In preparation for its deployment last October, the Marine Corps' crisis response task force for Africa met and trained with Navy SEALs in Dam Neck, Va.; with the Army's 3rd Special Forces Group in Fort Bragg, N.C.; and with MARSOC Raiders aboard nearby Camp Lejeune.
And when the task force arrived in theater, forward-staged in Sigonella, Italy, and Moron, Spain, there was no question what was emerging as the most pressing mission for the unit.
"What we found during our deployment was the preponderance of our effort and focus the entirety of our deployment, seven days a week, was focused on support to special operations," Col. Dan Greenwood, the rotation's commander and commanding officer of 2nd Marine Regiment, said at a deployment debrief Thursday.
The task force returned home in April after a seven-month deployment.
Greenwood attributed the shifting focus of the task force to the influence of Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, who had recently been installed as the commanding officer of U.S. Africa Command at the start of the task force's deployment. Waldhauser, a graduate of Army Ranger school, had spent a tour as chief of staff for U.S. Special Operations command.
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