Marine Expeditionary Brigade

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A Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) is a formation of the United States Marine Corps, a Marine Air-Ground Task Force of approximately 14,500 Marines and Sailors constructed around a reinforced infantry regiment, a composite Marine aircraft group, a combat logistics regiment and a MEB command group.[1] The MEB, commanded by a general officer (usually a Brigadier General), is task-organized to meet the requirements of a specific situation. It can function as part of a joint task force, as the lead echelon of the Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), or alone. It varies in size and composition, and is larger than a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) but smaller than a MEF. The MEB is capable of conducting missions across the full range of military operations.

Notional Marine Expeditionary Brigade[edit]

Command Element (CE)[edit]

MEB Command Group

Ground Combat Element (GCE)[edit]

Regimental Combat Team (RCT)

  • Infantry Regiment (w/ 3 Infantry Battalions), Reinforced
  • 48 Amphibious Assault Vehicles, AAV-7A1 and variants (1 Amphibious Assault Vehicle Company (Reinforced))
  • 27 Light Armored Vehicles, LAV-25A1 and variants (1 Light Armored Reconnaissance Company (Reinforced))
  • 14 Main Battle Tank, M1A1, Abrams (1 Tank Company (Reinforced))
  • 2 Armored Recovery Vehicle, M88A2, Hercules (1 Tank Company (Reinforced))
  • 2 Assault Breacher Vehicle, M1, Shredder (Combat Engineer Company)
  • 24 Howitzer, 155 mm, M777A2 (1 Artillery Battalion w/4 firing batteries of 6 guns each)
  • 24 Mortar, 81mm, M252 (4 tubes per section, 2 sections per platoon, of the Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company, Infantry Battalion × 3)
  • 27 Lightweight Mortar, 60 mm, M224 LWCMS (3 tubes in the Mortar Section of the Weapons Platoon, Rifle company × 3, Infantry Battalion × 3)
  • 24 Anti-Tank Missile Launcher, BGM-71, TOW (8 launchers in the TOW Section of the Anti-Tank (AT) Platoon, Weapons Company, Infantry Battalion × 3)
  • 24 Anti-Tank Missile Launcher, FGM-148, Javelin (8 launchers in the AT Section of the Anti-Tank Platoon,Weapons Company, Infantry Battalion × 3)
  • 18 Automatic Grenade Launcher, 40 mm, Mk 19 (6 guns per Heavy Machine Gun Platoon, Weapons Company, Infantry Battalion × 3)
  • 18 Browning Machine Gun, Cal. .50, M2, HB, Flexible (6 guns per Heavy Machine Gun Platoon, Weapons Company, Infantry Battalion × 3)
  • 54 Machine Gun, 7.62mm, M240 (6 guns in the Machine Gun Section, Weapons Platoon, Rifle Company × 3, Infantry Battalion × 3)
  • 243 Light Machine Gun/Infantry Automatic Rifle, 5.56mm, M249 (9 guns per Rifle Platoon × 3, Rifle Company × 3, Infantry Battalion × 3)

Aviation Combat Element (ACE)[edit]

Composite Marine Aircraft Group

  • Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) [notional organization shown below]
  • 45 AV-8B (3 VMA squadrons w/ 15 aircraft each)
  • 24 F/A-18 (2 VMFA squadrons w/ 12 aircraft each)
  • 5 EA-6B (1 VMAQ squadron w/ 5 aircraft each)
  • 6 KC-130 (1 VMGR detachment)
  • 32 CH-53E (2 HMH squadrons w/ 16 aircraft each)
  • 48 CH-46E or MV-22B (4 HMM or VMM squadrons w/ 12 aircraft each)
  • 18 AH-1W/Z (1 HMLA squadron, each HMLA squadron contains both AH-1 & UH-1 aircraft)
  • 9 UH-1N/Y (1 HMLA squadron, each HMLA squadron contains both AH-1 & UH-1 aircraft)
  • 45 Stinger missile teams (1 Low Altitude Air Defense firing battery w/ 3 platoons of 15 Stinger missile teams each)
  • 1 Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) (Provides Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance, Aviation Supply, and Aviation Ordnance support to aircraft squadrons)
  • 1 Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) (Provides Combat Service Support [i.e., all essential aviation ground support and services] to enable the MAG to perform its aviation mission)
  • Other aviation support squadron detachments as required (MACS, MASS, MTACS, MWCS)

Logistics Combat Element (LCE)[edit]

Combat Logistics Regiment (CLR) (w/ 1 to 3 Combat Logistics Battalions) [notional equipment shown below]

List of MEBs[edit]

Historical MEBs[edit]

The following MEBs were deployed operationally:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Trickey, Wendy R., Robert C. Benbow and David G. Taylor. MEB Capabilities Study (Final Report), (Alexandria, Virginia: Center for Naval Analyses, February 2010), 7.
  2. ^ MEB troops to get prestigious valor award, Marine Corps Times, Dan Lamothe, Jun 21, 2012