U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Chance Sabol, peers through an optic during Exercise Archipelago Endeavor 23 in Sweden on Sept. 11, 2023.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Robert White, FASTEUR, conducts a live fire exercise with Bosnian police officers at a shooting range in Sarajevo
Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 271 interact with members of the U.S. House of Representatives at a static display
Marines with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit engage targets while training with Italian Marines during an integrated live-fire sniper range exercise.
Marines with 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit go over patrol tactics before executing small unit leader training during a Norwegian Bilateral Exercise
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepares to depart the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), Mediterranean Sea, July 28, 2023.
U.S. Marines ride in combat raiding rafts while conducting launch and recovery training in Souda Bay, Greece on July 13, 2023.
The MEB Command Element (CE) provides a Marine Air Ground Task Force /Joint Task Force(MAGTF/JTF)-capable headquarters that can rapidly deploy and when directed composites with naval and / or land-based forward-deployed and/or rapidly deployable forces to form a MAGTF or the core element of a JTF headquarters in order to fulfill Geographic Combatant Commander (GCC) operational requirements.
Marines and Sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), embarked on the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), concluded exercise Northern Coasts 2023, a multinational naval exercise series in the Baltic Sea region, Sept. 4-22, 2023.
The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) Bravo Command Element, arrived in Riga, Latvia for a routine and scheduled port visit, Sept. 7, 2023.
Marines and Sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)), embarked on the USS Mesa Verde, with attached elements of Italian Marines from the San Marco Brigade, concluded a successful bilateral training exercise with Brigade North Norwegian Soldiers, aimed at enhancing their warfighting lethality and interoperability with our ally and partners above the Arctic Circle, from Aug. 5 – 21, 2023.
Elements of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s (Special Operations Capable) (MEU(SOC)) Bravo Command Element are training alongside Norwegian Soldiers, from Brigade North, and Italian Marines, from San Marco Brigade, during a Norwegian bilateral training exercise.
Brigadier General (BGen) Andrew T. Priddy is currently serving as the Commanding General of 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) and the Deputy Commanding General of II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF). Born in Michigan and raised in Channahon, Illinois, BGen Priddy received his commission in 1995 from the United States Naval Academy and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering.
Colonel Shea is currently serving as the Chief of Staff for 2nd MEB. Colonel Shea was commissioned from the United States Military Academy in 1999.
As a company grade officer, his operational assignments include: Rifle Platoon Commander and Combined Anti-Armor Platoon Commander with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines (Unit Deployment Program and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 1) and weapons Company and Company A Commander with 1st Battalion, 8th Marines (Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 06-08.2 and 9-1).
Sergeant Major Mendez is currently serving as the Sergeant Major for 2d MEB. Sergeant Major Mendez is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1997. Upon completion of recruit training at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina, Private First Class Mendez reported to the School of Infantry where he earned the MOS 0311 and was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal.