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I MEF (Forward) reactivates for historic Afghanistan deployment

By Sgt. Frances Johnson | | October 24, 2013

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Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Fwd), and Sgt. Maj. Douglas E. Berry, sergeant major, I MEF (Fwd), salute the colors as the national anthem plays during I MEF (Fwd)'s reactivation ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 23, 2013. During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Yoo and Sgt. Maj. Berry officially uncased the unit's colors to symbolize the official reactivation of I MEF (Fwd).

Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Fwd), and Sgt. Maj. Douglas E. Berry, sergeant major, I MEF (Fwd), salute the colors as the national anthem plays during I MEF (Fwd)'s reactivation ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 23, 2013. During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Yoo and Sgt. Maj. Berry officially uncased the unit's colors to symbolize the official reactivation of I MEF (Fwd). (Photo by Sgt. Frances Johnson)


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Lieutenant Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force, speaks to the Marines, sailors and coalition force members of I MEF (Fwd) during the unit's reactivation ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 23, 2013. I MEF (Fwd) will assume command of Regional Command Southwest, which is comprised of Helmand and Nimroz provinces in southern Afghanistan, during early 2014.

Lieutenant Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force, speaks to the Marines, sailors and coalition force members of I MEF (Fwd) during the unit's reactivation ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 23, 2013. I MEF (Fwd) will assume command of Regional Command Southwest, which is comprised of Helmand and Nimroz provinces in southern Afghanistan, during early 2014. (Photo by Sgt. Frances Johnson)


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Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), stands in front of the colors during I MEF (Fwd)'s reactivation ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 23, 2013. During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Yoo and Sgt. Maj. Douglas E. Berry, sergeant major, I MEF (Fwd) officially uncased the unit's battle colors to symbolize the official reactivation of I MEF (Fwd).

Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, commanding general, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), stands in front of the colors during I MEF (Fwd)'s reactivation ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 23, 2013. During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Yoo and Sgt. Maj. Douglas E. Berry, sergeant major, I MEF (Fwd) officially uncased the unit's battle colors to symbolize the official reactivation of I MEF (Fwd). (Photo by Sgt. Frances Johnson)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --

The I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) reactivated during a ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 23, in preparation for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan during early 2014.
 
I MEF (Fwd) will assume command of Regional Command (Southwest), which is comprised of Helmand and Nimroz provinces.
 
Brigadier Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, commanding general of I MEF (Fwd), and Sgt. Maj. Douglas E. Berry, sergeant major, I MEF (Fwd), uncased the unit’s battle colors during the ceremony representing the official reactivation.
 
“This is the most important thing I MEF will do,” said Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commanding general, I MEF. “It’s a great team. You have my full support, but it’s going be a tough job.”
 
The significance of the upcoming deployment was echoed by Brig. Gen. Yoo as he spoke of the enduring commitment of those who have served in the past.

“I think we all understand that we are about to embark on a historic deployment,” said Brig. Gen. Yoo. “There are many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us, but we are very mindful as mentioned earlier today about all the sacrifices of those who have gone before us.”
 
The Marines and sailors of I MEF (Fwd) will replace II MEF (Fwd), who are currently deployed from Camp Lejeune, N.C. I MEF had previously transferred authority of RC (SW) to II MEF (Fwd), February 28, 2013.