Friday, January 22, 2016

USMC Combined Arms Company is born!

via DVIDS.
The mechanized unit, supplemental to the Black Sea Rotational Force, arrived in Eastern Europe in August 2015 to provide reassurance to partner-nations by demonstrating the value of the U.S. commitment to security in the region.

Accompanied by roughly 160 U.S. Marines, the CAC is composed of M1A1 Abrams Tanks, M777 Howitzer artillery cannons, and light-armored vehicles. “There is no other unit in the Marines Corps like the Combined Arms Company,” said Lt. Col. Kemper Jones, commanding officer of BSRF. The unit was conceived in North Carolina, the equipment was brought overseas to Germany and transported Bulgaria, ready to meet strategic objectives and support partner-nations, Jones said.
The heavy equipment, not only a token of commitment, builds upon collective capabilities and enhances major exercises. The most recent exercise in which the CAC participated was Platinum Lion 16-2, which concluded Jan. 15, 2016.

“During Platinum Lion, we really hit the mark on what the CAC is out here to do, which is to show our NATO Allies the capabilities we can bring to the table with armor and artillery,” said Capt Dan Whitt, commander of Combined Arms Company. “We proved that we can fight effectively side-by-side with integrated combined arms.”

The CAC incorporated its assets into three multinational live-fire exercises during the six-month deployment and engaged with more than five different nations. These exercises, Whitt said, are a unique opportunity to exchange tank employment techniques, mechanized infantry tactics, and indirect fire procedures.

“The development and employment of the CAC proves the Marine Corps can build composite units quickly and effectively to meet the demand signal, Jones said.
The oncoming Combined Arms Company, commanded by Capt. Kirk Steinhorst, is sourced from1st Battalion, 10th Marines; 2nd Tank Battalion; and other augments from II Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The unit is scheduled to participate in cold weather training with partners in Latvia during the months of February and March.
This is much more like it, but you do see what's happening don't you?
Slowly but surely they're building back up to a land based MEU type force.  Stop reinventing the wheel.  Simply staff units properly and put away all this adhoc transformationalist bullshit!  Oh and if you find that you don't have enough units/forces to do the job properly then perhaps the problem isn't with the US Marines or Army...perhaps policy makers are asking to do too much with too little.  

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