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I Marine Expeditionary Force
IMEFlogo.jpg
I MEF insignia
Active 8 November 1969 – present
Country United States
Branch United States Marine Corps
Type Marine Air-Ground Task Force
Role Expeditionary combat force
Part of U.S. Marine Forces Pacific
Garrison/HQ MCB Camp Pendleton, California, U.S.
Engagements

Persian Gulf War

Global War on Terrorism

Iraq War

Commanders
Current
commander
LtGen John A. Toolan, USMC
Notable
commanders
Gen Anthony Zinni, Gen Michael Hagee, Gen James T. Conway, Gen James Mattis, Gen John F. Sattler

The I Marine Expeditionary Force ("I" pronounced "First") is a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) of the United States Marine Corps primarily composed of the 1st Marine Division, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and 1st Marine Logistics Group.

EtymologyEdit

Among U.S. Marines, it is common to pronounce I MEF as "eye mef", "first mef", or "one mef".

MissionEdit

When directed, I MEF deploys and is employed as a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) in support of Combatant Commander (COCOM) requirements for contingency response or Major Theater War; with appropriate augmentation, serves as the core element of a Joint Task Force (JTF); prepares and deploys combat ready MAGTF’s to support COCOM presence and crisis response; and supports service and COCOM initiatives as required.

LineageEdit

  • Activated on 8 November 1969 at Okinawa, Japan as the I Marine Expeditionary Force
  • Redesignated on 18 August 1970 as the I Marine Amphibious Force (I MAF)
  • Relocated in April 1971 to Camp Pendleton, California
  • Redesignated on 5 February 1988 as the "I Marine Expeditionary Force"

StructureEdit


1st Marine Expeditionary Force

Structure of I MEF

UnitsEdit

Recent serviceEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. Reynolds Baghdad, Basrah and Beyond, pg. 169.

External linksEdit



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