The Commander, Marine Forces Central Command (MARFOR CENTCOM), as the Marine Corps Service component commander for Commander, USCENTCOM, commands attached Marine, joint, and multinational forces. His mission is to—
• Advise and conduct planning in support of Commander, USCENTCOM.
• Advise component and JTF commanders on the proper employment of Marine forces.
• Deploy, employ, redeploy, and sustain forces.
• Accomplish assigned operational missions.
Marine Forces Central Command consists of a commander and staff with various divisions and coordination element(s) necessary to function as the Marine Corps Service component to USCENTCOM. Additionally, MARFOR CENTCOM includes a MEB CE forward-deployed headquarters to serve as the component command to USCENTCOM forward-deployed staff.
Headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida, MARFOR CENTCOM affects staff action required to accomplish its assigned mission and tasks, providing immediate command representation to Commander, USCENTCOM and retaining the ability to expand its capabilities, as required, to support USCENTCOM operations. The headquarters maintains a capability to deploy, as directed, to the USCENTCOM theater of operations. Personnel also perform temporary duty to coordinate operational, training, administrative, and logistic issues, as required. Headquarters, United States Marine Corps provides C2 assets, staff augmentation, and reach-back support for MARFOR CENTCOM, as required.
U.S. Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit participate in a simulated non-combatant evacuation operation during Alligator Dagger in Arta Beach, Djibouti, Dec. 21, 2017. Alligator Dagger, led by Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, is a dedicated, bilateral combat rehearsal that combines U.S. and French forces to practice, rehearse and exercise integrated capabilities available to the U.S. Central Command both afloat and ashore. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jessica Y. Lucio)