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MAGTF Composition

Last Revised: January 23, 2015, 9:57 am
Overview: 

Our Corps’ task is to organize for combat in accordance with our statutory mandate to provide forces of combined arms, including aviation, by forming integrated combined arms MAGTFs. As the name indicates, the organization of the MAGTFs is specific to the tasks-at-hand and is mission-tailored for rapid deployment by air and/or sea. No matter what their mission or mode of deployment may be, the MAGTFs are comprised of four deployable elements supported from our bases and stations.

COMMAND ELEMENT (CE)

The CE contains the MAGTF headquarters and other units that provide operations, intelligence, logistics, communications, and administrative support. As with all other elements of the MAGTF, the CE is scalable and task organized to provide the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, and joint interoperability necessary for effective planning and execution of operations.

GROUND COMBAT ELEMENT (GCE)

The GCE is task organized to conduct ground operations to support the MAGTF mission. The GCE includes infantry, artillery, reconnaissance, armor, light armor, assault amphibian, engineer, and other forces as needed. The GCE can vary in size and composition, and its makeup can range from a light, air-transportable reinforced company to a relatively heavy, mechanized unit that includes one or more Marine divisions, or any other type of ground combat unit that meets the demands of a particular mission.

AVIATION COMBAT ELEMENT (ACE)

The ACE conducts offensive, defensive, and all other air operations to support the MAGTF mission. The ACE is task organized to perform the six functions of Marine aviation required to support the MAGTF mission — assault support, anti-air warfare, offensive air support, electronic warfare (EW), control of aircraft and missiles, and aerial reconnaissance – which could include aviation support to Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations. The ACE forms around an aviation headquarters with appropriate air control agencies, combat, combat support, and combat service support units. The ACE can vary in size and composition from an aviation detachment of specifically required aircraft, to one or more Marine Aircraft Wings (MAWs) consisting of multiple fixed, tilt-rotor, and rotary wing aircraft of several types and capabilities.

LOGISTICS COMBAT ELEMENT (LCE)

The LCE is task organized to provide the full range of combat logistics functions and capabilities necessary to maintain the continued readiness and sustainability of the MAGTF as a whole. LCEs form around a combat logistics headquarters, and may vary in size and composition from a support detachment to, one or more Marine Logistics Groups (MLG).

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