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Deployments in the Persian Gulf

Marines from Task Force Tarawa hand out food and supplies to Iraqi citizens near Nasiriya.  
2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade

Home camp: Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Deployed to: The brigade left Camp Lejeune on January 15, 2003, for Kuwait. The brigade returned home on June 22, 2003.

Units: The 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade is comprised of the 2nd and 8th Marine Regiments, which include infantry, tank, reconnaissance and anti-aircraft battalions, and Marine Aircraft Group 29. The brigade came ashore on the amphibious assault ships USS Saipan, USS Bataan and USS Kearsarge, amphibious transport dock ship USS Ponce, amphibious support ship USS Portland and dock landing ships USS Gunston Hall and USS Ashland.

Duties: The Marines and ships comprise what the Marine Corps calls an Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), in the current case named Task Force Tarawa. The 2nds Expeditionary Brigade consists of the following:

• A Command Element
• Regimental Combat Team 2, a ground combat element built on an infantry regiment
• Marine Aircraft Group 29, an aviation combat element that can conduct offensive air and assault support, electronic warfare, control of aircraft and missiles, anti-air warfare and air reconnaissance.
• Combat Service Support Battalion 22, a brigade service support group, which can logistically support 30,000 Marines and sailors.

After arriving in Kuwait on February 15, Marine Aircraft Group 29 left the 2nd MEB to augment the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force's (MEF) aviation combat element, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

Combat Service Support Battalion 22 (CSSB), also went to the 1st MEF to augment the 1st Force Service Support Group, the MEF's combat service support element.

Regimental Combat Team 2, along with the 2nd MEB's command element and with CSSB-22 in direct support, formed Task Force Tarawa and became one of the 1st MEF's ground combat units. The 2nd MEB helped capture the cities of Nasiriya, Amara, Diwaniya and Kut, and defeated the Iraqi army's 11th Infantry Division and remnants of the Iraqi 51st Mechanized Infantry Division and assorted paramilitary units.

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