24th MEU conducts Sustainment Training in Djibouti

A pair of MV-22B Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, land in Arta, Djibouti, Feb. 15, 2015. The Marines staged a temporary service support area to conduct sustainment training. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma) Pair of MV-22B Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced) land in Arta, Djibouti A pair of MV-22B Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, land in Arta, Djibouti, Feb. 15, 2015. The Marines staged a temporary service support area to conduct sustainment training. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)
Marines from Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit  march through a training range in Arta, Djibouti, Feb. 15, 2015. The Marines staged a temporary service support area to conduct sustainment training. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma) Marines from Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion march through Training Range Marines from Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit march through a training range in Arta, Djibouti, Feb. 15, 2015. The Marines staged a temporary service support area to conduct sustainment training. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)
Marines from Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit watch incoming CH-53E Super Stallions in Arta, Djibouti, Feb. 15, 2015. The Marines staged a temporary service support area to conduct sustainment training. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma) Marines from Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion watch incoming CH-53E Super Stallions Marines from Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit watch incoming CH-53E Super Stallions in Arta, Djibouti, Feb. 15, 2015. The Marines staged a temporary service support area to conduct sustainment training. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)
A Marine assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit watches an incoming CH-53E Super Stallion during a training mission in Arta, Djibouti, Feb. 15, 2015. The Marines staged a service support area to conduct sustainment training. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma) Marine assigned to 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit watches Incoming CH-53E Super Stallion A Marine assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit watches an incoming CH-53E Super Stallion during a training mission in Arta, Djibouti, Feb. 15, 2015. The Marines staged a service support area to conduct sustainment training. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)
A Marine assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit hammers a tent stake into the ground during a training mission in Arta, Djibouti, Feb. 15, 2015. The Marines staged a temporary service support area to conduct sustainment training. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma) Marine assigned to 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit hammers Tent Stake into Ground during Training Mission A Marine assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit hammers a tent stake into the ground during a training mission in Arta, Djibouti, Feb. 15, 2015. The Marines staged a temporary service support area to conduct sustainment training. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)

U.S. Marines assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit established a service support area in order to conduct sustainment training in Arta, Djibouti, Feb. 15, 2015.

Elements of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force worked together to stage berthing areas, equipment, vehicles, ammo and an area for hygiene as part of the 24th MEU training mission.

“It’s really a group effort to try and set up this service support area,” said 1stLt Luke Dorrough, logistics combat element assistant operations officer, 24th MEU.  “Establishing this area allows us to stage equipment and supplies ashore, allowing the 24th MEU to conduct training in the outlying areas.”

The 24th MEU’s main challenges here will be the austere environment.  The temperature is something that these Marines have not been acclimated to while embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group.  In addition, due to the location of the service support area having a rocky terrain, it will be difficult to navigate through the staged areas.

According to Dorrough, the most important part of establishing the service support area will be the layout.  Being on the ship, it is difficult trying to establish where everything will be placed when the MEU arrives ashore from only being able to see imagery of the location.

Once the service support area is fully established, the Marines will be sent to different training areas to conduct various live-fire training scenarios.

Dorrough stated, “It will be an interesting experience providing the life sustainment and support for these Marines who are required to conduct their training here later this week.”

The 24th MEU is currently embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

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