26th Marine Expeditionary Unit
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A Certain Force In An Uncertain World
Our Mission is straight forward: While we provide a forward-deployed, flexible sea-based Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response, and limited contingency operations, to include enabling the introduction of follow-on forces and designated special operations, in support of theater requirements of the Geographic Combatant Commander (GCC), fundamentally, we must be ready, relevant, and capable of aggregating forces and deploying with limited notice as a MAGTF in support of crises, expeditionary operations on land or from the sea, or other emergent rotational requirements.

 

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A Certain Force in an Uncertain World | 26th MEU(SOC) Tri-Geographic Combatant Command 23-24 Deployment
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable)
April 19, 2024 | 9:39
A Certain Force in an Uncertain World | 26th MEU(SOC) Tri-Geographic Combatant Command 23-24 Deployment
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable)
April 19, 2024 | 9:39
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26th MEU MAGTF
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Colonel Ben Reid
Commanding Officer, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 2000, Colonel Ben Reid was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, and after completing The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course, he was assigned as a Rifle Platoon Commander in Company C, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines where he deployed as part of a Unit Deployment Program to Okinawa. In April 2002, he was assigned duties as a Weapons Platoon Commander and conducted combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM I. Following return from deployment, Colonel Reid was assigned duties at the battalion’s Assistant Operations Officer.

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Lieutenant Colonel Josef H. Wiese
Executive Officer, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Lieutenant Colonel Wiese is a native of Tacoma, Washington.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History

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Sergeant Major Christopher Taylor
Sergeant Major, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Sergeant Major Taylor began his current assignment as the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Sergeant Major on 19 April 2024.

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