MEU Service Support Group 26
The mission of MEU Service Support Group 26 is to provide timely, reliable, and continuous support to 26th MEU in support of the MEU commander's tactical mission and concept of operations; and to conduct, on order, Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations, Medical treatment and evacuation of casualties on a large scale, and Humanitarian Aid and Assistance operations.
MSSG-26 and its sister MSSGs, of the the 22d and 24th MEUs, operate on a rotational basis as the landing force of the US Sixth Fleet conducting operations in the Mediterranean Area. It includes providing supply, maintenance, transportation, deliberate engineering, medical and dental, automated information processing, utilities, landing support, disbursing, legal, and postal service necessary to support the MEU.
The 26TH Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) completed the second and final phase of NATO's Exercise Destined Glory 2000 on 26 October 2000, ending the unit's largest training event since their Mediterranean deployment began. Destined Glory is a NATO exercise designed to improve joint operations of an amphibious nature in the southern Mediterranean region.
The second phase of the exercise began when troops launched from USS Austin to lead an amphibious landing. They were followed soon after by members of MEU Service Support Group 26, and other units from BLT 2/2, to include Fox Company in CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters off USS Saipan, Echo Company via Amphibious Assault Vehicles and Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) off USS Ashland. A Light Armored Reconnaissance detachment with Light Armored Vehicles splashed off USS Saipan and the battalion's Headquarters and Service Company landed ashore on LCUs, from Saipan. Headquarters and Service Company's evacuation control team had a chance to conduct a Noncombatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) with their counterparts at MSSG-26. In addition to their NEO team, other members of MSSG had a chance to practice their jobs in the field.
The MSSG provided a combat service support area, which served as the central supply point for the MEU during the exercise. When they weren't providing assistance to those units, Marines and Sailors of MSSG-26 took the opportunity to brush up on patrolling techniques and rear-area security.
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