2nd Marine Division is a multi-role, expeditionary ground combat force. The Division is employed as the ground combat element (GCE) of II MEF or may provide task-organized forces for assault operations and such operations as may be directed. The 2nd Marine Division must be able to provide the ground amphibious forcible entry capability to the naval expeditionary force (NEF) and to conduct subsequent land operations in any operational environment.
As decades-long partners, the United States and the Netherlands have maintained relations through thick and thin, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Both countries have been quick to adapt their military training procedures to uphold COVID-19 guidelines, while maintaining a high level of mission readiness and combat effectiveness. In March 2021, 2d Reconnaissance (Recon) Battalion, 2d Marine Division, hosted the 32nd Raiding Squadron (RSQN) for Exercise Caribbean Urban Warrior.
Marines commanded by 2d Marine Regiment executed a Line of Sight Communications Exercise that focused on the readiness of the AN/MRC-142D multi-channel radio system and the Tactical Elevated Antenna Mast System (TEAMS) on Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 17-19, 2021. Although the exercise was centered on both radio and antenna employment, the main focus was the development of teams at the sergeant and below level.
On Feb. 17, 2021, Marines and Sailors of 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment (1/2), 2d Marine Division returned from a paradigm shifting deployment in the vast and exotic training areas of Japan. During a year marred by the effects of COVID-19, the battalion successfully deployed to Okinawa, Japan in the Fall of 2020, as part of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP).
In March of 2020, while attached to Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine regiment, 2d Marine Division (2d MarDiv) Hospitalman Gilbert Gonzalez, a native of La Palma, C.A., demonstrated his dedication and passion as a U.S. Navy corpsmen. It was on Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., where Gonzalez developed his reputation for being calm and collected while providing medical support during high intensity training. The corpsman was attentive and detail oriented while administering acute concussion evaluations to .Marines in the field.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Albert P. Gettings who served with Fox Company, 2d Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, is commemorated by Fox Company, 2d Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division at Camp Lejeune on Jan. 15, 2021. First Sgt. Adrian Munoz read Gettings’ Silver Star citation prior to a CrossFit workout known as the “Bert” Workout of the Day. Marines conducted the workout which consists of burpees, push-ups, lunges, squats, and running. During the workout, the Marines were constantly reminded to keep pushing through the pain and give their all “just as Cpl. Gettings did.”
In a time of mass foreclosures and setbacks, 2nd Marine Division’s drive to remain America’s force in readiness has not wavered. On December 12, 2020, Marines and Sailors of India Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment (V3/6), 2nd Marine Division (2d MARDIV) conducted a live-fire company battle course for the opening of range Golf-36 (G-36). G-36 is Camp Lejeune’s newest and most challenging range to date, and the first of it’s kind on the installation.
Major General Frank Donovan recently completed a two-year assignment as the Assistant Commanding
Brigadier General Calvert L. Worth hails from St. Louis, Mo. and is a 1989 graduate of the
Sergeant Major Daniel L. Krause enlisted in the Marine Corps in May 1993 and began Recruit Training
Command Master Chief Rebana enlisted in the United States Navy in April 1994from San Diego, CA.