiment as its headquarters element, military officials said today. Most of the 2,300 Marines who will make up Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command have already arrived in the Middle East, said Lt. Col. Joseph Kloppel, a spokesman for Marine Corps Forces Central Command. Kloppel said the first deployment rotation for the task force included the following units: ■ Command element, 5th Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton, Calif. ■ 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, Twentynine Palms, Calif. ■ Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 363, Miramar, Calif. ■ Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 234, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas Aircraft attached to the unit will include, among others, ...

Full article: http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/article/20140930/NEWS08/3...

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