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Lejeune Marines start new rotation of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa

By Sgt. Ed Galo | Marine Forces Europe and Africa | January 24, 2014

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Lieutenant Colonel Trevor Hall, commanding officer, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14.1, talks to the Marines with the task force after a three-mile motivational run aboard Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, January 10, 2014. Established in 2010, the task force is charged with supporting United States Africa Command and Marine Corps Forces Africa’s theater security cooperation requirements to strengthen the defense capabilities of African states and regional organizations, deter and defeat transitional threats and strengthen the ability to conduct good governance and development.

Lieutenant Colonel Trevor Hall, commanding officer, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14.1, talks to the Marines with the task force after a three-mile motivational run aboard Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, January 10, 2014. Established in 2010, the task force is charged with supporting United States Africa Command and Marine Corps Forces Africa’s theater security cooperation requirements to strengthen the defense capabilities of African states and regional organizations, deter and defeat transitional threats and strengthen the ability to conduct good governance and development. (Photo by Sgt. Ed Galo)


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Major General Raymond C. Fox, the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force and the commander of United States Marine Forces Africa, talks to Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 13.1 aboard Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy. During his visit to the air station, Fox spoke to the Marines about the importance of their mission in Africa.

Major General Raymond C. Fox, the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force and the commander of United States Marine Forces Africa, talks to Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 13.1 aboard Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy. During his visit to the air station, Fox spoke to the Marines about the importance of their mission in Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Ed Galo)


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Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14.1 go on a three-mile motivational run aboard Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, January 10, 2014. Established in 2010, the task force is charged with supporting United States Africa Command and Marine Corps Forces Africa’s theater security cooperation requirements to strengthen the defense capabilities of African states and regional organizations, deter and defeat transitional threats and strengthen the ability to conduct good governance and development.

Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14.1 go on a three-mile motivational run aboard Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, January 10, 2014. Established in 2010, the task force is charged with supporting United States Africa Command and Marine Corps Forces Africa’s theater security cooperation requirements to strengthen the defense capabilities of African states and regional organizations, deter and defeat transitional threats and strengthen the ability to conduct good governance and development. (Photo by Sgt. Ed Galo)


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SIGONELLA, Italy --

Marines and sailors originally with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., arrived at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, Jan. 8, 2014, to assume the new rotation of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa.

Within their first week aboard the air station, the Marines of SP-MAGTF Africa 14 conducted a transfer-of-authority with their predecessors, trained together on a three-mile motivational run, and met with Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox, the commander of U.S. Marine Forces Africa.

Established in 2011, the task force is charged with supporting U.S. Africa Command and Marine Corps Forces Africa’s theater security cooperation requirements to strengthen the defense capabilities of partner states and regional organizations, deter and defeat transnational threats, and strengthen the ability to conduct good governance and development.

“Our goal is to enhance the defense capabilities of African nations, leading to better regional stability,” said Lt. Col. Trevor Hall, the commanding officer of SP-MAGTF Africa 14. “In addition, it's imperative that we seek to strengthen our working relationships with the partner-nation militaries to ensure enduring partnerships.”

This rotation is the first iteration to be sourced by an active duty unit. Previously, the task force was manned with Marines from various units within the Marine Corps Forces Reserve.




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