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U.S. Africa Command

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SP-MAGTF Crisis Response Arrives in Spain

By Staff Sgt. Lukas Atwell | Marine Corps Forces Africa | June 04, 2013

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Sergeant Daniel Bell, a Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response heavy equipment operator and a Castleton, Vt. native, moves a container filled with  equipment aboard Moron Air Base, May 8. The SP-MAGTF will initially be located in Moron, Spain, within reach of the multiple regions, allowing the force to be readily available for rapid crisis response and to defend U.S. security interests. (Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caleb McDonald/Not Released)

Sergeant Daniel Bell, a Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response heavy equipment operator and a Castleton, Vt. native, moves a container filled with equipment aboard Moron Air Base, May 8. The SP-MAGTF will initially be located in Moron, Spain, within reach of the multiple regions, allowing the force to be readily available for rapid crisis response and to defend U.S. security interests. (Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caleb McDonald/Not Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Caleb McDonald)


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Sergeant Daniel Bell, a Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response heavy equipment operator and native of Castleton, Vt., maneuvers equipment aboard Moron Air Base, May 8. As Bell moves equipment to its destination, Marines and sailors quickly unstrap and account for the gear.

Sergeant Daniel Bell, a Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response heavy equipment operator and native of Castleton, Vt., maneuvers equipment aboard Moron Air Base, May 8. As Bell moves equipment to its destination, Marines and sailors quickly unstrap and account for the gear. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Caleb McDonald)


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Sergeant Daniel Bell, a Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response heavy equipment operator and native of Castleton, Vt., moves equipment to a staging area aboard Moron Air Base, May 8. Bell was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal, May 12, for his work in moving and organizing the cargo and equipment as the task force arrived. (Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caleb McDonald/Not Released)

Sergeant Daniel Bell, a Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response heavy equipment operator and native of Castleton, Vt., moves equipment to a staging area aboard Moron Air Base, May 8. Bell was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal, May 12, for his work in moving and organizing the cargo and equipment as the task force arrived. (Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Caleb McDonald/Not Released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Caleb McDonald)


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MORON DE LA FRONTERA, Spain --

Approximately 500 Marines and sailors arrived aboard Moron Air Base, May 5- 13, to serve as Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response, a new expeditionary unit positioned forward to respond to limited crisis within the Mediterranean and African area-of-responsibility.

SP-MAGTF Crisis Response is a rotational force of Marines and sailors sourced from a variety of units from II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C., temporarily positioned on Moron Air Base, Spain, capable of decisive action across a range of military operations.

“The reason we are here is to provide a scalable force to respond to unexpected crisis,” said Major Zane Crawford, the SP-MAGTF Crisis Response operations officer. “We can rapidly deploy to support missions, such as embassy reinforcement, tactical recovery of aircraft, and personnel and non-combatant evacuation operations.”

A Marine Air-Ground Task Force is a balanced, expeditionary force with built-in command, ground, aviation and logistics elements and, while this is nothing new for the Marine Corps, a SP-MAGTF is organized, trained and equipped to accomplish a specific mission, according to Crawford.

The SP-MAGTF CR gives U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa a broad range of military capabilities to respond to crises in its area-of-responsibility including conducting non-combatant evacuation, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and support to U.S. embassies, and other operations, missions and activities as directed by national and command leadership.

 



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