U.S. Marine rapid response force deploying to Spain base – CNN Security Clearance – CNN.com Blogs

The first of 500 Marines have begun deploying to Spain as part of a new rapid reaction force to respond to threats against U.S. citizens, government personnel or installations in Africa.

The new task force is based at Moron Air Base in southern Spain, which provides quick access especially to northern Africa, where security concerns have grown since the September 2012 attack on a U.S. government facility in Benghazi, Libya, a Pentagon official told CNN.

Deployment began Wednesday

via U.S. Marine rapid response force deploying to Spain base – CNN Security Clearance – CNN.com Blogs.

Moron Air Base.. heh.

Nothing like closing the barn door after Islamic nuts kill your embassy staff.

The article is a little sparse on specifics, but it looks like about a reinforced rifle company and half a squadron of Osprey’s. One presumes this will be a rotational tasking among the East Coast Marine regiments and Air Groups.

6 thoughts on “U.S. Marine rapid response force deploying to Spain base – CNN Security Clearance – CNN.com Blogs”

    1. I’m not sure you can fly Harvest Hawk and carry the internal fuel for tanking concurrently. So I’d guess no, but that’s just a WAG.

  1. So I guess no way Malta could be the base. Would Corsica, or Sardinia not work like it does for the French Foreign Legion? Spain of course better than, oh, North Carolina but Spain is sure on the way west end of the Med if my geography isn’t failing. Good potential for Osprey’s touted speed and ranging in this instance however.

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