Command element (United States Marine Corps)
Role within the MAGTF
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.
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
I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group
II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group
III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group
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