The Marine Corps reactivated the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade Command Element Nov. 20, 2012 at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
As a subordinate command of II Marine Expeditionary Force, the reactivation of the 2nd MEB Command Element is in line with the Commandant of the Marine Corps' direction to stand up a permanent command element at Camp Lejeune. The re-establishment of the permanent command element strengthens the Marine Corps' ability to prepare for and respond to crisis and contingency operations that may occur around the world.
The reactivation of 2nd MEB, commanded by Brig. Gen. John K. Love, will provide II MEF and the nation with a rapid response capability centered on a one-star staff to execute a range of missions. It will enhance the Corps' expeditionary readiness by providing a scalable, standing, joint-capable, deployment-ready headquarters element that can also enable the introduction of follow-on forces if required.
The 2nd MEB Command Element will not have permanently assigned subordinate forces, though it will establish habitual relationships with its associated major subordinate elements through planning and exercise activities. When task-organized for crisis and contingency operations and exercises, 2nd MEB will look to draw its aviation, ground, and logistics elements from II MEF to form a Marine Air-Ground Task Force.
In September, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus presented the highly esteemed Presidential Unit Citation to 2nd MEB for outstanding performance in action against enemy forces while designated as MEB-Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from May 2009 to April 2010.
Second MEB conducts the semi-annual Exercise Atlantic Response in North Carolina, and is the Landing Force for the annual Exercise Bold Alligator, the largest amphibious exercise on the east coast of the U.S.