The commanders of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, CAPT Shawn Lobree and Col Scott Campbell, briefed at the Potomac Institute on the mission and capability of the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) and its critical value to national security.
The commanders led the Navy-Marine Corps team, composed of the 15th MEU and Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 3, as it transited more than 43,000 nautical miles, conducting several theater security cooperation exercises with partners in the Western Pacific and Middle East. These exercises were discussed during the 60-minute briefing, in addition to other mission essential tasks and capabilities carried out during the 8-month deployment.
This deployment marked the final one for the CH-46, a 50-year-old helicopter that has been around the world in multiple operations and exercises. Four major exercises during this deployment included CROCODILLO with East Timor, Eager Mace 12 with Kuwait, Iron Magic 12 with United Arab Emirates, and Red Reef 15 with Saudi Arabia.
Col Campbell and CAPT Lobree also discussed the future of forward deployed naval forces, the ARG-MEU's current strengths and weaknesses, and a growing command relationship with Special Operations Forces (SOF). A Q&A with audience members followed the brief. Gen. Al Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps and Chairman of the Institute's Board of Regents, provided closing comments.