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II Marine Expeditionary Force

Readiness. Standards. Core Values.

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
II MEF trains to remain current as fighting force

By Cpl. Daniel A. Wulz | II Marine Expeditionary Force | May 24, 2012

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Maj. Sean P. Dynan, the Operational Planning Team Leader for the Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise, explains the orientation of a map used during MEFEX 12, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 20, 2012. The MEFEX is a large scale exercise for conventional combat operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel A. Wulz)

Maj. Sean P. Dynan, the Operational Planning Team Leader for the Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise, explains the orientation of a map used during MEFEX 12, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 20, 2012. The MEFEX is a large scale exercise for conventional combat operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel A. Wulz) (Photo by Cpl. Daniel A. Wulz)


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Lt. Col. Robert. P. Salasko a counter intelligence team leader for II MEF, briefs Marines on what his subordinate unit’s purpose in the MEFEX during the rehearsal of concept drill portion of the MEFEX 12, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 20, 2012. The rock drill is a map used for the planning phase of the MEFEX, to show movement of troops, units and logistics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel A. Wulz)

Lt. Col. Robert. P. Salasko a counter intelligence team leader for II MEF, briefs Marines on what his subordinate unit’s purpose in the MEFEX during the rehearsal of concept drill portion of the MEFEX 12, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 20, 2012. The rock drill is a map used for the planning phase of the MEFEX, to show movement of troops, units and logistics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel A. Wulz) (Photo by Cpl. Daniel A. Wulz)


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Lt. Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, takes notes while subordinate elements provide briefs on their individual purpose in MEFEX 12, a large-scale exercise for conventional kinetic operations, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 20, 2012. The rehearsal of concept drill is a map used for the planning phase of the MEFEX, to show movement of troops, units and logistics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel A. Wulz)

Lt. Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, takes notes while subordinate elements provide briefs on their individual purpose in MEFEX 12, a large-scale exercise for conventional kinetic operations, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 20, 2012. The rehearsal of concept drill is a map used for the planning phase of the MEFEX, to show movement of troops, units and logistics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel A. Wulz) (Photo by Cpl. Daniel A. Wulz)


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Alexander A. Usztics, a ground intelligence officer, 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company, II Marine Expeditionary Force briefs Marines on what his subordinate unit’s purpose in the MEFEX during the rehearsal of concept drill portion of MEFEX 12, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 20, 2012. The rock drill is a map used for the planning phase of the MEFEX, to show movement of troops, units and logistics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel A. Wulz)

Alexander A. Usztics, a ground intelligence officer, 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company, II Marine Expeditionary Force briefs Marines on what his subordinate unit’s purpose in the MEFEX during the rehearsal of concept drill portion of MEFEX 12, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 20, 2012. The rock drill is a map used for the planning phase of the MEFEX, to show movement of troops, units and logistics. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel A. Wulz) (Photo by Cpl. Daniel A. Wulz)


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Lt. Gen. John M. Paxton, commanding general, II Marine Expeditionary Force, briefs Marines prior to the rehearsal of concept drill portion of the Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 20, 2012. MEFEX 12 is a large scale exercise for conventional combat operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel A. Wulz)

Lt. Gen. John M. Paxton, commanding general, II Marine Expeditionary Force, briefs Marines prior to the rehearsal of concept drill portion of the Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 20, 2012. MEFEX 12 is a large scale exercise for conventional combat operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daniel A. Wulz) (Photo by Cpl. Daniel Wulz)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C --

On May 20, on a gymnasium floor aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marines from II Marine Expeditionary Force gathered around a large map resembling part of North and South Carolina with signs representing different units and their movement.

The Marines aren’t assaulting or invading parts of the Carolinas. They are participating in  Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise 12 (MEFEX 12), a large-scale exercise for conventional combat operations. The rehearsal of concept drill or “ROC drill” explains and practices the movement of troops and logistics throughout the exercise.

“There’s a lot of hard work here but we haven’t done this in a while at this scale,” said Lt. Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., commanding general of II MEF.

MEFEX 12 is a scenario-driven, simulation supported, staff-level exercise designed to train II MEF and its Major Subordinate Commands and Major Subordinate Elements.

 

“The purpose is to figure out our standard operating procedures for planning in general and how we do that as a MEF,” said Maj. Sean P. Dynan, the Operational Planning Team Leader for the MEFEX 12. “We really haven’t done this since 2002, so it’s the first time in a long time, so what we’re doing is taking the lessons learned from this and incorporating it into our SOP.”

After covering the general orientation of the map and discussing conventional operations, Marines began to describe in detail the specific parts of the operation.

While addressing each part of the operation, individual subordinate elements’ representative explained their purpose and actions in the mission to the audience.

“The biggest part of today was people standing up and explaining what they were doing and everyone going ‘okay I get it, I understand what you are doing and I will support that’,” Dynan said.

Throughout the presentations, II MEF leaders including Paxton, asked questions to better refine the standard operating procedures and the plan of action for the MEFEX 12.

“We did exactly what we wanted to, which was to talk through the phasing and sequencing of the operation,” said Paxton. “The second part of that was to capture potential friction points so that subordinate commanders and adjacent or higher headquarters could be identified and we did both of those things.”

On May 21, the exercise portion of MEFEX 12 began providing Marines an even better idea of how to conduct conventional combat operations and accomplish their mission.

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