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Marine Corps Middleweight force practices live, virtual training during LSE-14

By Capt. Staci Reidinger | 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade | July 31, 2014

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MARINE CORP BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --

United States and Canadian military forces are scheduled to participate in a Large Scale Exercise from 8-14 August 2014 aboard Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California.

As a 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade led bilateral training exercise, LSE-14 is designed to develop U.S. and Canadian military force crisis response capabilities through a series of simulated and live training events across a range of military operations. The main focus of this exercise is to increase the functionality and effectiveness of the I MEB command element when called upon to organize, deploy and employ military forces on a moment’s notice.

I MEB’s forces during LSE-14, composited from 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Logistics Group, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, will consist of 3,700 military members that will conduct long range raids, casualty evacuations, live-fire events, defensive operations, and close air support in response to exercise scenarios. The 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, U.S. Agency for International Development, Marine Corps Special Forces Command, and Marine Forces Cyber, will also work to develop processes and procedures as a unified team alongside I MEB forces.

A notable highlight during this exercise is the heavy integration of constructive and simulated training activities tied in with live fire events that offer the warfighter a diverse range of experiences during a short period of time. From AV-8B Harrier pilots simulating air strikes in response to actual troops on the ground to the use of an automated battlefield picture that offers command and control staff the ability to test current and emerging warfighting tactics without expending funds for ammunition and fuel.

Exercises like LSE-14 provide realistic, relevant training necessary for effective global crisis response expected of the United States Marine Corps. For example, the Marine Corps has sustained a MEB presence in Afghanistan since mid-2009 with rotational forces from I, II, and II Marine Expeditionary Forces. Additionally, Marines were called in to action as a MEB in 2013 to provide humanitarian and disaster response support after a tsunami ravaged the Republic of the Philippines.

Ultimately, the increased instances of natural disasters and threat-induced crises around the world require a MEB with composited air-ground forces that are scalable, rapidly-deployable, self-sustaining, and task organized to the mission at hand as required by ground combatant commanders.

Media interested in covering the exercise should contact MEB public affairs officer, Capt. Staci Reidinger, at staci.reidinger@usmc.mil or at (760)763-7047. The I MEB public affairs office will also provide military news coverage that will be distributed via www.dvidshub.net, the I MEB website, and on the I MEB Facebook and Twitter sites.