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Marine Forces Pacific
MARFORPAC insignia.gif
MARFORPAC insignia
Active
Country United States
Branch USMC
Size 84,000 Marines and sailors
Part of United States Pacific Command
Garrison/HQ Camp H. M. Smith
Motto Forward...from the sea
Colors Marine Corps Colors
Commanders
Current
commander
Keith J. Stalder

Marine Forces Pacific (MarForPac) are the forces from the United States Marine Corps that fall under the United States Pacific Command. It is the largest field command in the Marine Corps. Headquartered at Camp H. M. Smith in Hawaii, it commands all Marine Corps bases and stations in the Pacific and on the West Coast of the United States.

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Organization

The Marine Forces, Pacific, is composed of two Marine Air-Ground Task Forces (MAGTF): the I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) and the III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF). Each MEF comprises a command element (CE), a ground combat element (GCE), an aviation combat element (ACE), and a logistics combat element (LCE). MarForPac is a subordinate command under the Fleet Marine Force, Pacific (FMFPac).

Mission

Marine Forces Pacific is responsible for amphibious actions and typical Marine missions in the Pacific Theatre (Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, China, Vietnam, Australia...). Marine forces can work in coordination with the other components of the United States Pacific Command, such as the United States Army Pacific, the United States Pacific Fleet, the Pacific Air Forces, Special Operations Commands in the area. Marine Forces Pacific area of operations also covers the Middle East with the subordinate Marine Forces Central Command.

Longstanding missions for MarForPac include the defense of South Korea and Japan and also the U.S. West Coast and Alaska. Marine Forces Pacific also provides combat units to support Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. They also have Marine Expeditionary Units embarked to counter threats to the interests of the United States of America.

Former Commanders

Lt. Gen. John F. Goodman
Lt. Gen. Wallace C. Gregson
Lt. Gen. Earl B. Hailston
Lt. Gen. Frank Libutti
Lt. Gen. Carlton W. Fulford Jr.

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