Special Purpose MAGTF

 

Special Purpose MAGTF

Crisis Response-Central Command

I Marine Expeditionary Force
Mission
On order, SPMAGTF-CR-CC conducts crisis response, contingency operations, theater security cooperation, enabling operations and all other missions as may be directed throughout the CENTCOM area of operations in order to support CDR USCENTCOM requirements.
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5k Turkey Trot
Marines and Sailors deployed in the Middle East with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command pose for a group photo holding the pictures of people they represented for the race Nov. 23, 2017. Thirty-two Marines and Sailors deployed with SPMAGTF-CR-CC partnered with a non-profit organization to sponsor children with spinal bifida and cerebral palsy to raise awareness about the two conditions.
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5k Turkey Trot
U.S. Marines Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan D. Eaton (left), mobility officer, Command Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command and Sgt. Emmanuel Gonzalez (right), embarkation chief, CE, SPMAGTF-CR-CC ran the 5k Turkey Trot while deployed to the Middle East Nov. 23, 2017. Thirty-two Marines and Sailors deployed with SPMAGTF-CR-CC partnered with a non-profit organization to sponsor children with spinal bifida and cerebral palsy to raise awareness about the two conditions.
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Combat Life Savers Course
U.S Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Nefi Varela (right), Ground Combat Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, teaches U.S. Marine Sgt. Zacharie Fistick (left), Command Element, SPMAGTF CR-CC, the proper way to insert an IV needle during a Combat Life Savers Course conducted while in the Middle East Nov. 6-8, 2017. CLS is a three-day course that aims to train Marines on emergency treatment of casualties in a combat environment.
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Combat Life Savers Course
U.S Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Nefi Varela (right), Ground Combat Element, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, teaches U.S. Marine Sgt. Zacharie Fistick (left), Command Element, SPMAGTF CR-CC, the proper way to insert an IV needle during a Combat Life Savers Course conducted while in the Middle East Nov. 6-8, 2017. CLS is a three-day course that aims to train Marines on emergency treatment of casualties in a combat environment.
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Middle East Marine Corps Marathon
A service member running the 42nd Marine Corps Marathon Forward approaches the 10-mile mark of the 26.2-mile race while deployed in the Middle East Oct. 22, 2017. The Marine Corps Marathon Forward gave Marines deployed with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command the opportunity to run the ‘Peoples Marathon’ while far from home. The Marine Corps Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the world and hosts the event in forward locations to allow service members outside the United States an opportunity to compete.
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Middle East Marine Corps Marathon
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Eaton, mobility officer for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command reaches the 10-mile marker of the 42nd Marine Corps Marathon while deployed in the Middle East Oct. 22, 2017. The Marine Corps Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the world and hosts the event in forward locations to allow service members outside the United States an opportunity to compete.
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Lt. Gen. Beydler Visits SPMAGTF-CR-CC
U.S Marine Lt. Gen. William D. Beydler, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command, is briefed on the capabilities of Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 (MWSS-373), a major subordinate element of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command 17.2 while in the Middle East Oct. 24, 2017. Beydler visited MWSS-373 to listen to questions, share his guidance and discuss their daily operations.
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Lt. Gen. Beydler Visits SPMAGTF-CR-CC
U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. William D Beydler, commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command, and Sgt. Maj. William T. Thurber, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command sergeant major, inspect 3D-printed pieces of the Nibbler drone while getting briefed on the capabilities of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command 17.2’s Puller 3D Printing Lab in the Middle East Oct. 16, 2017. The “Puller Lab” can print low-cost drones that can be used by the SPMAGTF for a variety of mission enhancing tasks. Beydler and Thurber visited the Marines to listen to their questions, share his guidance and discuss their daily operations.
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Hornets Support Operation Inherent Resolve
U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornet's with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 224 taxi to the runway for takeoff in the Middle East, September 26, 2017. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command provides a broad range of crisis response capabilities throughout the U.S. Central Command area of operations by using organic aviation, logistical and ground combat assets.
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Hornets Support Operation Inherent Resolve
U.S. Marine Cpl. Keirin Ortiz, an electric power line examiner with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 224, salutes pilots as they prepare for takeoff in the Middle East on September 26, 2017. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command provides a broad range of crisis response capabilities throughout the U.S. Central Command area of operations by using organic aviation, logistical and ground combat assets.
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Destination Unknown
U.S Marines with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment evacuate a casualty during a quick reaction force exercise in in the Middle East Oct. 10, 2017. They are part of a quick reaction force that is capable of responding to developing situations on short notice. Marines with 2/7 were tasked to conduct a QRF to quickly recover simulated casualties and take them back to safety. This was the first exercise 2/7 has conducted after replacing 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment in the U.S. Central Command area of operations.
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Destination Unknown
U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment make their way toward simulated casualties during a quick reaction force exercise in the Middle East, Oct. 10, 2017. They are part of a quick reaction force that is capable of responding to developing situations on short notice. Marines with 2/7 were tasked to conduct a QRF to quickly recover simulated casualties and take them back to safety. This was the first exercise 2/7 has conducted after replacing 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment in the U.S. Central Command area of operations.
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Destination Unknown
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Dulton James with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment approaches the simulated casualties during an exercise in the Middle East, Oct. 10, 2017. He is a member of a quick reaction force that is capable of responding to developing situations on short notice. Marines with 2/7 were tasked to conduct a QRF to quickly recover simulated casualties and take them back to safety. This was the first exercise 2/7 has conducted after replacing 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment in the U.S. Central Command area of operations.
U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Gregory Melson, a crew master with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron-352, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force — Crisis Response — Central Command,  waits for the green light to cut the package free for an air delivery exercise. Air delivery is a capability SPMAGTF CR-CC can employ that allows supplies to be delivered to ground troops when they are in remote locations, increasing SPMAGTF-CR-CC’s ability to support itself in austere expeditionary environments.
Supplies From the Sky
U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Gregory Melson, a crew master with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron-352, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force — Crisis Response — Central Command, waits for the green light to cut the package free for an air delivery exercise. Air delivery is a capability SPMAGTF CR-CC can employ that allows supplies to be delivered to ground troops when they are in remote locations, increasing SPMAGTF-CR-CC’s ability to support itself in austere expeditionary environments.
U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Gregory Melson, a crew master with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron-352, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force — Crisis Response — Central Command, wears an oxygen mask at 10,000 feet during an air delivery exercise. Air delivery is a capability SPMAGTF CR-CC can employ that allows supplies to be delivered to ground troops when they are in remote locations, increasing SPMAGTF-CR-CC’s ability to support itself in austere expeditionary environments.
Supplies From the Sky
U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Gregory Melson, a crew master with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron-352, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force — Crisis Response — Central Command, wears an oxygen mask at 10,000 feet during an air delivery exercise. Air delivery is a capability SPMAGTF CR-CC can employ that allows supplies to be delivered to ground troops when they are in remote locations, increasing SPMAGTF-CR-CC’s ability to support itself in austere expeditionary environments.
U.S. Marines attached to Task Force Al Asad with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, lay expeditionary airfield matting in support of engineering operations at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, July 7, 2017. The Marines of the Engineering Detachment work daily on a variety of engineer tasks in support of the master base plan for Task Force Al Asad. Task Force Al Asad’s mission is to advise and assist   and build partner capacity with the Iraqi Security Forces in Al Anbar province in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the global coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Dave Williams)
Ousting ISIS from Al Anbar: The Advise and Assist mission of Task Force Al Asad
U.S. Marines attached to Task Force Al Asad with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, lay expeditionary airfield matting in support of engineering operations at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, July 7, 2017. The Marines of the Engineering Detachment work daily on a variety of engineer tasks in support of the master base plan for Task Force Al Asad. Task Force Al Asad’s mission is to advise and assist and build partner capacity with the Iraqi Security Forces in Al Anbar province in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the global coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Dave Williams)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Bridget Bastian and Lance Cpl. Jonathan Fer, both combat engineers attached to Task Force Al Asad with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372 ,Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, improve force protection measures by laying concertina wire at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, July 6, 2017. The Marines of the Engineering Detachment work daily on a variety of engineer tasks in support of the master base plan for Task Force Al Asad. Task Force Al Asad’s mission is to advise and assist  and build partner capacity with the Iraqi Security Forces in Al Anbar province in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the global coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Dave Williams)
Ousting ISIS from Al Anbar: The Advise and Assist mission of Task Force Al Asad
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Bridget Bastian and Lance Cpl. Jonathan Fer, both combat engineers attached to Task Force Al Asad with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 372 ,Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, improve force protection measures by laying concertina wire at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, July 6, 2017. The Marines of the Engineering Detachment work daily on a variety of engineer tasks in support of the master base plan for Task Force Al Asad. Task Force Al Asad’s mission is to advise and assist and build partner capacity with the Iraqi Security Forces in Al Anbar province in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the global coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Dave Williams)
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Christian Castilla and Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Kirkham, the combined anti-armor team platoon commander and platoon sergeant attached to Task Force Al Asad with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, conclude a training evolution with Iraqi officers with the 7th Iraqi Infantry Division at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, July 7, 2017. These Marines are part of the Task Force’s coalition security force team in charge of providing security to the base and personnel onboard. Task Force Al Asad’s mission is to advise and assist and build partner capacity with the Iraqi Security Forces in Al Anbar province in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the global coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Dave Williams)
Ousting ISIS from Al Anbar: The Advise and Assist mission of Task Force Al Asad
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Christian Castilla and Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Kirkham, the combined anti-armor team platoon commander and platoon sergeant attached to Task Force Al Asad with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, conclude a training evolution with Iraqi officers with the 7th Iraqi Infantry Division at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, July 7, 2017. These Marines are part of the Task Force’s coalition security force team in charge of providing security to the base and personnel onboard. Task Force Al Asad’s mission is to advise and assist and build partner capacity with the Iraqi Security Forces in Al Anbar province in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the global coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Dave Williams)
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Christian Castilla and Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Kirkham, the combined anti-armor team platoon commander and platoon sergeant attached to Task Force Al Asad with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, conduct a de-brief with Iraqi officers of the 7th Iraqi Infantry Division at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, July 7, 2017. These Marines are part of the Task Force’s coalition security force team in charge of providing security to the base and personnel onboard. Task Force Al Asad’s mission is to advise and assist and build partner capacity with the Iraqi Security Forces in Al Anbar province in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the global coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Dave Williams)
Ousting ISIS from Al Anbar: The Advise and Assist mission of Task Force Al Asad
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Christian Castilla and Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Kirkham, the combined anti-armor team platoon commander and platoon sergeant attached to Task Force Al Asad with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, conduct a de-brief with Iraqi officers of the 7th Iraqi Infantry Division at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, July 7, 2017. These Marines are part of the Task Force’s coalition security force team in charge of providing security to the base and personnel onboard. Task Force Al Asad’s mission is to advise and assist and build partner capacity with the Iraqi Security Forces in Al Anbar province in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the global coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Dave Williams)
U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, standby for a night battle sight zero range in the Middle East, July 5, 2017. The training checks the accuracy of the weapon’s sight alignment and ensures SPMAGTF Marines are prepared to react and respond to a variety of scenarios that may play out across the USCENTCOM area of operations. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is a well-trained crisis response unit that has the ability to project combat power over vast distances using organic aviation, logistical, and ground combat assets. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua S. McAlpine)
SPMAGTF-CR-CC Marines Stay On Target
U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, standby for a night battle sight zero range in the Middle East, July 5, 2017. The training checks the accuracy of the weapon’s sight alignment and ensures SPMAGTF Marines are prepared to react and respond to a variety of scenarios that may play out across the USCENTCOM area of operations. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is a well-trained crisis response unit that has the ability to project combat power over vast distances using organic aviation, logistical, and ground combat assets. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua S. McAlpine)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Bobby Cherries, a rifleman with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, provides security during a subject matter expert exchange with the Saudi Arabian Naval Special Forces in Saudi Arabia, May 15, 2017. The exchange proved to be an enhancing opportunity for both the U.S. and Saudi forces. Deploying U.S. Marines into the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to conduct combined military training with our partner nations’ security forces strengthens our vital relationships with partners in this important region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle McNan)
Building Partnerships through Subject Matter Expert Exchange
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Bobby Cherries, a rifleman with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, provides security during a subject matter expert exchange with the Saudi Arabian Naval Special Forces in Saudi Arabia, May 15, 2017. The exchange proved to be an enhancing opportunity for both the U.S. and Saudi forces. Deploying U.S. Marines into the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to conduct combined military training with our partner nations’ security forces strengthens our vital relationships with partners in this important region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle McNan)
U.S. Marines with Charlie Company , 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command and Saudi Arabian Naval Special Forces practice room clearing during a subject matter expert exchange in Saudi Arabia, May 15, 2017. The exchange proved to be an enhancing opportunity for both the U.S. and Saudi forces. Deploying U.S. Marines into the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to conduct combined military training with our partner nations’ security forces strengthens our vital relationships with partners in this important region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle McNan)
Building Partnerships through Subject Matter Expert Exchange
U.S. Marines with Charlie Company , 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command and Saudi Arabian Naval Special Forces practice room clearing during a subject matter expert exchange in Saudi Arabia, May 15, 2017. The exchange proved to be an enhancing opportunity for both the U.S. and Saudi forces. Deploying U.S. Marines into the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to conduct combined military training with our partner nations’ security forces strengthens our vital relationships with partners in this important region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle McNan)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Steven Rannals, a rifleman with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command provides security during a subject matter expert exchange with the Saudi Arabian Naval Special Forces in Saudi Arabia, May 17, 2017. The exchange proved to be an enhancing opportunity for both the U.S. and Saudi forces. Deploying U.S. Marines into the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to conduct combined military training with our partner nations’ security forces strengthens our vital relationships with partners in this important region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle McNan)
Building Partnerships through Subject Matter Expert Exchange
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Steven Rannals, a rifleman with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command provides security during a subject matter expert exchange with the Saudi Arabian Naval Special Forces in Saudi Arabia, May 17, 2017. The exchange proved to be an enhancing opportunity for both the U.S. and Saudi forces. Deploying U.S. Marines into the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to conduct combined military training with our partner nations’ security forces strengthens our vital relationships with partners in this important region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle McNan)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brady Post, a rifleman with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command and Saudi Arabian Naval Special Forces conduct patrols during a subject matter expert exchange in Saudi Arabia, May 16, 2017. The exchange proved to be an enhancing opportunity for both the U.S. and Saudi forces. Deploying U.S. Marines into the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to conduct combined military training with our partner nations’ security forces strengthens our vital relationships with partners in this important region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle McNan)
Building Partnerships through Subject Matter Expert Exchange
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brady Post, a rifleman with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command and Saudi Arabian Naval Special Forces conduct patrols during a subject matter expert exchange in Saudi Arabia, May 16, 2017. The exchange proved to be an enhancing opportunity for both the U.S. and Saudi forces. Deploying U.S. Marines into the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to conduct combined military training with our partner nations’ security forces strengthens our vital relationships with partners in this important region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle McNan)
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Early Mornings, Long Runways
UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, MIDDLE EAST - U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 continue repairs on a runway July, 3 2018. These Marines are a part of the airfield damage repair team and ensure the aircraft of Special Purpose Marine Air-ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command have a place to land and take off no matter where they are. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Teagan Fredericks)
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Unit News
Turkey Trot By Cpl. Jocelyn Ontiveros | November 27, 2017
Combat Life Savers Course By Cpl. Jocelyn Ontiveros | November 27, 2017
Middle East Marine Corps Marathon By Staff Sgt. Jacob D. Osborne | November 3, 2017
Fighting for Freedom By Cpl. Jocelyn Ontiveros | October 17, 2017
9/11 Memorial Ruck March By Cpl. Jocelyn Ontiveros | September 25, 2017
A Helping Hand By Staff Sgt. Jacob D. Osborne | September 24, 2017
Ousting ISIS from Al Anbar: The Advise and Assist mission of Task Force Al Asad By 1st Lt. Dave Williams | July 31, 2017
Crunching Numbers: SPMAGTF-CR-CC Comptrollers Increase Mission Capability By Cpl. Kyle McNan | July 30, 2017
Baking, Breaking Bread: SPMAGTF Food Service Marine teaches valuable skills to Iraqi Soldiers By Staff Sgt. Jennifer B. Poole | June 11, 2017
Combat Training to Combat Troops – The Advise and Assist Mission of Task Force Al-Taqaddum By Cpl. Shellie Hall | June 2, 2017
Marines with SPMAGTF-CR-CC use CBRN training in operations By Cpl. Shellie Hall | May 20, 2017
Leaders

Col. George C. Schreffler III
Commanding Officer, SPMAGTF-CR-CC
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Sergeant Major Chuong T. Nguyen
Sergeant Major, SPMAGTF-CR-CC
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