MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – High ranking U.S. Special Operations Command and Marine Corps personnel gathered alongside community leaders to commemorate the new U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command Headquarters building during a ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 20, on Stone Bay here.
During the ceremony, Gen. James Amos, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps was presented with a KA-BAR knife and Adm. Eric T. Olson, commander of U.S. SOCOM, was presented with a Marine Raider Stiletto to cut the ribbon.
"What you see behind you is a truly powerful manifestation of what can happen when two organizations like the United States Special Operations Command and the United States Marine Corps combine resources, combine energy to contribute to the capabilities of a most important organization like the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command with a most important mission at this time in our history," Olson said in reference to the new facility.
The facility cost more than $51 million and took 500 personnel to build. The construction of the facility began in January 2007 and reached completion Sept. 6.
The facility's construction was part of a $259 million project meant to reach completion in 2010. The project is a long-term military construction plan to provide MARSOC with extensive, multi-faceted and functional compounds on Marine Corps Bases Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Camp Pendleton, Calif.
The new facilities consolidate Marines in MARSOC who previously were divided between 112 different facilities into 45. The facilities being constructed at Stone Bay include three barracks, 17 training facilities, 15 work facilities, and 10 miscellaneous facilities.
Prior to the ribbon cutting, Maj. Gen. Mastin M. Robeson passed the reigns of command to Maj. Gen. Paul E. Lefebvre, making him the third commander of MARSOC.
After the change of command, Robeson retired from the Marine Corps after 34 years of service.Date: 12.03.2009
Maj. Gen. Mastin M. Robeson relinquished command of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command to Maj. Gen. Paul E. Lefebvre, during a change of command ceremony in front of the MARSOC Headquarters building on Stone Bay here, Nov. 20. Lefebvre is taking command of MARSOC after serving as the deputy commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary ForceTaken: 12.03.09
The 1st Provisional Marine Brigade was created in Charleston South Carolina in July 1941 in a period of 15 days to take over garrison duties from British and Canadians troops in Iceland. US forces comprised the 6th Marine Regiment, 5th Defense Bn., and 2nd Bn., 10th Marine Regiment. The unit returned to the United States in early 1942 where it was disbanded in New York City on 25 March 1942 and resumed its assignment with the 2nd Marine Division. The link is posted below.
A U.S. Marine just after landing on shore at Jongsa-dong beach in Republic of Korea, Oct. 31, 1998. The 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Corp landed on the beach via helicopter and Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) Amphibious Vehicles in support of Foal Eagle '98. Foal Eagle '98 is a deployment exercise that takes place once a year in Korea.
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CAMP HANSEN, Okinawa, Japan (March 10, 2009) – Marines and sailors with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to board a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (Reinforced) to conduct a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel mission during Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise 2009. MEUEX simulates operations in a field environment, focusing on mission planning, communications and the essential maritime operations the MEU is responsible for while deployed throughout the Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jason Spinella)
CHINHAE, Republic of Korea (March 9, 2009) Marines from the Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC), home ported in Norfolk, Va., charge downhill to defend against a simulated perimeter breech of the base fence line during a base defense drill during Exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2009, an annual joint exercise involving forces from both the United States and the Republic of Korea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bobbie G. Attaway/Released)
RODRIGUEZ RANGE, Republic of Korea (March 10, 2009) A Marine from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) uses the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System during a simulated force-on-force military operations on urban terrain exercise during Exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2009. The annual joint exercise involves forces from the U.S. and the Republic of Korea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Bobbie G. Attaway/Released)
2/1/2009 SOUTH CHINA SEA -- Reconnaissance Marines with the Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct small arms live fire drills on the flight deck of the forward–deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) Feb. 1. The ARP performed the live fire drills to hone their marksmanship skills in preparation for exercise Cobra Gold in Thailand.
SUBIC BAY, Republic of the Philippines (April 14, 2009) - Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) disembark Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1627 for a Balikatan 09 training exercise. Essex is participating in Balikatan 2009, an annual combined, joint-bilateral exercise involving U.S. Military and Armed Forces of the Philippines personnel as well as subject matter experts from Philippine Civil Defense Agencies
FIVE HILLS TRAINING AREA, Mongolia (Aug. 14, 2009) U.S. Marines from 1st Platoon, Company E, 3rd Assault Amphibious Battalion, 1st Marine Division fire M4 carbines at the Five Hills Training Area as part of Khaan Quest 2009 in Mongolia. The Marines practiced field fire techniques to demonstrate for the Mongolian Armed Forces. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nathan McCord)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 6, 2009) - Lance Cpl. Brandon L. Crevling rappels from a helicopter parked on USS Bonhomme Richard's flight deck to an elevator platform three stories below. Crevling serves with Battalion Landing Team 2/4, the ground combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which deployed Sept. 24. (USMC Photo by Cpl. Jeffrey Belovarac)
CAMP FUJI, Japan (Nov. 4, 2009) - Marines from Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, fire an M2 .50 caliber machine gun during a crew-served weapons shoot. Marines and Sailors from the battalion sharpened their accuracy using the M2’s traversing and elevating mechanism to get rounds on targets. The regiment is participating in an Artillery Relocation Training Exercise. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Marc Ayalin)
Gunnery Sgt. Shawn D. Angell is a drill instructor at the Officer Candidate School aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., dedicated to training, educating, evaluating and screening the many candidates who go through the course and turning them into Marine leaders.
A Marine with 7th Battalion 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force rappels from a CH-46E “Sea Knight” with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force to complete requirements for the helicopter rope suspension techniques course, here Oct. 28. The Marines rappelled during both day and night conditions for the final parts of the course. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher O’Quin
Sgt. Thomas E. Bahr, student and loadmaster with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, watches from the rear ramp of a KC-130J Hercules plane as an MV-22 Osprey refuels midflight above the Barry M. Goldwater Range east of the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz., Oct. 31, 2009, during the final exercise of the Weapons and Tactics Instructors course. During the exercise, Hercules planes and crew refueled other aircraft midflight, simulated supply air drops and transported personnel and equipment. Students of the biannual course, run by Yuma-based Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, graduated Nov. 1 and will return to their units to serve as instructors on the latest aviation tactics. Bahr, 24, is a native of Rochester, Mich. The squadron is based in Cherry Point, N.C. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Bill Lisbon
Cpl. Michael Kempker, a point man with Company B, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, kneels to shoot toward an explosion caused by a mock mortar round during immediate action drills at Range 800, Oct. 19. The drills were part of a live fire-ambush in preparation for a deployment next year. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Eugenio Montanez
Machine guns fire red tracer rounds at enemy vehicles with an illumination flare overhead.