A long-range raid is an operation to complete a mission that takes place over the horizon. It is out of the battlespace of the regular missions and outside the reach of ground vehicles. Usually, it is done by air when you want to get your men in and out in a hurry. A Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (MEUEX) is one of the six training evolutions a MEU must go through to be ready for its final certification exercise, which will certify the MEU for action.
After the MEUEX, the commander will learn either that his unit has successfully completed certification or that certain corrective actions must be accomplished or re-accomplished to earn it. This training enabled Marines from a wide array of occupational specialties to come together and work as a Marine Air-Ground Task Force, incorporating each individual’s professional expertise in preparation for the MEU’s upcoming deployments. Here, U.S. Marine Corps infantry troops load-up on MV-22B Osprey tiltrotors and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters to conduct a MEUEX and a Long Range Raid Exercise on October 2016. It’s clear what these two battlefield mobility workhorses are meant for the U.S. Marine Corps.
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