Family & Friends Update
"From 10 July through 19 August, 8th Marines deployed to Twenty-nine Palms, California in order to conduct Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) 5-17. During the exercise, 8th Marines served as the Command Element for Marine Air-Ground Task Force 8 (MAGTF-8), a team comprised of 20 separate units from each of the three Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) in the Marine Corps. In less than 10 days, MAGTF-8 received over 4,000 Marines, Sailors, civilians and military working dogs, integrating every capability within the MAGTF. MAGTF-8 conducted numerous live-fire events, military operations on urban terrain, and combined arms training with armored vehicles, artillery, and close air support working in close concert toward a common goal. Immediately following ITX, 8th Marines served as the Ground Combat Element (GCE) in support of Large Scale Exercise 2017 (LSE 17). LSE 17, headquartered by the 2d Marine Division headquarters, assessed II Marine Expeditionary Force's ability to integrate aviation, ground, and logistics elements and conduct conventional operations against a near-peer enemy. Overall, every Marine and Sailor from 8th Marines contributed towards improving our ability to perform across the range of military operations. You should be extremely proud of your husband, wife, father, mother, daughter, or son. I am.
Beginning at 1630 on 1 September, Marines and Sailors will enjoy a well-deserved 96-hour liberty period. Each member of the 8th Marines’ team plays an important role and it is absolutely necessary that every Marine and Sailor return at 0730 on 6 September. Please help me ensure every Marine and sailor enjoys their time off and is ready to come back to work healthy and ready. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Over the coming weeks, Marines and Sailors from 8th Marines will form the command element of Task Force Southwest, Rotation 2, a team tasked with training, advising and assisting elements of the Afghan National Army and Police. During this time of transition, the 8th Marine Regiment Family Readiness Officer, Military Family & Life Counselor, and Chaplain will remain fully engaged with the families of 8th Marines, continuing to serve as an arch of support and source of information for all involved. Do not hesitate to contact the 8th Marines Family Readiness Officer if you have any questions about our upcoming training or operations."
Colonel John Armellino
Commanding Officer, 8th Marine Regiment