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II Marine Expeditionary Force


II Marine Expeditionary Force

Train. Fight. Win.

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.

When directed, II Marine Expeditionary Force deploys and is employed as a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) in support of Combatant Commander (CCDR) requirements for contingency response or Major Theater War.  With appropriate augmentation, II MEF serves as the core element of a Joint Task Force (JTF); prepares and deploys combat ready MAGTF’s to support CCDR presence and crisis response; and supports service and CCDR initiatives as required.

What is II MEF?

II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) is one of three MEFs in the Marine Corps.  I MEF is in California and III MEF is in Okinawa.

A MEF is a combined arms force consisting of ground, air and logistics forces. It possesses the capability for projecting offensive combat power ashore while sustaining itself in combat without external assistance for a period of 60 days.

With more than 47,000 Marines and Sailors, II MEF is representative of the largest and most powerful Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF). The MAGTF concept is flexible and scalable under single commander. MAGTFs provide Joint Force Commanders the following capabilities:
-Humanitarian support and natural disaster relief operations
-Rapid crisis response
-Ability to operate independent of established airfields, basing agreements, and over-flight rights
-Ability to train with allied forces as part of a theater engagement plan
-Forward deployed, credible deterrent force

II MEF is comprised of four basic components:

(1) II MEF Information Group containing personnel and equipment necessary for the effective planning and execution of operations.

(2) A ground combat element, the 2d Marine Division.

(3) An aviation combat element, the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.

(4) A combat service support element, the 2nd Marine Logistics Group.



II MEF Units:                                 


MEF Information Group

2nd Intelligence Battalion

2nd Radio Battalion           

8th Communications Battalion

2nd ANGLICO           

2nd Law Enforcement Battalion

Expeditionary Operations Training Group 

2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade


II MEF Major Subordinate Commands:

2nd Marine Division           

2nd Marine Aircraft Wing           

2nd Marine Logistics Group           

22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit

24th Marine Expeditionary Unit

26th Marine Expeditionary Unit

II MEF Higher Headquarters:          
Marine Corps Forces Command

Headquarters Marine Corps

II MEF Adjacent Commands:

Wounded Warrior Battalion East

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command 

Marine Corps Installations East

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

Marine Corps Air Station New River   

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort