Command element (United States Marine Corps)

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In the United States Marine Corps, the command element or CE is the command and control force of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF). It provides C3I for the MAGTF.

Role within the MAGTF[edit]

The CE provides all headquarters functions for the MAGTF: command, operations, plans, and administration. It also often holds units which do not fit within the ground combat element, aviation combat element, or logistics combat element.

Organization[edit]

The size of the CE varies in proportion to the size of the MAGTF. A Marine Expeditionary Force has a MEF Headquarters Group, approximately the size of a regiment. A Marine Expeditionary Brigade holds a battalion-sized MEB Headquarters Group. The various Marine Expeditionary Units command a company-sized MEU Headquarters Group. Generally, MEF postings are permanent, while MEBs and MEUs rotate their GCE, ACE, and LCE twice annually.

Hierarchy of Marine command units[edit]

I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group[edit]

CE of I Marine Expeditionary Force

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Insignia Name Location
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1st Intelligence Battalion
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
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9th Communication Battalion
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
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1st Radio Battalion
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
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1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California

II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group[edit]

CE of II Marine Expeditionary Force

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Insignia Name Location
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2nd Intelligence Battalion
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
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8th Communications Battalion
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
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2nd Radio Battalion
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
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2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
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Chemical Biological Incident Response Force
Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center, Maryland

III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group[edit]

CE of III Marine Expeditionary Force

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Insignia Name Location
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3rd Intelligence Battalion
Camp Hansen, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
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7th Communication Battalion
Camp Hansen, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
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3rd Radio Battalion
Marine Corps Base Hawaii
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5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
Camp Hansen, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

Headquarters Battalion[edit]

CE of Marine Forces Reserve

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Insignia Name Location
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Intelligence Support Battalion[1]
New Orleans, Louisiana
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6th Communications Battalion
Note: also fall under 4th Marine Logistics Group
New York City, New York
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3rd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
Long Beach, California
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4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
West Palm Beach, Florida
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3rd Force Reconnaissance Company
Mobile, Alabama
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4th Force Reconnaissance Company
Marine Corps Base Hawaii
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3rd Civil Affairs Group
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
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4th Civil Affairs Group
Naval Support Facility Anacostia, Washington, D.C.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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