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Marine Corps Re-activates 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade

Date Posted: 2011-12-16

The Marine Corps re-activated 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (3rd MEB), commanded by Brigadier General Craig Q. Timberlake, this week during a ceremony on Camp Courtney.

The re-establishment of the permanent command element strengthens the Marine Corps' ability to prepare for and take action in numerous contingency operations that may occur in the Asian-Pacific region. The 3rd MEB provides a scalable, standing, joint capable, forward deployed headquarters oriented on the Pacific Command area of operation that is capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations, to include enabling the introduction of follow on forces, and theater security cooperation in order to strengthen alliance relationships and support III MEF operational requirements.

The permanent command element will have 95 dedicated personnel. The 3rd MEB has participated in numerous operations and exercises this year, including Operation Tomodachi, Exercise Cobra Gold in the Kingdom of Thailand, and Amphibious Landing Exercise in the Republic of the Philippines. The Asia-Pacific region is prone to severe weather conditions and natural disasters. The re-establishment of a command element enables rapid response and the ability to execute any mission when a situation arises.

The presence of 3rd MEB in the region is beneficial to maintaining theater security and strengthening relationships with partner countries through participation in exercises and scheduled training. Marine Corps officials emphasize that the 3rd MEB has played a significant role in maintaining stability within the Asian-Pacific region in the past, and will continue to do so in the future.

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