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A Marine with I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) hugs his family as he waits to depart Camp Pendleton, Calif., to deploy to Afghanistan, Jan. 4, 2014. He is one of approximately 300 Marines and sailors who make up the I MEF (Fwd) command element deploying to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. I MEF (Fwd) is scheduled to return from deployment at the end of 2014 and is the last major Marine command to deploy to Afghanistan in support of OEF.

Photo by Sgt. Jessica L. Ostroska

I MEF (Forward) deploys to Afghanistan

7 Jan 2014 | Sgt. Jessica Ostroska

Marines and sailors of the I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) command element began their deployment to Afghanistan as approximately half of the unit said good-bye to their families and friends Saturday, Jan. 4. The next group is expected to leave Jan. 12.

The I MEF (Fwd) command element is comprised of approximately 300 Marines and sailors and will operate out of Camp Leatherneck and Camp Bastion. The unit is commanded by Brigadier Gen. Daniel D. Yoo.
Upon arrival in Afghanistan, I MEF (Fwd) will assume command of Regional Command (Southwest), which is comprised of both Helmand and Nimroz provinces, and will replace the Marines and sailors of II MEF (Fwd) from Camp Lejeune, N.C. I MEF (Fwd) will be the last major Marine Corps command to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and is scheduled to return at the end of 2014.

I MEF (Fwd) will also include elements of 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Logistics Group and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and will have more than 4,000 Marines and sailors.

Video footage and photos of the deployment will be posted daily for download at I MEF (FWD) and the I MEF (FWD) DVIDs Page as well as the RC(SW) DVIDs Page.