About 1,100 Marines in the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force will go to the U.S.-Mexico border this week in support of troops as a caravan of Central American migrants advances, ERIKA I. RITCHIE, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER reports.
The Marines will assist the Department of Homeland Security as part of Operation Faithful Patriot, said 2nd Lt. Fredrick Walker of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 7. The Marines will provide engineering support at the border, including building temporary barriers, barricades, and fencing.
The I Marine Expeditionary Force is a Marine Air Ground Task Force of the United States Marine Corps primarily composed of the 1st Marine Division, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and 1st Marine Logistics Group. It is based at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
Department of Homeland Security as part of Operation Faithful Patriot:
- Provide engineering support at the border
- Build temporary barriers, barricades, and fencing.
- provide medical teams
- Command and control facilities
- temporary housing for Customs and Border Protection personnel and personal protective equipment
- Marine aircraft are being staged at Miramar
Department of Defense officials told FOX 5 that 1,100 members of Pendleton’s Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 7 have received orders to join the operation. They could head to the border at any time, but have not yet been sent.
The unit is waiting on Border Patrol to tell them more specifically where they need assistance, DOD officials said. The troops are mainly logistics and engineering specialists.
Over the weekend the numbers have swollen far larger than at first were being reported, now, according to FOX News the Numbers are over 12,000 and they will meet the U.S. military at the border.
h/t Task and Purpose
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