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2016

SPMAGTF-CR-AF maintains quick response capabilities during alert force drill

By Sgt. Tia Nagle, Marine Corps Forces Europe


U.S. Marines with the Ground Combat Element, Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, run toward an MV-22B Osprey after recovering a simulated casualty during an alert-force drill at Naval Station Rota, Spain, January 23, 2016. SPMAGTF-CR-AF is a self-sustaining crisis-response force prepared for the protection of American personnel and facilities on the African continent when directed.
SPMAGTF-CR-AF maintains quick response capabilities during alert force drill
U.S. Marines with the Ground Combat Element, Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, run toward an MV-22B Osprey after recovering a simulated casualty during an alert-force drill at Naval Station Rota, Spain, January 23, 2016. SPMAGTF-CR-AF is a self-sustaining crisis-response force prepared for the protection of American personnel and facilities on the African continent when directed.
U.S. Marines with the Ground Combat Element, Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa conduct an alert-force drill at Naval Station Rota, Spain. SPMAGTF-CR-AF is a self-sustaining crisis-response force prepared for the protection of American personnel and facilities on the African continent when directed by U.S. Africa Command.
SPMAGTF-CR-AF maintains quick response capabilities during alert force drill
U.S. Marines with the Ground Combat Element, Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa conduct an alert-force drill at Naval Station Rota, Spain. SPMAGTF-CR-AF is a self-sustaining crisis-response force prepared for the protection of American personnel and facilities on the African continent when directed by U.S. Africa Command.
U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa prepare to lift a simulated casualty onto a field litter during quick-response training at Naval Station Rota, Spain, January 23, 2016. SPMAGTF-CR-AF is a self-sustaining crisis response force prepared for the protection of American personnel and facilities on the African continent when directed.
SPMAGTF-CR-AF maintains quick response capabilities during alert force drill
U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa prepare to lift a simulated casualty onto a field litter during quick-response training at Naval Station Rota, Spain, January 23, 2016. SPMAGTF-CR-AF is a self-sustaining crisis response force prepared for the protection of American personnel and facilities on the African continent when directed.
U.S. Marines with the Ground Combat Element, Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, prepare to board an MV-22B Osprey during an alert drill at Morón Air Base, Spain, Jan. 23, 2016. SPMAGTF-CR-AF’s crisis response capability requires Marines to be ready to respond within six hours of an alert in support of U.S. Africa Command.
SPMAGTF-CR-AF maintains quick response capabilities during alert force drill
U.S. Marines with the Ground Combat Element, Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, prepare to board an MV-22B Osprey during an alert drill at Morón Air Base, Spain, Jan. 23, 2016. SPMAGTF-CR-AF’s crisis response capability requires Marines to be ready to respond within six hours of an alert in support of U.S. Africa Command.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Kyle Maurer, machine gunner with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, participates in an alert-force drill at Naval Station Rota, Spain, January 23, 2016. The alert force tested the unit’s capabilities by simulating the procedures of reacting to a time-constrained, crisis-response mission.
SPMAGTF-CR-AF maintains quick response capabilities during alert force drill
U.S. Marine Cpl. Kyle Maurer, machine gunner with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, participates in an alert-force drill at Naval Station Rota, Spain, January 23, 2016. The alert force tested the unit’s capabilities by simulating the procedures of reacting to a time-constrained, crisis-response mission.
U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa extract a simulated casualty during quick-response training at Naval Station Rota, Spain, January 23, 2016. The alert force tested the unit’s capabilities by simulating the procedures of reacting to a time-constrained, crisis-response mission.
SPMAGTF-CR-AF maintains quick response capabilities during alert force drill
U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa extract a simulated casualty during quick-response training at Naval Station Rota, Spain, January 23, 2016. The alert force tested the unit’s capabilities by simulating the procedures of reacting to a time-constrained, crisis-response mission.
A U.S. Marine with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa provides security during quick-response training at Naval Station Rota, Spain, January 23, 2016. The alert force tested the unit’s capabilities by simulating the procedures of reacting to a time-constrained, crisis-response mission.
SPMAGTF-CR-AF maintains quick response capabilities during alert force drill
A U.S. Marine with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa provides security during quick-response training at Naval Station Rota, Spain, January 23, 2016. The alert force tested the unit’s capabilities by simulating the procedures of reacting to a time-constrained, crisis-response mission.
NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain -- Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa conducted quick-response training to test the unit’s capabilities at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Jan. 23, 2016.

“The mission today was to conduct [rapid-response support] for a task-force element with simulated casualties from a car accident during their missions down on the continent [of Africa],” said 1st Lt. Joseph Jansen, platoon commander for 4th Platoon, Bravo Company, SPMAGTF-CR-AF. “This drill was in preparation for us to assume command of the [crisis response mission]. It allows us to respond to contingency operations within [the region] as directed by [U.S. Africa Command] and the SPMAGTF here in Morón, Spain.”

SPMAGTF-CR-AF is entering its next rotation as 8th Marine Regiment with supporting units from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263, and 1st Battalion, 8th Marines transition to Europe to assume the ongoing mission.

During an alert drill, the Marines have six hours to respond to a variety of different missions, whether an embassy reinforcement, a quick-response force or a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel, explained Sgt. Richard Sauceda Jr., a squad leader with Bravo Company, SPMAGTF-CR-AF. 

“As a squad leader, my responsibility is to make sure each one of my Marines are well trained and physically fit,” said Sauceda. “I come up with training plans for them to better themselves as Marines and be ready for any type of mission that we have pertaining to this deployment.”

Bravo Company’s duties will rotate between the alert force, duty and training. The company will also conduct bilateral exercises with European and African forces throughout the area of operations. 

“Overall, I was happy with [the exercise],” said Jansen. “This was our second [Mission Rehearsal Exercise] since we arrived here. Our first exercise was only internal to the company. This time it was with the entirety of the MAGTF, with all of the warfighting functions. With the added friction of condensed timelines, extra expectations from the MAGTF, and the rehearsals we had done earlier in the week, I think it was a great improvement from our first exercise.”

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