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Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command

Virginia Beach, VA
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MCSCG Marine Instructor 1st. Lt. Nolan Gates observes members of the MARCENT Security Cooperation Team using interpreters to communicate with foreign security force role players during a mission support exercise held from Sept. 16-18. The exercise is designed to test the MARCENT Security Cooperation Team's application of partner nation training, advisory, assistance and assessment skills learned in an eight-week pre-deployment training package given by MCSCG.
Soldiers from the 43rd Georgian Infantry Battalion post security as another soldier attends to a simulated casualty during the Mission Rehearsal Exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany, Feb. 22. The Mission Rehearsal Exercise is a month-long culminating event in which soldiers from the 43rd Georgian Infantry Battalion are tested in their abilities before being deployed to Afghanistan.
U.S. Marines, soldiers from the 43rd Georgian Infantry Battalion and Moldovan soldiers playing the role of Afghan National Army soldiers, rush to cover after receiving simulated enemy fire during the Mission Rehearsal Exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany, Feb. 26. The exercise is a month-long culminating event in which soldiers from the 43rd Georgian Infantry Battalion are tested in their abilities before being deployed to Afghanistan.
Republic of Georgia soldiers from Alpha Company, Special Mountain Battalion search insurgents during a search and cordon mission during a training exercise aboard Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Feb. 16. The operation was a part of a month-long Mission Rehearsal Exercise prior to Georgian Battalions deploying to Afghanistan in support of International Security Assistance Force.
Col. Matt Baker, commanding officer of the Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group is awarded the Georgian Ministry of Defense medal for professional military cooperation between Republic of Georgia, United States of America and other foreign countries, as well as for participation in international peacekeeping operations, aboard Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Feb. 24.
"I accept this award on behalf of all of us here, on behalf of a great deal of hard work within the Marines of Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group, Marine Forces Europe, U.S. Army and Georgian armed forces that have been training here. It is a great honor and tribute to receive such an award," said Baker.
(From left to right) Gunnery Sgt. Ethan F. Irons, a communications chief at Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group, Chief Petty Officer Dan Luna, Naval Special Warfare Development Group, Marni Geist, Defense Language Institute, assistant professor of French, Lt. Cmdr. Christopher L. Wallace, prospective chief, Office of Security Cooperation, and Gunnery Sgt. Jacob S. Godfrey, explosive ordnance and disposal technician at MCSCG, pose for a photo after receiving certificates of completion for Defense Language Institute's French Initial Acquisition Course at the Foreign Language Center, Virginia Beach Training Detachment, February 7. After an intensive 3-month course, all of the students successfully completed their final challenge: the Oral Proficiency Interview before receiving their certificates of completion.
Sgt. Maj. Derek D. Leggett (center), took over as the Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group Sergeant Major from Sgt. Maj. Carl Gantt (right), during a relief and appointment ceremony at the Sandpiper Recreation Center on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Jan. 9, 2014. During the ceremony, the sword of office was taken from the current sergeant major by the commanding officer, Col. Matt Baker (left), signifying the relinquishing of their duty, and was then given to the incoming sergeant major. The traditional passing of the non-commissioned officer sword symbolizes the transfer of responsibility, knowledge and leadership to the new sergeant major for a unit.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Connie Bechtel, a high-intensity interval training coordinator from Camp Allen Hopkins Hall Gym in Norfolk, demonstrates an exercise to Marines from Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group, Nov. 19. The HIIT program is part of a week-long professional military education for noncommissioned officers and below to better themselves in military leadership, discipline and adherence to Marine Corps standards.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Pfc. Michael A. Roundtree, an administrative clerk with Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group, forms a platoon during a close order drill under supervision of Staff Sgt. Carlos J. Askew, a former drill instructor and current comptroller chief and with MCSCG, Nov. 19. The close order drill training is a part of a week-long professional military education for noncommissioned officers and below to better themselves in military leadership, discipline and adherence to Marine Corps standards.
Four Marines from Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group (MCSCG) graduated from an initial language acquisition course at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) Foreign Language Center (FLC), Virginia Beach Training Detachment, June 7.From left to right: Staff Sgt. Timothy Lynch, Capt. Bryant Kruse, Gunnery Sgt. Crystal Hannan and Gunnery Sgt. Kevin Kearns.
Captain Bryant Kruse, a communications officer with the Coordination, Liaison and Assessment Training (CLAT) team from Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group graduated from the Spanish language acquisition course at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) Foreign Language Center (FLC), Virginia Beach Training Detachment, June 7. Kruse is part of the CLAT team that supports U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, area of responsibility.
Staff Sgt. Timothy Lynch, an explosive ordnance and disposal team leader with the Training Instructor Group at Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group graduated from the Spanish language acquisition course at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) Foreign Language Center (FLC), Virginia Beach Training Detachment, June 7.
Gunnery Sgt. Crystal Hannan, intelligence chief with the Coordination, Liaison and Assessment Training team from Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group graduated from the Spanish language acquisition course at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) Foreign Language Center (FLC), Virginia Beach Training Detachment, June 7. Hannan is part of the CLAT team that supports U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, area of responsibility.
Corporal Kenny S. Leon, an embarkation clerk with Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group tours Gettysburg National Military Park, May 29 – 30. The unit servicemembers honored the Battle of Gettysburg’s 150th Anniversary by conducting a staff ride to study the battle’s history, leadership and military decision making lessons.
Retired Air Force Col. Fred Wieners, a licensed battlefield guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park combined his leadership experience and his academic prowess as a former instructor at the National War College to provide Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group Marines and Sailors with an exceptionally led and facilitated staff ride, May 29 – 30.
Private First Class Julio C. Santoya, an ammunition technician at Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group tours the museum at Gettysburg National Military Park, May 29 – 30. The unit servicemembers honored the Battle of Gettysburg’s 150th Anniversary by conducting a staff ride to study the battle’s history, leadership and military decision making lessons.
Retired Air Force Col. Fred Wieners, a licensed battlefield guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park combined his leadership experience and his academic prowess as a former instructor at the National War College to provide Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group Marines and Sailors with an exceptionally led and facilitated staff ride, May 29 – 30.
Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group Marines tour the museum at Gettysburg National Military Park, May 29 – 30. The unit servicemembers honored the Battle of Gettysburg’s 150th Anniversary by conducting a staff ride to study the battle’s history, leadership and military decision making lessons.
Marine Maj. Shawn Rickrode (right), the future operations officer at Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group guides students of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College on how to implement Security Cooperation into Campaign and Support Planning during Exercise Nine Innings. This exercise is the college’s capstone planning exercise. It requires the more than 200 U.S. and international field grade officers and interagency civilian students to think critically about complex regional security challenges. Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group executes and enables Security Cooperation (SC) programs, training, planning, and activities in coordination with the operating forces and Marine Air-Ground Task Forces in order to ensure unity of effort in support of U.S. Marine Corps and regional Marine Forces (MARFOR) Component Command objectives.
U.S. Marines who deployed to support the Guatemalan Military with Operation Martillo in Retalhuleu, Guatemala provided a helping hand to repair a bridge and a medical center. From left to right Marine Capt. Armando Daviu, Forward Coordination Element Task Force Martillo, Maj.  Gen. Ulises Noé Anzueto Girón, Guatemala’s minister of defense, and the U.S. ambassador to Guatemala, Arnold A. Chacon.