Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command (COMMARFORCOM), headquartered at Naval Support Activity Norfolk, Virginia, commands Service retained-operating forces; executes force sourcing and synchronization to affect force generation actions in the provisioning of joint capable Marine Corps forces, and directs deployment planning and execution of Service retained-operating forces in support of Combatant Commander (CCDR) and Service requirements; serves as Commanding General, Fleet Marine Forces Atlantic (CG FMFLANT) and commands embarked Marine Corps forces; coordinates Marine Corps-Navy integration of operational initiatives and advises CDR U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) on support to Marine Corps forces assigned to naval ships, bases, and installations; conducts Service directed operational tasks as required.
As COMMARFORCOM, commands Service retained-operational forces. As CG FMFLANT, commands Service retained-operational forces embarked aboard Naval shipping.
Status and Command Relationships. MARFORCOM is a Service retained component headquarters with the following command relationships.
COMMARFORCOM reports to the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC).
COMMARFORCOM commands and exercises administrative control (ADCON) of the following subordinate commands:
Foreign Policy (magazine) reported in its Situation Report e-mail feature on July 2, 2015 that "Later this month, the service is expected to announce that the convoluted command structure it has been maintaining in Europe and Africa -- with one general running European operations and another running the show in Africa -- will change in a pretty significant way. As it stands now, Neller oversees Europe from Norfolk, while Maj. Gen. William Beydler (II MEF) commands Marines in Africa from Camp Lejeune, N.C. But the Corps is revamping that, and will place a single two-star general based out of Stuttgart, Germany, (home of Africom) to command Marines in both Europe and Africa." Furthermore, in early 2015, while Commander Marine Corps Forces Europe is in Virginia, Commander Marine Corps Forces Africa is in North Carolina, and the Deputy Commander of both forces is in Stuttgart, Germany.