26th Marine Expeditionary Unit
A Certain Force In An Uncertain World
The 26th MEU provides 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 order to support the theater requirements of Geographic Combatant Commanders.


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Unit Leaders

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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