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U.S. Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing take off in a KC-130J Super Hercules at Air Station, Bardufoss, March 5, 2022. Exercise Cold Response ’22 is a biennial exercise that takes place across Norway, with participation from each of its military services, as well as from 26 additional North Atlantic Treaty Organization allied nations and regional partners. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Nygaard)

Photo by Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Nygaard


31 Mar 2022 | HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

In coordination with the U.S Embassy in Lithuania, United States European Command (USEUCOM), and in direct support to U.S. Air Forces Europe, U.S. Marines from 2d Marine
Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, have deployed to enhance Eastern Europe’s
collective defense posture and NATO’s capabilities.

Marine Air Control Group (MACG) 28, a command and control unit based at Marine Corps Air
Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, N.C., has been repositioned to Lithuania. MACG-28 provides
multi-domain command and control, air defense, air traffic control, and communications support.

In addition to MACG-28’s repositioning to Lithuania, F/A-18C Hornets from Marine Fighter
Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Beaufort, S.C. and KC-130J
Hercules from Aerial Refueler Training Squadron (VMGR) 252, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing,
MCAS Cherry Point, N.C. will deploy to Eastern Europe.

The rapid redeployment of U.S. Marines immediately reinforces the deterrent and defensive
posture on NATO’s eastern flank. These deployments were conducted in full coordination with
host nations and military authorities, and although temporary in nature, they are prudent
measures to increase readiness and enhance Eastern European collective defense during this
period of uncertainty. 

For media interested in engagement opportunities, please contact USAFE-AFAFRICA Public
Affairs at +49 06371-47-6558 or email or Download Press Release HERE

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