HMLA-367 conducted its squadron training in Enhanced Mojave Viper (EMV), a combined training exercise that incorporates the close air support and ground combat element
as they simultaneously prepare for deployment.
Navy LT John Hoke, chaplain for Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 6th Marines, the ground combat element
of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), holds mass in the middle of Operation ULYSSES IV, a motorized vehicular reconnaissance of south-central Afghanistan.
(12.) Air support operations center is "the principal air control agency of the theater air control system responsible for the direction and control of air operations directly supporting the ground combat element
. It processes and coordinates requests for immediate air support and coordinates air missions requiring integration with other supporting arras and ground forces.
A MAGTF includes a command element, a ground combat element
, an aviation combat element, and a combat service support element (CSSE).
Commanded by a 3-Star general, an MEF can include one or more divisions in its ground combat element
, one or more aircraft wings in its air combat element, and one or more force service support groups in its combat service support section.
During an abbreviated turnover the Marines reconfigured the aircraft, completed all of their required in-briefing, and launched the first sortie in support of the ground combat element
within 48 hours of the aircraft arriving in Iraq.
The Gladiator will provide the Marine Corps' Ground Combat Element
with an unmanned tele-operated/semi-autonomous ground vehicle for remoting combat tasks in order to reduce risk to the warfighter and neutralize threats to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force.
Marines assigned to Battalion Landing Team (BIT), 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, the ground combat element
of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Special Operations Capable (SOC) conduct a live fire and maneuver exercise during Exercise Cobra Gold 2002.