The mission of the 2d Marine Division (2d MARDIV) is to generate, train, and certify forces in order to conduct expeditionary operations in support of II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF) campaign objectives and crisis response tasking. On order, 2d MARDIV will plan and execute Division-level ground combat element operations as part of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force or Naval Expeditionary Force.
2d Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment conduct contact drills during Mountain Warfare Training Exercise 2-23, Jan. 28, 2023.
In November 2021, the United States Marine Corps published Talent Management 2030 by U.S. Marine Corps General David H. Berger, commandant of the Marine Corps. The report outlined a way forward in providing skilled Marines new opportunities and benefits if they chose to continue service. One benefit that was identified was providing Marines the option to remain at the same duty station for longer periods of time, improving training and job credibility, increasing unit stability, and creating a better, more stable home life for the Marines and their families.
Marines with 10th Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division will conduct their annual Kings’ Games tournament on Feb. 9, 2023, at the 2d Light Armored Reconnaissance Field on Camp Lejeune to commemorate St. Barbara’s Day, the annual celebration of the patron saint of artillery.
U.S. Marines and sailors with 2d Marine Division will celebrate the 82nd birthday of the Division at Camp Lejeune on Feb. 1, 2023, with a battle colors rededication ceremony.
The United States Marine Corps is an organization that brings together Marines and Sailors from diverse cultures and backgrounds for a collective cause, to protect the Nation and assist those in need. Each year, Marines born in different countries are naturalized to become United States citizens.
On December 2, 2022, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment (V18), 2d Marine Division conducted a naturalization ceremony aboard Battleship North Carolina. Eighteen Marines from fourteen different countries were naturalized that day, making it one of the largest naturalization ceremonies ever for a Marine infantry battalion.
Four days after this historic naturalization, one of the new United States citizens, Private First Class Johvany Moize, prepared to deploy aboard the USNS Comfort, to provide humanitarian relief to Haiti, the same country where he was born and raised. Moize, a nineteen year old machine gunner with V18, grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the capital city that sits on the Gulf of Gonave.
“Seeing my community and helping them was a great feeling, I wanted to do everything to help them. Give them food, water, everything possible. I even worked outside of my duties to make sure they were taken care of.”
During this humanitarian mission, Moize was a vital asset in its success as he provided security and cleared the pier each morning of any potential threats to the immediate area. He also acted as a liaison between the Haitian National Police and the Marine Corps, helping translate between both forces to assist patients who were trying to receive medical help.
For as long as he could remember, Moize wanted to become a United States Marine. He recalls the positive impact Marines had in his childhood when a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck his hometown in Haiti, claiming the lives of over 220,000 people, and injuring many more. The earthquake left Haitians in desperate need of food, water, and shelter, as the fragile infrastructure was destroyed and turned into rubble.
“It was around 2010 there was a big earthquake, and after the earthquake the Marines came,” recalled Moize. “They gave us food and water, and helicopters came and gave us MREs. I saw that as an inspiration, I wanted to help people too. When I came to America one of my dreams was to become a Marine, because of what they did for us when I was in Haiti.”
Moize’s experience as a Marine came full circle when he reunited with his father during his deployment to Haiti with V18. “The last time I saw my dad was 7 years ago,” said Moize. “I didn’t get to see him the day I left [Haiti].”
As a result of the historic naturalization this month, Moize, one of the eighteen Marines naturalized, was able to give back to his community while embracing his legacy as a United States Marine.
Moize’s unique story is one of many Marines who immigrate to the United States in search of better opportunities.
“I still can’t believe it. It feels like I’m dreaming. I feel proud of myself. My dad is proud of me and my country is proud of me.”
As the ground combat element of II Marine Expeditionary Force, 2d Marine Division, remains a force in readiness to support global operations.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, NC – U.S. Marines from 2d Marine Division (2d MARDIV), II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF) deployed in support of Continuing Promise 2022 to provide humanitarian civic assistance to our partner nations in the Caribbean, Central and South America.