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U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Drew Howell, a landing support specialist with Detachment 1, Combat Logistics Battalion 25, 4th Marine Logistics Group chains a high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle onto a rail car during exercise Dynamic Cape (DC 21.1) on April 12, 2021 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. DC 21.1 is a command and control exercise simulating a contested environment to enhance operational readiness between II Marine Expeditionary Force partner nations and other Department of Defense entities. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Adaezia Chavez)

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Supply and Demand, II MEF conducts Operational Logistics Exercise

16 Apr 2021 | Sgt. Jesus Sepulveda Torres 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade

U.S. Marines with II Marine Expeditionary Force began Dynamic Cape 21.1, a live maritime prepositioning exercise that includes an Operational Logistics Exercise with a subsequent final exercise event, taking place from Apr. 7-28, 2021.
As a part of DC 21.1, 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, II MEF, and Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, are participating in an OPLOGEX taking place across the eastern United States.
Locations hosting the exercise include Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, Wilmington, North Carolina; and Blount Island, Florida.
During the OPLOGEX, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps forces will transport materiel and equipment on rail and ship and conduct pier-side offload of the USNS Williams at Blount Island Command, Florida. II MEF will also maintain an element in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to command and control the offload while rehearsing the command’s ability to deploy, employ, and redeploy a forward element.
This exercise facilitates the rapid deploy-ability of scalable naval expeditionary forces in support of major combat operations. Marines and sailors train to increase critical expeditionary capabilities and facilitate bridging the seam between operations on land and sea.
U.S. Marine Corps Col. David R. Everly, the commanding officer of 2d MEB, said units are prepared to coordinate and respond to any situation when it comes to logistics.
"They’re ready to respond to any crisis,” he said. “An exercise like this is just another opportunity for us to show that we have a focus on all different spectrum of challenges that are hitting us, and we’re ready to respond.”
The OPLOGEX provides an opportunity for II MEF to develop, refine, and test portions of theater opening and force deployment processes to gain MEF-level warfighting proficiency and readiness.