To conduct training and instruction in the doctrine, tactics, and techniques of Naval expeditionary warfare, with a focus on amphibious operations, in order to support operational commanders in maintaining forces ready to project military power from the sea.
The Command is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story, in close proximity to the largest Navy Base in the World, and to Marine Corps Forces Command. Besides its great location, another unique strength of EWTGLANT is its Naval Composition and character. 76 Marines, 58 Sailors, and 33 Civilian personnel make up the internal structure of the command. This small but highly capable staff of subject matter experts and support personnel support a wide range of training, exercises, and academic functions for Sailors and Marines throughout the Fleet and operating forces.
Colonel Casey was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 1989 after graduating from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics (Operations Analysis).
After completing the Infantry Officer’s Course in April 1990, he was assigned to Golf Company 2nd Battalion / 7th Marines (2/7), 1st Marine Division, 29 Palms where he served as a rifle platoon commander during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Returning to CONUS in March 1991 he was assigned as the 81mm Mortar Platoon Cdr, 2/7 and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in June 1991. June 1992 he was assigned as the Executive Officer of Echo Company 2/7 and deployed to Okinawa, Japan as a part of the Unit Deployment Program. In March 1993 1stLt Casey was assigned to 9th Marine Corps Recruiting District HQ in Shawnee Mission Kansas as the Assistant Quality Control Officer, then later transferred to Omaha Nebraska as the Recruiting Station Executive Officer, covering the states of Nebraska, South Dakota, western Iowa, and south western Minnesota. During the recruiting tour he was promoted to the rank of Captain in July 1994. From June 96 to May 97 he attended the Amphibious Warfare School at Quantico VA, where after graduation he was assigned to the Officers Candidate School (OCS) as a platoon commander for the summer session.
September 1997 to January 1998 Capt Casey was assigned the Head Quarters and Services Company Commander for 1st Battalion 6th Marines (1/6), 2D Marine Division, Camp Lejeune. From February 1998 to July 1999 he was assigned Weapons Company Commander, 1/6 and participated in Operation Noble Anvil (Kosovo) with Battalion Landing Team 1/6 (BLT 1/6), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable (24th MEUSOC). June 1999 he was promoted to Major and soon thereafter became the Executive Officer for 1/6. Major Casey attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (CSC) in Quantico VA from July 2000 to June 2001 and received his Masters in Military Studies. The following year, he attended the School of Advanced Warfighting (SAW), also at Quantico, and was designated the additional Military Occupational Specialty of Operations Planner 0505.
Upon graduation from SAW he was assigned to G-3 (Operations), Current Operations, II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF). October 2002 to August 2003, Maj Casey was assigned to 2D Marine Division G-3 Plans as a future operations planner and eventually section head for the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF HOA). Upon his return to CONUS Maj Casey was re-assigned as the Deputy Future Operations Officer, G-3, II MEF. Nov 2004 he was assigned as the Deputy Future Operations Officer G-3, II MEF (FWD) for their assumption of the Multi National Force West Area of Operations in Iraq under Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Promoted to the rank Lieutenant Colonel in June 2005, he was assigned as the Future Operations Officer, G-3, II MEF(FWD) Camp Fallujah Iraq.
July 2006 LtCol Casey assumed command Region 1 Marine Corps Security Group in Frankfurt Germany and subsequently attended the Marine Corps War College in Quantico VA. June 2009 LtCol Casey assumed his duties as the Deputy Director of SAW and subsequently the Director in 2010.
Personal awards include the: Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.
- N00: Command Element
The command element includes a Marine Corps Colonel as Commanding Officer, a Navy Captain as Executive Officer, a Sergeant Major, and a Command Master Chief.
- Director of Operations & Training
Develops, schedules, and evaluates instruction, administers student management and quota control, performs those staff functions concerned with academic management and general military operations and training. All training falls under the Director, Operations and Training.
- N3: Operations
- Naval Amphibious Center of Excellence (NACOE)
- N7: Expeditionary Training
- N8: Fires
The Fires Division of EWTGLANT provides training in the planning, coordination, integration and execution of Joint Fires. The Fires Division courses of instruction focus on tactical level tasks, tactical fires integration and coordination of MAGTF and Amphibious Force Fires with other Joint Task Force Components.
- N3: Operations
- N1: Administration
Provides assistance to students in personnel and administration areas to include initial entry into the system, leave, and pay-related issues regarding student travel to and from the schoolhouse.
- N4: Logistics
Reponsible for managing Ordnance, Motor Transportation, Fiscal, Facilities and Safety/Environmental Branches.
- N6: Information Technology
- N9: Synthetic Training
EWTGLANT is a fully integrated Naval command that is subordinate to Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic (COMSTRKFORTRALANT). As a Naval command and because of its unique mission that includes Marine-focused as well as Navy-focused training, EWTGLANT also has Marine Corps reporting responsibilities.
- Authority for scheduling, administrating, quota control, and conducting courses to support training requirements to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Marine Corps Forces Command, and the Reserve establishment have been delegated to the Commanding Officer, EWTGLANT.