As the Navy and Marine Corps continues to pivot to the Pacific, conducting amphibious and expeditionary training as a blue-green team is growing on both coasts.
A DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable was held on Thursday June 13, 2013, with Brig. Gen. John Broadmeadow, currently dual hatted as both the commanding general, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and commanding general, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and leading the Marine effort during Dawn Blitz 2013. Dawn Blitz 2013 is a multinational amphibious exercise in Southern California involving the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Expeditionary Strike Group-3 and coalition partners: Canada, Japan and New Zealand and observers from seven countries.
Dawn Blitz 2013 is a two-part, scenario-driven, simulation-supported amphibious exercise designed to train Expeditionary Strike Group 3 (ESG 3) and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1st MEB). The initial, synthetic scenario occurred Jan. 28-31, 2013 and the final live phase will be conducted June 11-28. Dawn Blitz provides a robust training environment where forces plan and execute an amphibious assault from a seabase in a land-and- maritime threat environment to improve naval amphibious core competencies. Dawn Blitz 2010 was the first MEB-level amphibious assault exercise the Marine Corps conducted since 2001. The core capability of MEB-level amphibious operations is essential to national defense.
This exercise is one of a series of amphibious training events on both coasts of the U.S. that take place annually. Exercises like Dawn Blitz 2013 provide realistic, relevant training necessary for effective global crisis response expected of the Navy and Marine Corps and importance of enhancing coalition partnerships and military-to-military relationships through shared training.
Joining us on the call were Dale Kissinger, of Military Avenue; Chuck Simmins, of America’s North Shore Journal; Andrew Lubin, of Leatherneck Magazine; Kirk Spitzer, of Time Magazine; Paul McLeary, of Defense News; John Doyle, of 4GWar; and Michele Cowell, of My Military Matters.