Dawn Blitz 2013 is a scenario-driven, simulation-supported amphibious exercise designed to train Expeditionary Strike Group 3 (ESG 3) and 1st
Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1st MEB). The initial, synthetic scenario occurred Jan. 28-31, 2013 and the final live phase will be conducted June 11-28. Dawn Blitz provides a robust training environment where forces plan and execute an amphibious assault from a seabase in a land-and- maritime threat environment to improve naval amphibious core competencies.
Dawn Blitz 2010 was the first MEB-level amphibious assault exercise the Marine Corps conducted since 2001. The core capability of MEB-level amphibious operations is essential to national defense. Dawn Blitz 2013 builds on Dawn Blitz 2001 and affords the Navy/Marine Corps team the opportunity to capture lessons learned, gain experience at the most junior ranks, develop Navy-Marine Corps amphibious staff expertise and test new capabilities and equipment.
Participating from the 1st MEB: Regimental Landing Team-1 from the 1st Marine Division, Combat Logistics Regiment-17 from the 1st Marine Logistics Group and Marine Aircraft Group-16 from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.