Maneuver enhancement brigade

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A maneuver enhancement brigade (MEB) is a self-contained, modular, and multifunctional support brigade of the United States Army customized to meet whatever mission it receives. A MEB's primary purpose is to plug into operational formations commanded by corps or division commanders, to support brigade combat teams once deployed, and to conduct tactical level tasks and support.[1] MEBs can provide command and control for up to seven battalions that are capable of owning battlespace in combat.

Battalions assigned to a MEB differ from mission to mission but their specialties typically do not repeat themselves more than twice for a certain type—when a mission dictates more than two of a certain type, the mission likely is not an MEB mission anymore but one more suited to a functional brigade.[a][b] For example, if a mission calls for three engineer battalions, such mission is better suited to an engineer brigade.[b]


The mission of a MEB is to provide critical maneuver support to the force commander, normally at the division level. The MEB groups together a number of previously dispersed functions in order to achieve this mission. Organic to the MEB is generally a headquarters and headquarters company, a signal company and a brigade support battalion. This force can be augmented by combat engineer, military police, air defense, and/or chemical defense units. Depending on the mission it may be assigned explosive ordnance disposal, civil affairs or a tactical combat force. They are tailored with the capabilities required for each operation. More than one brigade may be assigned to a division or corps.

Maneuver Enhancement Brigades are designed to bridge the operational gap between Brigade Combat Teams and Functional Support Brigades. By modern doctrine MEB can control operational areas and are assigned a Tactical Combat Force, usually in the form of a maneuver infantry battalion. A Maneuver Enhancement Brigade primary goal is to provide the Corps or Divisional level commander with a field grade officer led formation that has a large headquarters, capable of controlling a mix of combat engineer, military police, level II medical services, communication units, NBC units and civil affair units. In addition to its attached maneuver combat battalion for security and rear area defence operations.

Unified Combatant Commanders may also attach these brigades directly to the Army service component command in order to serve in the Theatre Army rear area of operations or joint security area, where the MEB serves as the force protection unit for the US Force Headquarters.[3]

There are 19 combat support brigades (maneuver enhancement) the Army plans to create, with 16 in the Army National Guard and 3 in the Army Reserve. The organization is one of five types of multifunctional support brigades that have been be established under the transformation to the modular force. The others are the sustainment brigade, battlefield surveillance brigade, combat aviation brigade, and fires brigade.[4]

Maneuver Enhancement Brigades[edit]

Unit Patch Component Home Headquarters
1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Active Duty (inactivated 2015) Fort Polk, LA
2nd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Active Duty (never activated) Fort Drum, NY
3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Active Duty (inactivated 2011) Fort Richardson, AK
4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade SSI svg.svg Active Duty (inactivated 2015) Fort Leonard Wood, MO
26th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Yankee Division.svg National Guard Massachusetts
67th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade
67th Infantry Brigade SSI.svg
National Guard Lincoln, NE
92nd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Image92nd Infantry Brigade.gif National Guard Puerto Rico
110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade US Army 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade SSI.png National Guard Missouri
111th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade 111ADABdeSSI.svg National Guard New Mexico
130th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade 130MEBSSI.svg National Guard North Carolina
136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade 136th MEB.png National Guard Texas
141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.png National Guard North Dakota
149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade 149ArmBdeSSI.svg National Guard Kentucky
158th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade 158th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.png National Guard Arizona
157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade 57th Field Artillery Brigade SSI.svg National Guard Wisconsin
196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade 196th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.png National Guard South Dakota
204th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade 204th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.png National Guard Utah
218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Image-218th Infantry Brigade.gif National Guard South Carolina
226th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade 226MnvrEnhance.jpg National Guard Alabama
301st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade 301st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.png Army Reserve Washington
302d Maneuver Enhancement Brigade 302d MEB Patch Army Reserve Massachusetts
303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.png Army Reserve Hawaii
404th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade 404ChemBdeSSI.jpg National Guard Illinois
648th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade 648th MEB.jpg National Guard Georgia



  1. ^ Tan (2012) "Typically, what we look at is two of any type of battalion," McCabe said. "That's two engineer battalions, two MP battalions, two chemical battalions and a tactical fighting force."[2]
  2. ^ a b Tan (2012) "If a mission dictates more than two of a certain type of battalion, the mission likely is not an MEB mission anymore but one more suited to a functional brigade, he said. For example, if the mission calls for three engineer battalions, the tasking may be better suited to an engineer brigade, he said."[2]


  1. ^ "APS - Additional Information on Army Related Topics". Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  2. ^ a b "Little-known MEBs adapt to multiple missions | Army Times". Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  3. ^ Headquarters, Department of the Army (27 February 2008). FM 3–0, Operations. Washington, DC: GPO. p. C–11 and pp. C–40 — C–44. ISBN 9781437901290. OCLC 780900309.  ("Source A" (PDF).  "Source B" (PDF).  Retrieved 31 August 2013.)
  4. ^ "Army Logistician Alog News". Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  5. ^ "National Guard Maneuver Enhancement Brigade's Role in Domestic Missions". Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  6. ^ "Little-known MEBs adapt to multiple missions". Retrieved 2014-03-01. 

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