Lt. Gen. Brian Beaudreault, II MEF's commanding general, told reporters Friday that if U.S. troops are called up to respond to a crisis in Europe, his Marines are going.‘We're not just saying we can go do it,’ he said.‘We're demonstrating we're ready to go do it.’
The exercise ran for nearly six weeks, stretching from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia up to Fort Drum in New York. Troops from several other countries participated in the exercise, including Norway, the United Kingdom and Canada.
The Navy's 2nd Fleet also participated, and Beaudreault called the naval integration portion of the exercise one of the most important pieces.
Marine Expeditionary Force.
An act of practicing the skills that a unit or sub-unit will be required to carry out on operational service.
Russian President Vladimir Putin scrambled Russian military forces for a massive military exercise across the vast country.