13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

 

13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

"The Fighting Thirteenth"

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element (13th MEU CE) conduct table 3 rifle training during Command Post Exercise 1 (CPX-1) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. May 12, 2015. From 11-14 May, 13th MEU CE conducted CPX-1 in order to improve unit effectiveness in the areas  of command and control, and basic field skills.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Combat Camera/ Released)
CPX-1 Table 3 Shoot
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element (13th MEU CE) conduct table 3 rifle training during Command Post Exercise 1 (CPX-1) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. May 12, 2015. From 11-14 May, 13th MEU CE conducted CPX-1 in order to improve unit effectiveness in the areas of command and control, and basic field skills. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Combat Camera/ Released)
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element (13th MEU CE) conduct table 3 rifle training during Command Post Exercise 1 (CPX-1) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. May 12, 2015. From 11-14 May, 13th MEU CE conducted CPX-1 in order to improve unit effectiveness in the areas  of command and control, and basic field skills.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Combat Camera/ Released)
CPX-1 Table 3 Shoot
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element (13th MEU CE) conduct table 3 rifle training during Command Post Exercise 1 (CPX-1) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. May 12, 2015. From 11-14 May, 13th MEU CE conducted CPX-1 in order to improve unit effectiveness in the areas of command and control, and basic field skills. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Combat Camera/ Released)
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element (13th MEU CE) conduct table 3 rifle training during Command Post Exercise 1 (CPX-1) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. May 12, 2015. From 11-14 May, 13th MEU CE conducted CPX-1 in order to improve unit effectiveness in the areas  of command and control, and basic field skills.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Combat Camera/ Released)
CPX-1 Table 3 Shoot
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element (13th MEU CE) conduct table 3 rifle training during Command Post Exercise 1 (CPX-1) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. May 12, 2015. From 11-14 May, 13th MEU CE conducted CPX-1 in order to improve unit effectiveness in the areas of command and control, and basic field skills. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Combat Camera/ Released)
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element (13th MEU CE) conduct table 3 rifle training during Command Post Exercise 1 (CPX-1) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. May 12, 2015. From 11-14 May, 13th MEU CE conducted CPX-1 in order to improve unit effectiveness in the areas  of command and control, and basic field skills.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Combat Camera/ Released)
CPX-1 Table 3 Shoot
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element (13th MEU CE) conduct table 3 rifle training during Command Post Exercise 1 (CPX-1) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. May 12, 2015. From 11-14 May, 13th MEU CE conducted CPX-1 in order to improve unit effectiveness in the areas of command and control, and basic field skills. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Combat Camera/ Released)
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element (13th MEU CE) conduct M240 and M249 familiarization training during Command Post Exercise 1 (CPX-1) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. May 13, 2015. From 11-14 May, 13th MEU CE conducted CPX-1 in order to improve unit effectiveness in the areas  of command and control, and basic field skills.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Combat Camera/ Released)
CPX-1 Table 3 Shoot
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element (13th MEU CE) conduct M240 and M249 familiarization training during Command Post Exercise 1 (CPX-1) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. May 13, 2015. From 11-14 May, 13th MEU CE conducted CPX-1 in order to improve unit effectiveness in the areas of command and control, and basic field skills. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Combat Camera/ Released)
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element (13th MEU CE) conduct M240 and M249 familiarization training during Command Post Exercise 1 (CPX-1) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. May 13, 2015. From 11-14 May, 13th MEU CE conducted CPX-1 in order to improve unit effectiveness in the areas  of command and control, and basic field skills.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Combat Camera/ Released)
CPX-1 Table 3 Shoot
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element (13th MEU CE) conduct M240 and M249 familiarization training during Command Post Exercise 1 (CPX-1) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. May 13, 2015. From 11-14 May, 13th MEU CE conducted CPX-1 in order to improve unit effectiveness in the areas of command and control, and basic field skills. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Combat Camera/ Released)
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element (13th MEU CE) conduct M240 and M249 familiarization training during Command Post Exercise 1 (CPX-1) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. May 13, 2015. From 11-14 May, 13th MEU CE conducted CPX-1 in order to improve unit effectiveness in the areas  of command and control, and basic field skills.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Combat Camera/ Released)
CPX-1 Table 3 Shoot
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element (13th MEU CE) conduct M240 and M249 familiarization training during Command Post Exercise 1 (CPX-1) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. May 13, 2015. From 11-14 May, 13th MEU CE conducted CPX-1 in order to improve unit effectiveness in the areas of command and control, and basic field skills. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Combat Camera/ Released)
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element (13th MEU CE) conduct M240 and M249 familiarization training during Command Post Exercise 1 (CPX-1) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. May 13, 2015. From 11-14 May, 13th MEU CE conducted CPX-1 in order to improve unit effectiveness in the areas  of command and control, and basic field skills.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Combat Camera/ Released)
CPX-1 Table 3 Shoot
U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Element (13th MEU CE) conduct M240 and M249 familiarization training during Command Post Exercise 1 (CPX-1) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif. May 13, 2015. From 11-14 May, 13th MEU CE conducted CPX-1 in order to improve unit effectiveness in the areas of command and control, and basic field skills. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Combat Camera/ Released)
Camp Pendleton, Calif. (May 15, 2015) - Maj. Albert Golberg, an intelligence officer with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, scored a perfect 400 on the Marine Corps Pistol Marksmanship Qualification. The New Jersey native, attributes his outstanding marksmanship to the fundamentals the Marine Corps has honed over his years of service. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers / RELEASED)
13th MEU Marine aims for marksmanship perfection
Camp Pendleton, Calif. (May 15, 2015) - Maj. Albert Golberg, an intelligence officer with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, scored a perfect 400 on the Marine Corps Pistol Marksmanship Qualification. The New Jersey native, attributes his outstanding marksmanship to the fundamentals the Marine Corps has honed over his years of service. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paris Capers / RELEASED)
Sgt. Keysean Chavers, an ammunition technician with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., during weapons familiarization portion of the MEUs Command Post Exercise 1, May 14, 2015. The exercise served to test the unit's command and control ability as well as satisfy annual training requirements.
13th MEU tackles command and control
Sgt. Keysean Chavers, an ammunition technician with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., during weapons familiarization portion of the MEUs Command Post Exercise 1, May 14, 2015. The exercise served to test the unit's command and control ability as well as satisfy annual training requirements.
Cpl. Vanessa Polanco, Marine Air-Ground Task Force Planner with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., during weapons familiarization portion of the MEUs Command Post Exercise 1, May 14, 2015. The exercise served to test the unit's command and control ability as well as satisfy annual training requirements.
13th MEU tackles command and control
Cpl. Vanessa Polanco, Marine Air-Ground Task Force Planner with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., during weapons familiarization portion of the MEUs Command Post Exercise 1, May 14, 2015. The exercise served to test the unit's command and control ability as well as satisfy annual training requirements.
Sgt. Keysean Chavers, an ammunition technician with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., during weapons familiarization portion of the MEUs Command Post Exercise 1, May 14, 2015. The exercise served to test the unit's command and control ability as well as satisfy annual training requirements.
13th MEU tackles command and control
Sgt. Keysean Chavers, an ammunition technician with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., during weapons familiarization portion of the MEUs Command Post Exercise 1, May 14, 2015. The exercise served to test the unit's command and control ability as well as satisfy annual training requirements.
Lance Cpl. Brian Bowser, an administrative specialist with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires an M240B Light Machine Gun aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., during weapons familiarization portion of the MEUs Command Post Exercise 1, May 14, 2015. The exercise served to test the unit's command and control ability as well as satisfy annual training requirements.
13th MEU tackles command and control
Lance Cpl. Brian Bowser, an administrative specialist with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fires an M240B Light Machine Gun aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., during weapons familiarization portion of the MEUs Command Post Exercise 1, May 14, 2015. The exercise served to test the unit's command and control ability as well as satisfy annual training requirements.
Mission
The 13th MEU provides a forward deployed, flexible sea-based Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations, including enabling the introduction of follow on forces and designated special operations in order to support the theater requirements of Geographic Combatant Commanders.
HISTORY

The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) was activated Feb. 1, 1985, at Camp Pendleton, Calif., as the 13th Amphibious Unit, Fleet Marine Force and assigned to I Marine Amphibious Force. The unit was redesigned on Feb. 5, 1988, as 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Between 1988 and 1995, the 13th MEU participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, from September to November 1990, and January through March 1991, respectively. The unit also participated in Operation United Shield, Somalia, from February through March 1995.

Between 1996 and 2007, the 13th MEU participated in Operation Southern Watch, Southwest Asia, in August 1996, December 1997 through  January 1998, and October through December 2000. The 13th MEU also participated in Humanitarian Assistance Operations, East Timor, in September 2000, Operation Determined Response, Yemen, from October 2000 through January 2001, and Maritime intercept operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf, in December 2000.

The 13th MEU also participated in Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, from January through May 2002 and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq, in October 2003, October through December 2005 and from June through September 2007.

Most recently, the 13th MEU deployed for eight months during West Pac 13-2 as a theater reserve and crisis response force.

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13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

P.O. Box 555363

Camp Pendleton CA, 92055