26th Marine Expeditionary Unit
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Our Mission

Since World War II, in nearly every crisis, the United States Marine Corps has deployed projection forces, with the ability to move ashore with sufficient sustainability for prolonged operations. These forces have been organized into Marine Air Ground Task Forces (MAGTF), a combination of air, ground and support assets. MAGTFs are established for specific missions, or in anticipation of a wide range of possible missions. Combining air, ground and logistic assets maximizes the combat power of each of the war fighting elements. MAGTFs have long provided the United States with a broad spectrum of response options when U.S. and allied interests have been threatened and in non-combat situations that require instant response to crisis. Selective, timely and credible commitment of air-ground units have, on many occasions, helped bring stability to a region and sent signals worldwide to aggressors that the United States is willing to defend its interests, and it is able to do so with a significantly powerful force on extremely short notice.



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The Frozen Few
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit
Feb. 14, 2021 | 3:10
The Frozen Few
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit
Feb. 14, 2021 | 3:10
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The Frozen Few
26 MEU is ready, relevant, and capable
26 MEU Marines finish combat fitness test
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Marine breaks state records through strength, dedication
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducts Change of Command Ceremony
A Certain Force in an Uncertain World
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit Deployment 2019-2020
Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit train in sea control with AC-130W in Arabian Gulf
26th MEU trains ashore in the United Arab Emirates
MRF helo-casts in Arabian Gulf
26th MEU trains in amphibious operations on Saudi Arabian islands
ARGMEUs operate in the air, on the land, from the sea
26th MEU Marines conduct bilateral training in Ras Al-Khair, Saudi Arabia
BLT 2/8 conducts TRAP training in Ras Al-Khair, Saudi Arabia
A Certain Force in an Uncertain World
COMPTUEX a Success!
U.S. Marines and Sailors aboard the USS New York (LPD 21) Remember 9/11
Amphibious Ready Group, Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise 2019
Col Hall 26th MEU Discipline video



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Unit Leaders

Colonel Dennis W. Sampson
Commanding Officer, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Born in Oceanside, California, Colonel Sampson is a third generation United States Marine raised in

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Lieutenant Colonel Christopher C. Neal
Executive Officer, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Lieutenant Colonel Neal initially enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1998 as an Aviation Supply

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Sergeant Major Clement C. Pearson Jr.
Sergeant Major, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Sergeant Major Pearson reported to MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina in December 1991 for recruit

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