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Anti-Terrorism Battalion [AT]

The AT Battalion was activated on October 29, 2004 at French Creek Soifert Field, exactly three years after the re-activation of the 4th MEB (AT). The unit is non-rotational

The mission of the Anti-Terrorism Battalion is to rapidly deploy specially trained and sustainable forces to detect, deter, and defend against terrorism, as well as to conduct crisis response in the event of a terrorist attack.

The Anti-Terrorism Battalion can also augment its existing structure with additional capabilities such as explosive ordnance disposal, military working dogs, linguists, and electronic warfare assets. All this combines to make the Anti-Terrorism Battalion a truly one-of-a-kind response force in the global war on terror.

The AT Bn will sustain basic infantry skills, but will also be trained in special skills that will help in combating terrorism, including mission specific surveillance, counter-surveillance, enhanced marksmanship, data collection and others. This unique force posesses organic capabilities such as intelligence and counter-intelligence cells, combat engineers, enhanced nuclear, biological and chemical teams, and riflemen trained in advanced urban combat. While the unit has no indirect fire support, it nonetheless has engineers, counter intelligence, and a larger staff.

When fully staffed, the AT battalion will have more than 775 Marines and Sailors. It consists of six companies; a headquarters company, four anti-terrorism companies and a support company. Each company will be task-organized and deploy as a self-sufficient task force providing its own command and control under the operational control of a regional security officer.




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