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 Emblem
Active2009-2014?
CountryUnited States United States of America
BranchUnited States Marine Corps
TypeMarine Expeditionary Brigade
RoleExpeditionary combat forces
Size10,700
Part ofRegional Command Southwest
Garrison/HQCamp Leatherneck
Engagements
DecorationsPresidential Unit Award
Commanders
Task Force CommanderBrigadier General Lawrence D. Nicholson

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 operations 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 Lawrence D. Nicholson 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 (Operation Khanjar), the largest Marine Corps operation since the Battle of Fallujah, and then in February 2010 an even larger battle, the largest of the Afghan Campaign, Operation Moshtarak (Operation Together).[3]

Order of battle[edit]

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

Operation Enduring Freedom 9.2[edit]

  • 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade(2nd MEB)/Task Force Leatherneck(TFL)/Feb 2009 - Mar 2010
5th Battalion 10th Marines (5/10th Marines) - Brigade Headquarters Group (BHG)
Headquarters Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines (HQ Battery 5/10th Marines) - Headquarters and Service Company (H&S Company)
F Battery, 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines (Fox 2/10th Marines) - Tactical Combat Force (TFC)
R Battery, 5th Battalion, 11th Marines (Romeo 5/11th Marines) - Tactical Combat Force (TFC)
Military Police Company, (MPC) Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division(HQ Battalion 2nd Marine Division) - Police Mentoring Teams (PMTs) and Provost Marshal Office (PMO)
34 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment (34 Squadron RAF Regiment) - Force Protection Company (FP Company)
3rd Marine Regiment (RCT 3)
2nd Battalion 3rd Marines (2/3rd Marines)
1st Battalion 5th Marines (1/5th Marines)
2nd Battalion 8th Marines (2/8th Marines)
3rd Battalion 11th Marines (3/11th Marines)
BATTERY N 5th Battalion 14th Marines (N/5/14th Marines)[5]
Company D, 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion (D/2nd AAB)(MRAP Company)
Detachment L, 4th Civil Affairs Group(L/4th CAG)
2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (-) (2nd LARB)
Detachment, 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion
Detachment, 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (2nd ANGLICO)
Detachment, 3rd Radio Battalion
Marine Aircraft Group 40(MAG 40)
Combat Logistics Regiment 2(CLR 2)
Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division(HQ 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(2/11th Marines)
3rd Combat Engineer Battalion(3rd CEB)
1st Reconnaissance Battalion(1st Recon Battalion)
2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment(2/9th Marine Regiment)
2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment(2/6th Marine Regiment)
3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment(3/3rd Marine Regiment)
1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion(1st LARB)
Combat Logistics Battalion 1(CLB 1)
1st Battalion, 8th Marines(1/8th Marines)
2nd Battalion, 5th Marines(2/5th Marines)
1st Battalion, 7th Marines(1/7th Marines)
31st Georgian Battalion

Operation Enduring Freedom 10.1[edit]

5th Battalion 10th Marines (5/10th Marines) - Brigade Headquarters Group (BHG)
Headquarters Battery 3rd Battalion 10th Marines (HQ Battery 3/10) - Headquarters and Service Company (H&S)
Company A, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (Alpha 4th LARB) - 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 Squadron RAF Regiment) - Force Protection Company (FP Company)
7th Marine Regiment (RCT 7)
1st Battalion 3rd Marines (1/3rd Marines)
3rd Battalion 4th Marines (3/4th Marines)
2nd Battalion 2nd Marines (2/2nd Marines)
3rd Battalion 7th Marines (3/7th Marines)
3rd Battalion 10th Marines (3/10th Marines)
Company B, 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion (Bravo 2nd AAB) (MRAP Company)
Detachment M, 4th Civil Affairs Group (M/4th CAG)
2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (-) (2nd LAR)
Detachment 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion
Detachment 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO)
Detachments 1st & 3rd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO)
Marine Aircraft Group 40 (MAG 40)
Combat Logistics Regiment 2(CLR 2)

Commanders[edit]

  • 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade between 2009 and March 2010
  • Brigadier General Joseph Osterman between March 2010 and March 15, 2011 (1st Marine Division (Forward))[6]
  • Brigadier General Lewis A. Craparotta between March 15, 2011 and February 25, 2012 (2nd Marine Division (Forward))[6]
  • Brigadier General Lawrence D. Nicholson

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. ^ Gal Perl Finkel, Back to the ground?, Israel Hayom, November 8, 2015.
  4. ^ RC – Southwest | ISAF - International Security Assistance Force Archived 2012-12-30 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ MARADMINS Active Number: 615/12
  6. ^ a b Task Force Leatherneck Changes Hands in Ceremony

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