The Marine Corps has put a lot of emphasis on countering China, but tens of thousands of East Coast leathernecks have their sights set on another part of the world.
Members of II Marine Expeditionary Force wrapped up a training exercise last week that ran from North Carolina to New York. The Marines were tasked with taking back territory in a friendly country that was invaded by a near-peer adversary.
It's a scenario not unlike Russia's effective annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014.
The exercise, called Marine Expeditionary Force Exercise–or MEFEX–21.1, matches the focus that Commandant Gen. David Berger put on II MEF readying for missions in the Atlantic and Europe.
To take action in order to prevent or impede another action taking place.
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