The Marine Corps will form a new land-based unit in the Middle East during fiscal year 2015 that is designed to respond to crises in the region, including emergencies at embassies, sources have told Marine Corps Times.
About 1,900 Marines and sailors will form Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Central Command during fiscal year 2015. The unit will be land-based, similar to the Spain-based SPMAGTF Crisis Response, but the exact location — or locations — where they’ll be based in the Middle East is still being determined, said Lt. Col. Joe Kloppel, a spokesman with Marine Corps Forces Central Command.
“The [Marine Corps] intends to source and deploy SPMAGTF-CENT, which consists of a command element, ground combat element, aviation combat element and logistics combat element providing CENTCOM with a flexible, self-deploying and self-sustaining option for responding to these emergent threats,” Kloppel said. […]