Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) are expeditionary quick reaction forces, deployed and ready for immediate response to any crisis, whether it be natural disaster or combat missions. MEUs are normally composed of a ground combat element, aviation combat element, and logistic combat element; as well as a company-size command element that serves as the headquarters group. This air-ground task force concept is designed to thoroughly exploit the combat power inherent in air and ground assets by closely integrating them into a single force.
The units and personnel that form a MEU rotate in a normal basis, creating the need for a cyclical training schedule to get all the elements performing in a coordinated manner. In this video, U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Maritime Raid Force conduct a raid as part of a MEU-EX, the first major exercise the MEU conducted as a composite force, as well as interoperability training at Camp Pendleton. This is how Marines train, which is the way our country’s battles are won.