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A Marine expeditionary brigade (MEB) is a formation of the United States Marine Corps, a Marine air-ground task force of approximately 14,500 Marines and sailors constructed around a reinforced infantry regiment, a composite Marine aircraft group, a combat logistics regiment and a MEB command group. The MEB, commanded by a general officer (usually a brigadier general), is task-organized to meet the requirements of a specific situation. It can function as part of a joint task force, as the lead echelon of the Marine expeditionary force (MEF), or alone. It varies in size and composition, and is larger than a Marine expeditionary unit (MEU) but smaller than a MEF. The MEB is capable of conducting missions across the full range of military operations.

Notional Marine expeditionary brigade in 2010



Command element (CE)

MEB command group *MEB Staff *Detachment, Communications Battalion *Detachment, Intelligence Battalion *Detachment, Law Enforcement Battalion *Detachment, Radio Battalion *Detachment, Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company *Detachment, Force Reconnaissance Company

Ground combat element (GCE)

Regimental Landing Team (RLT) or Regimental Combat Team (RCT) *Infantry Regiment (w/ 3 Infantry Battalions), Reinforced *48 Amphibious Assault Vehicles, AAV-7A1 and variants (1 Amphibious Assault Vehicle Company (Reinforced)) *27 Light Armored Vehicles, LAV-25A1 and variants (1 Light Armored Reconnaissance Company (Reinforced)) *14 Main Battle Tank, M1A1, Abrams (1 Tank Company (Reinforced)) *2 Armored Recovery Vehicle, M88A2, Hercules (1 Tank Company (Reinforced)) *2 Assault Breacher Vehicle, M1, Shredder (Combat Engineer Company) *24 Howitzer, 155 mm, M777A2 (1 Artillery Battalion w/4 firing batteries of 6 guns each) *24 Mortar, 81mm, M252 (4 tubes per section, 2 sections per platoon, of the Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company, Infantry Battalion × 3) *27 Lightweight Mortar, 60 mm, M224 LWCMS (3 tubes in the Mortar Section of the Weapons Platoon, Rifle company × 3, Infantry Battalion × 3) *24 Anti-Tank Missile Launcher, BGM-71, TOW (8 launchers in the TOW Section of the Anti-Tank (AT) Platoon, Weapons Company, Infantry Battalion × 3) *24 Anti-Tank Missile Launcher, FGM-148, Javelin (8 launchers in the AT Section of the Anti-Tank Platoon, Weapons Company, Infantry Battalion × 3) *18 Automatic Grenade Launcher, 40 mm, Mk 19 (6 guns per Heavy Machine Gun Platoon, Weapons Company, Infantry Battalion × 3) *18 Browning Machine Gun, Cal. .50, M2, HB, Flexible (6 guns per Heavy Machine Gun Platoon, Weapons Company, Infantry Battalion × 3) *54 Machine Gun, 7.62mm, M240 (6 guns in the Machine Gun Section, Weapons Platoon, Rifle Company × 3, Infantry Battalion × 3) *243 Light Machine Gun/Infantry Automatic Rifle, 5.56mm, M249 (9 guns per Rifle Platoon × 3, Rifle Company × 3, Infantry Battalion × 3)

Aviation combat element (ACE)

Composite Marine aircraft group *Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) otional organization shown below *45 AV-8B (3 VMA squadrons w/ 15 aircraft each) *24 F/A-18 (2 VMFA squadrons w/ 12 aircraft each) *5 EA-6B (1 VMAQ squadron w/ 5 aircraft each) *6 KC-130 (1 VMGR detachment) *32 CH-53E (2 HMH squadrons w/ 16 aircraft each) *48 CH-46E or MV-22B (4 HMM or VMM squadrons w/ 12 aircraft each) *18 AH-1W/Z (1 HMLA squadron, each HMLA squadron contains both AH-1 & UH-1 aircraft) *9 UH-1N/Y (1 HMLA squadron, each HMLA squadron contains both AH-1 & UH-1 aircraft) *45 Stinger missile teams (1 Low Altitude Air Defense firing battery w/ 3 platoons of 15 Stinger missile teams each) * 1 Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) (Provides Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance, Aviation Supply, and Aviation Ordnance support to aircraft squadrons) * 1 Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) (Provides Combat Service Support .e., all essential aviation ground support and servicesto enable the MAG to perform its aviation mission) * Other aviation support squadron detachments as required (MACS, MASS, MTACS, MWCS)

Logistics combat element (LCE)

Combat logistics regiment (CLR) (w/ 1 to 3 combat logistics Battalions) otional equipment shown below*1 medium girder bridge *6 cranes: **1 30-ton crane **5 7.5-ton cranes *2 600k-gal fuel systems *44 100-kW generators *75 7-ton trucks *9 Water purifying units *116 forklifts *5 bulldozers *3 road graders

List of MEBs

* 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade * 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade * 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade * 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade * 7th Marine Expeditionary Brigade

Historical MEBs

The following MEBs were deployed operationally: *Task Force Tarawa for the Iraq War *Task Force Leatherneck for the Afghanistan WarMEB troops to get prestigious valor award, ''Marine Corps Times'', Dan Lamothe, Jun 21, 2012
*9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade for the Vietnam War – deployed March 8, 1965 * 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Anti-Terrorism) for the War on Terror - activated in 29 October 2001 and deactivated in February 2006

Notes

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