U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command

 

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command

Norfolk, Virginia
Mission

Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command (COMMARFORCOM), commands Active Component (AC) Service-retained operating forces; executes USMC force generation actions across the AC/RC Components in 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 Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) on support to Marine Corps forces assigned to U.S. Navy ships, bases, and installations; and conducts Service-directed operational tasks as required.


 
Recruits with India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, receive instructions from their senior drill instructor during pick up at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Dec. 2. The recruits will spend their first day with their drill instructors learning the rules and regulations of recruit training, regarding everything from how to act in the squad bay to how to speak to drill instructors. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. India Company is scheduled to graduate Feb. 24.
Co. I - Pick Up
Recruits with India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, receive instructions from their senior drill instructor during pick up at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Dec. 2. The recruits will spend their first day with their drill instructors learning the rules and regulations of recruit training, regarding everything from how to act in the squad bay to how to speak to drill instructors. Annually, more than 17,000 males recruited from the Western Recruiting Region are trained at MCRD San Diego. India Company is scheduled to graduate Feb. 24.
Private first class Alex Pelletier fires a .50 Cal. machine gun during a live-fire training exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Nov. 29, 2016. Marines with Combined Anti-Armor team, Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine practiced vehicle buddy rushes with High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles to improve communication and movement through an objective. Pelletier is a machine gunner with the unit.
2/2 hones vehicle buddy-rushing abilities
Private First Class Alex Pelletier fires a M2 .50 cal. machine gun during a live-fire training exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Nov. 29, 2016. Marines with Combined Anti-Armor Team, Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, practiced vehicle buddy rushes with High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles to learn to communicate and move through an objective. Pelletier is a machine gunner with the unit.
Sgt. Justin Puente, Light Armored Vehicle technician, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, smiles at people from his LAV during the 20th annual Veteran's Day Parade in Palm Springs, Calif., Nov. 11, 2016. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Julio McGraw/Released)
Combat Center honors those who came before
Sgt. Justin Puente, Light Armored Vehicle technician, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, smiles at people from his LAV during the 20th annual Veteran's Day Parade in Palm Springs, Calif., Nov. 11, 2016. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Julio McGraw/Released)
Lt. Gen. John Wissler, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, cuts the first piece of cake with an NCO sword during MARFORCOM’s Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Va., Nov. 5. Marines from the Hampton Roads area gathered for the ball in honor of the Marine Corps' 241st birthday. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kayla D. Rivera/ Released)
MARFORCOM c elebrates 241st Marine Corps birthday
Lt. Gen. John Wissler, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, cuts the first piece of cake with an NCO sword during MARFORCOM’s Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Va., Nov. 5. Marines from the Hampton Roads area gathered for the ball in honor of the Marine Corps' 241st birthday. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kayla D. Rivera/ Released)
Col. Charles Dunne, commanding officer, Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, cuts a slice of cake in honor of the Marine Corps’ 241st birthday at the Joint Forces Staff College aboard Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Va., Nov. 9. The first slice of cake is given to the oldest Marine in the unit and the second slice is given to the youngest Marine to symbolize the passing of knowledge and tradition between generations. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Calvin Shamoon/ Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command cake cutting ceremony
Col. Charles Dunne, commanding officer, Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, cuts a slice of cake in honor of the Marine Corps’ 241st birthday at the Joint Forces Staff College aboard Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Va., Nov. 9. The first slice of cake is given to the oldest Marine in the unit and the second slice is given to the youngest Marine to symbolize the passing of knowledge and tradition between generations. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Calvin Shamoon/ Released)
Col. Charles Dunne, commanding officer, Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, leads MARFORCOM Marines, sailors and civilians during a three-mile run in honor of the Marine Corps’ 241st birthday on Nov. 8, aboard Naval Station Norfolk. Marines yelled cadence throughout the run along the station’s pier and received a t-shirt and refreshments after the run. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kayla D. Rivera/ Released)
H&S; Battalion 2016 USMC Birthday run
Col. Charles Dunne, commanding officer, Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, leads MARFORCOM Marines, sailors and civilians during a three-mile run in honor of the Marine Corps’ 241st birthday on Nov. 8, aboard Naval Station Norfolk. Marines yelled cadence throughout the run along the station’s pier and received a t-shirt and refreshments after the run. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Kayla D. Rivera/ Released)
Royal Marine Lt. Ryan Taylor, recapture troop tactics officer-in-command, 43 Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines, fires his M9 Beretta service pistol at a team relay event during Exercise Tartan Eagle 16 Phase II, aboard Naval Support Activity Northwest Annex, Chesapeake, Va., Oct 20. Marines and sailors from Marine Corps Security Force Battalions Bangor, Wa., and Kings Bay, Ga., along with 43 FPGRM ended their day with a team-building exercise with members of each team sprinting to the firing line and firing one shot to knock down their targets. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Calvin Shamoon/Released)
Tartan Eagle 16 Phase II range training
Royal Marine Lt. Ryan Taylor, recapture troop tactics officer-in-command, 43 Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines, fires his M9 Beretta service pistol at a team relay event during Exercise Tartan Eagle 16 Phase II, aboard Naval Support Activity Northwest Annex, Chesapeake, Va., Oct 20. Marines and sailors from Marine Corps Security Force Battalions Bangor, Wa., and Kings Bay, Ga., along with 43 FPGRM ended their day with a team-building exercise with members of each team sprinting to the firing line and firing one shot to knock down their targets. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Calvin Shamoon/Released)
Sgt. Sean Litchfield, close-quarters battle instructor, Training Co., Marine Corps Security Forces Regiment, speaks to service members from Marine Corps Security Force Battalions Kings Bay, Ga., and Bangor, Wa., along with their British Royal Marine counterparts from 43 Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines about tactics to use in a live-fire house during Exercise Tartan Eagle 16 Phase II, aboard Naval Support Activity Northwest Annex, Chesapeake, Va., Oct. 25. U.S. Marines, sailors and Royal Marines used paint rounds during the force-on-force exercise to create a more realistic training environment. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Calvin Shamoon/ Released)
Exercise Tartan Eagle 16 Phase II
Sgt. Sean Litchfield, close-quarters battle instructor, Training Co., Marine Corps Security Forces Regiment, speaks to service members from Marine Corps Security Force Battalions Kings Bay, Ga., and Bangor, Wa., along with their British Royal Marine counterparts from 43 Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines about tactics to use in a live-fire house during Exercise Tartan Eagle 16 Phase II, aboard Naval Support Activity Northwest Annex, Chesapeake, Va., Oct. 25. U.S. Marines, sailors and Royal Marines used paint rounds during the force-on-force exercise to create a more realistic training environment. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Calvin Shamoon/ Released)
Sgt. Jean Saraka, Fleet Anti-Terrorism Support Team, Marine Corps Security Force Regiment, treats a simulated casualty after opposing forces ambushed the convoy during training aboard the Naval Expeditionary Combat Center, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., Aug. 31, 2016. The Marines conducted convoy operations training to sharpen their skills when faced with real-world scenarios such as improvised explosive device threats and road block ambushes. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Calvin Shamoon/ Released)
FAST Marines conduct convoy operations
Sgt. Jean Saraka, Fleet Anti-Terrorism Support Team, Marine Corps Security Force Regiment, treats a simulated casualty after opposing forces ambushed the convoy during training aboard the Naval Expeditionary Combat Center, Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., Aug. 31, 2016. The Marines conducted convoy operations training to sharpen their skills when faced with real-world scenarios such as improvised explosive device threats and road block ambushes. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Calvin Shamoon/ Released)
Marines from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, conduct patrols that are part of Exercise Island Viper at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Sept. 27, 2016. Marines wrap up their final week of Exercise Island Viper, an annual pre-deployment training event preparing Marines for a larger exercise in the Pacific Region. During Exercise Island Viper, the Marines practiced clearing buildings, patrolling through simulated villages, solved obstacles at the Leadership Reaction Course and traversing through an Improvising Explosive Devices course.
1/3 Marines participate in Exercise Island Viper
Marines from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, conduct patrols that are part of Exercise Island Viper at Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Sept. 27, 2016. Marines wrap up their final week of Exercise Island Viper, an annual pre-deployment training event preparing Marines for a larger exercise in the Pacific Region. During Exercise Island Viper, the Marines practiced clearing buildings, patrolling through simulated villages, solved obstacles at the Leadership Reaction Course and traversing through an Improvising Explosive Devices course.
Gunnery Sgt. Michael Zacniewski, Marine Air-Ground Task Force deployment planning and execution chief, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, performs an elbow strike during a physical training session hosted by Headquarters and Service Battalion at Capt. Slade Cutter Athletic Park, Norfolk, Va., on Aug. 18, 2016. The battalion PT session consisted of high-intensity exercises focusing on team-building workouts, Combat Fitness Test preparation and Marine Corps Martial Arts Program techniques. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Calvin Shamoon/ Released)
Headquarters and Service Battalion PT session
Gunnery Sgt. Michael Zacniewski, Marine Air-Ground Task Force deployment planning and execution chief, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command, performs an elbow strike during a physical training session hosted by Headquarters and Service Battalion at Capt. Slade Cutter Athletic Park, Norfolk, Va., on Aug. 18, 2016. The battalion PT session consisted of high-intensity exercises focusing on team-building workouts, Combat Fitness Test preparation and Marine Corps Martial Arts Program techniques. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Calvin Shamoon/ Released)
U.S. Marines, sailors and Royal Commandos climb to the summit of a mountain, July 20, 2016, in the Scottish Highlands, Inverness, Scotland, during the mountain training phase of the Tartan Eagle 16 exercise. The mountain training phase consisted of learning mountain survival skills, map reading and how to successfully traverse a mountain. Tartan Eagle is an annual training event that began in 1994. Marines and sailors with Marine Corps Security Force Regiment trained alongside 43 Command Fleet Protection Group Royal Commandos to exchange best security and training practices and to foster good relations between the two commands. The exercise allowed for the exchange of tactics, techniques and procedures in the security of strategic assets. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Calvin Shamoon/ Released)
Tartan Eagle 16 Mounrain Trainng
U.S. Marines, sailors and Royal Commandos climb to the summit of a mountain, July 20, 2016, in the Scottish Highlands, Inverness, Scotland, during the mountain training phase of the Tartan Eagle 16 exercise. The mountain training phase consisted of learning mountain survival skills, map reading and how to successfully traverse a mountain. Tartan Eagle is an annual training event that began in 1994. Marines and sailors with Marine Corps Security Force Regiment trained alongside 43 Command Fleet Protection Group Royal Commandos to exchange best security and training practices and to foster good relations between the two commands. The exercise allowed for the exchange of tactics, techniques and procedures in the security of strategic assets. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Calvin Shamoon/ Released)
Staff Sgt. Eric McLeish, Marine Corps Security Battalion Bangor, Washington, checks a room before entering during Tartan Eagle 16 at the Northumbria Training Facility in Northumbria, England, July 26, 2016. The CQB portion of Tartan Eagle allowed Marines and sailors to integrate with their British counterparts and exchange tactics while also learning new tactics and procedures.  (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Calvin Shamoon/Released)
Marines train alongside Royal Commandos in Cloce Quarters Battle simulation
Staff Sgt. Eric McLeish, Marine Corps Security Battalion Bangor, Washington, checks a room before entering during Tartan Eagle 16 at the Northumbria Training Facility in Northumbria, England, July 26, 2016. The CQB portion of Tartan Eagle allowed Marines and sailors to integrate with their British counterparts and exchange tactics while also learning new tactics and procedures. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Calvin Shamoon/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John E. Wissler, U.S. Marine Forces Command, commander, attends the 2nd Marine Division change of command ceremony while visiting Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 8, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Samantha A. Barajas)
Commander of U.S. Marine Forces Command attends 2nd Marine Division Change of Command
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John E. Wissler, U.S. Marine Forces Command, commander, attends the 2nd Marine Division change of command ceremony while visiting Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 8, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Samantha A. Barajas)
Lt. Gen. John E. Wissler, commander of U.S. Marine Forces Command, attends a "Protect What You’ve Earned" meeting with Family Readiness Officers from II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 8, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Samantha A. Barajas)
Commander of U.S. Marine Forces Command attends "Protect What You've Earned" meeting
Lt. Gen. John E. Wissler, commander of U.S. Marine Forces Command, attends a "Protect What You’ve Earned" meeting with Family Readiness Officers from II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 8, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Samantha A. Barajas)
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