MEU Service Support Group 22
MEU Service Support Group-22 (MSSG) is the combat service support element of the 22d MEU and is structured to provide landings support and supply, maintenance, engineer, military police, medical and dental and motor transport support.
The primary mission of the MEU Service Support Group (MSSG) is to provide the MEU and its commands with mission-essential combat support. The MSSG is the home for the MEU's medical/dental, motor transport, supply, equipment maintenance, and repair assets.
MSSG-22 was originally activated as Combat Service Support Group Detachment 23, and was assigned to the 22nd MEU. In March 1986, the unit was redesignated as Marine Amphibious Unit Service Group 22 and bore this title until February 1988 when all "amphibious" titles were changed to "expeditionary."
Since its inception, MSSG-22 has deployed alongside the 22nd MEU as its combat service support provider. In the 1980s, the unit participated in routine deployments to the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Atlantic regions. During the 1990s, the unit's operational tempo increased dramatically. In addition to service in Southwest Asia during Operations Desert Shield and Storm, MSSG-22 deployed to Liberia (on two occasions), Somalia, the Adriatic Sea, the former Yugoslav Republic, and numerous other exotic locales.
With each deployment, the unit's skills were put to the test as they provided the logistical and personnel support necessary to evacuate civilians from war-torn countries, conduct combat operations, or ensure peace in strife-riddled nations. MSSG-22 is comprised of all the support personnel needed to keep the 22nd MEU in a high state of readiness. Specialists from a myriad of units are drawn together under the control of a single commander who reports to the MEU commander.
The unit is structured to provide timely engineer, landing support, supply, maintenance, engineer, motor transport, and military police support to the MEU's command and air and ground combat elements. Attached Navy personnel ensure the medical and dental needs of the MEU are met, and provide similar assistance to others who may need help. Although often behind the scenes, MSSG-22 is an invaluable, and irreplaceable part of the MEU team.
- Activated as Combat Service Support Group Detachment 23, 2d Force Service Support Group (REIN), Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic. Reassigned during January 1985 to the 2d Force Service Support Group.
- Redesignated March 1, 1986, as Marine Amphibious Unit Service Group 22, 22d Marine Amphibious Unit, Fleet Marine Force, Mediterranean and North Atlantic areas.
- Redesignated February 5, 1988 as Marine Expeditionary Unit Service Support Group 22.
- Participated in Operation Sharp Edge from May 28, 1990, to August 21, 1990.
- Participated in Operation Desert Shield/Storm as Mobile Combat Service Support Detachment 28 from December 2, 1990 to May 8, 1991.
- Participated in LF6F 3-91 deployment to the Persian Gulf from October 22, 1992, to April 16, 1993.
- Participated in LF6F 3-93 deployment to the Mediterranean Sea from August 12, 1993 to February 4, 1994.
- Participated in Operation Provide Promise/Deny Flight from September 13, 1993 to January 16, 1994.
- Participated in Operation Continue Hope from October 18 to November 3, 1993.
- Participated in LF6F 1-95 to the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas from October 21, 1994 to April 13, 1995.
- Participated in LF6F 1-96 to the Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea from January 29 to July 24, 1996 in which they helped evacuate the American embassy in Monrovia, Liberia.
- Participated in LF6F 2-97 to the Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea in which they helped evacuate more than 2,500 American and Multi-National citizens. The group maintained a presence aboard all three ships of the ARG throughout the deployment.
- Participated in LF6F 3-98 to the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas from July 2 to December 7, 1998.
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