ST. GEORGE – Marines and sailors from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit will be training in areas surrounding St. George March 20-23 to ready the unit for its deployment later this year.
Similar to last year when the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit performed training exercises in St. George, the unit will fly personnel and equipment in Marine aircraft into St. George to conduct training exercises in the adjacent areas. To ensure the training is realistic, some flights will occur after darkness, increasing local air traffic. Training in this area supports mission-essential tasks and provides a unique dimension of urban realism.
This training will enhance Marines’ combat skills in a simulated urban environment similar to those they may find during combat missions. This military exercise is conducted to maintain a high level of combat readiness for those deploying with the 11th MEU.
The units are sensitive to the impact this exercise may have on local citizens. Measures will be taken to reduce the amount of noise associated with this training, but residents near the exercise may hear the sound of helicopters and weapons fire.
All aspects of this training have been coordinated with the federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to ensure the training will be carried out safely.
The Marines respectfully request that local citizens who find themselves near the training venues keep a safe distance for themselves and for the safety of the service members.
The mission of the 11th MEU is to provide a rapid-response force capable of conducting conventional amphibious and selected maritime operations from the sea, surface or air.
“This is an opportunity to exercise the capability we bring to our nation’s leaders,” Col. Matthew Trollinger, the unit’s commanding officer, said. “The MEU is integral to the Marine Corps’ commitment to provide a flexible and scalable response to today’s crisis, with today’s forces, today.”
The MEU is composed of a command element and three major subordinate elements; they are Battalion Landing Team 2/1, Marine Medium Tilt Squadron 163 and Combat Logistics Battalion 11, the ground, aviation and logistic elements respectively.