U.S. Marine Corps Expanding Pacific Presence

The service branch is continuing with its force distribution plan from 2019.

The U.S. Marine Corps has two force units it has added to its Pacific distribution and is rotating forces through Japan, the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii, and Australia. This provides the Corps with more agility in responding to developments in the region and makes targeting U.S. forces more complex for adversaries. The service has been in the process of decentralizing forces from Okinawa, Japan, since 2019.

Colonel Brendan Sullivan, Commanding Officer of the 1st Marine Regiment, said, “If you take a look at the laydown of Marine forces west of the International Date Line, especially during peak seasons, which we call summer in the northern hemisphere, you’ll see a web of Marine forces across the region.”

Stated Colonel M. Thomas Siverts, Commanding Officer of Marine Rotational Force – Southeast Asia, “We are enabling operations that span the vast expanse of the Indo-Pacific region, demonstrating our adaptability in pursuit of our mission. This unique setup emphasizes our commitment to shared security objectives and enhances our collaboration with Allies and partners in a rapidly changing environment.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Colonels, Sullivan and Siverts as they command their respective forces and oversee Marine rotations in the Pacific.
  • For healing for General Eric Smith as he recovers from heart surgery.
  • For General Christopher Mahoney as he serves as Acting Marine Corps Commandant in General Smith’s absence.

Sources: MilitaryTimes, Marines.mil


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