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I MEF provides the Marine Corps a globally responsive, expeditionary, and fully scalable Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF), capable of generating, deploying, and employing ready forces and formations for crisis response, forward presence, major combat operations, and campaigns. 


Covid Vaccine and the Second Shot
1st Marine Logistics Group
July 29, 2021 | 2:17
Covid Vaccine and the Second Shot
1st Marine Logistics Group
July 29, 2021 | 2:17
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Covid Vaccine and the Second Shot
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Cpl. Justin S. Sher, a 21 year old combat engineer, Marine Wing Support Squadron 273, pours concrete into a crater caused by erosion on the Camp Sinjar airstrip. These Marines are repairing the airstrip to make it capable of supporting F/A-18's. This is also the only Marine run airstrip in the Nineweh province, in support of the Marine Air Ground Task Force participating in Operation Defeat Al-Qaida in the North II.

Photo by Cpl. Sean P. McGinty

Marines Make Runway Ready For Warbirds

9 Nov 2008 | Cpl. Sean P. McGinty

When the Marines of Marine Wing Support Squadron 273 arrived here in the end of October, Camp Sinjar was little more than broken concrete strips covered with mounds of dirt surrounded by sand.

Now, the combat engineers of MWSS-273 have repaired the broken concrete, gotten rid of the piles of dirt, and Sinjar’s runway is days away from being able to support F/A-18 fighter jets.

 “We got here 12 days ago and we were able to get our runway up four days early,” said Gunnery Sgt. Delvon M. Survine, Camp Sinjar detachment staff non-commissioned officer, MWSS-273.  “My Marines got here at about three in the morning, and have been working hard ever since.”

 The airstrip serves as a supply point, staging ground, and suitable runway for the many aircraft that fly in and out of here.  The strip is already capable of supporting helicopter and C-130 Hercules traffic.

 But this runway wasn’t close to combat capable only a short while ago.

 “This runway has gone from a cracked piece of concrete covered with piles of dirt to a combat capable landing zone,” said Capt. Robert S. Bunn, detachment officer-in-charge, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367.  “The Marines here have done an excellent job.”

 The combat engineers have labored since they arrived in Sinjar to restore the runway’s capability by using heavy equipment bulldozers to move or flatten dirt mounds or hills, and by filling craters, caused by erosion or explosions, with concrete to make the airstrip safe and suitable for the aircraft that will be landing and departing from here.

 ““Anything that looks like it could be a threat we have to make sure is either gone or smooth and strong enough for the birds to land on,” said Sgt. Steven J. Smith, platoon sergeant, combat engineers, MWSS-273.  “If the ground isn’t strong, smooth or clear, a vehicle or aircraft could go down,” said Smith, a 23-year-old from Modesto, Calif.

 “If you’re operating on an established runway that has been repaired, it makes it much safer to fly on,” said Bunn, a 29 year old Cobra pilot from Dana Point, Calif.

 This runway will be the only Marine-run airstrip in Nineweh province supporting the Marine Air Ground Task Force executing Operation Defeat Al-Qaida in the North II.  What makes the runway so important is the support the air combat element will provide to the Marine air-ground team while they interdict foreign fighters and terrorists in western Nineweh.

 “The ACE will be helping the MAGTF by providing them with close air support, reconnaissance, and supply transport,” said Survine, 38, from San Francisco, Calif.  “This runway will help the Marines of the ground combat element stay in the fight.”

I MEF Leaders

Lt. Gen. Karsten "Hazel" Heckl
Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Lieutenant General Karsten "Hazel" Heckl assumed command of I Marine Expeditionary Force on 31 July 2020.A native of Stone Mountain Georgia, Lieutenant General Heckl graduated from Georgia State University and was commissioned in April 1988.  He was designated an unrestricted Naval Aviator in September 1990.Lieutenant General Heckl commanded Marine

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Brig. Gen. Ryan S. “Chick” Rideout
Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Brigadier General Rideout assumed duties as Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force in July 2021. His previous assignment was serving as Director, Military Advisor Group, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation INHERENT RESOLVE based in Baghdad, Iraq from June of 2020 to June 2021. Fleet Marine Force assignments include: Commanding

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Colonel Brian Rideout
Chief of Staff, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Colonel Rideout holds a baccalaureate degree in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Master of Science in Information Technology Management from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Master of Military Studies from Marine Corps University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.  He is a graduate

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Sgt. Maj. Terrence C. Whitcomb
Sergeant Major, I Marine Expeditionary Force

Sergeant Major Whitcomb began Marine Corps Recruit Training on 14 September 1993 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California with Company C, 1st Recruit Training Battalion.  He was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class and graduated Recruit Training on 10 December 1993. Following graduation from Recruit Training, Private First

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Command Master Chief

 Though a native of Montebello, California, Master Chief Ruiz calls Monte Vista, Colorado home.  He enlisted in the Navy in March 1991, reported to basic training at RTC Great Lakes, Illinois and completed Signalman “A” School at NTC Orlando, Florida.  After serving two tours as a collateral-duty Command Career Counselor in 2000 and 2003, he became

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