Task Force Leatherneck

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Task Force Leatherneck
2d MEB - Task Force Leatherneck insignia (hi def - transparent background) 01.png
Task Force Leatherneck logo
Active 2009-present
Country United States United States of America
Allegiance United States Marine Corps
Branch United States Marine Corps
Type Marine Division
Role Expeditionary combat forces
Size 10,700
Part of Regional Command Southwest
Garrison/HQ Camp Leatherneck
Engagements

War in Afghanistan

Commanders
Current
commander
Brigadier General Lewis Craparotta

Task Force Leatherneck or MEB-Afghanistan is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force currently operating in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The name was originally given to the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade during its 2009-10 for Operation Enduring Freedom as part of Regional Command South.[1] It is also the name used by the 1st Marine Division and 2nd Marine Division during their deployments to Afghanistan. Task Force Leatherneck is commanded by Brigadier General Lewis Craparotta with the command element at Camp Leatherneck. The task force took over the battlespace from Special Purpose MAGTF-Afghanistan on May 29, 2009.[2] In July 2009, Task Force Leatherneck participated in Operation Strike of the Sword, the largest Marine Corps operation since the Battle of Fallujah. On March 15, 2011, the 1st Marine Division was officially replaced by the 2nd Marine Division.[3]

Order of Battle[edit]

Current[edit]

Task Force Leatherneck currently comprises two regimental combat teams and four separate battalions with approximately 10,700 personnel.[4]

Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Marines and sailors with Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan load onto a KC-130 aircraft on the Camp Bastion flightline, Oct. 27, 2014. The Marine Corps ended its mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan, the day prior and all Marines, sailors and service members from the United Kingdom withdrew from southwestern Afghanistan. Photo by: SSgt John Jackson
2nd Battalion, 11th Marines
3rd Combat Engineer Battalion
1st Reconnaissance Battalion
2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment
2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment
3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment
1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
Combat Logistics Battalion 1
1st Battalion, 8th Marines
2nd Battalion, 5th Marines
1st Battalion, 7th Marines
31st Georgian Battalion

Operation Enduring Freedom 9.2[edit]

5th Battalion 10th Marines (5/10) - Brigade Headquarters Group (BHG)
Headquarters Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines (HQ 5/10) - Headquarters and Service Company (H&S)
Battery F, 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines (Fox 2/10) - Tactical Combat Force (TFC)
Battery R, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines (Romeo 5/10) - Tactical Combat Force (TFC)
Military Police Company, Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division - Police Mentoring Teams (PMTs) and Provost Marshal Office (PMO)
34 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment (34 Sqn RAF Regt) - Force Protection Company (FP Coy)
3rd Marine Regiment (RCT 3)
2nd Battalion 3rd Marines (2/3)
1st Battalion 5th Marines (1/5)
2nd Battalion 8th Marines (2/8)
3rd Battalion 11th Marines (3/11)
Company D, 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion (MRAP Company)
Det L, 4th Civil Affairs Group
2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (-) (2d LAR)
Det, 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion
Det, 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO)
Marine Aircraft Group 40
Combat Logistics Regiment 2

Operation Enduring Freedom 10.1[edit]

5th Battalion 10th Marines (5/10) - Brigade Headquarters Group (BHG)
Headquarters Battery 3rd Battalion 10th Marines (HQ 3/10) - Headquarters and Service Company (H&S)
Company A, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (Alpha 4th LAR) - Tactical Combat Force (TFC)
Military Police Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division - Police Mentoring Teams (PMTs) and Provost Marshal Office (PMO)
3 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment (3 Sqn RAF Regt) - Force Protection Company (FP Coy)
7th Marine Regiment (RCT 7)
1st Battalion 3rd Marines (1/3)
3rd Battalion 4th Marines (3/4)
2nd Battalion 2nd Marines (2/2)
3rd Battalion 10th Marines (3/10)
[Company B, 2d Assault Amphibian Battalion (MRAP Company)
Det M, 4th Civil Affairs Group
2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (-) (2d LAR)
Det, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion
Det, 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO)
Det, 1st & 3rd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO)
Marine Aircraft Group 40
Combat Logistics Regiment 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Canals, Meghan. "Task Force Leatherneck Deploys to Afghanistan", Leatherneck, (July 2009), p. 18.
  2. ^ R.R. Keene (editor). "The War on Terror", Leatherneck, vol XCII, no. 11 (November 2009), p. 30.
  3. ^ Task Force Leatherneck Changes Hands in Ceremony
  4. ^ RC – Southwest | ISAF - International Security Assistance Force

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