Mission

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.

 

Character

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.

 

Commanding Officer


Colonel James Frey, USMC

 

A native of Ridgebury, Pennsylvania, Col Frey received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May, 1992. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in March 1995.

 

As an F/A-18D Weapons and Sensors Officer he trained at VMFAT-101, MCAS El Toro, CA (1995-96). He then joined VMFA (AW)-121 (1996-00), MCAS Miramar, CA. There he attended the Marine Division Tactics Course, Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course, twice deployed to Iwakuni, Japan and once to Ahmed Al Jaber AB, Kuwait in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.

 

He was the Air Officer for BLT 2/1 (2000-01) in Camp Pendleton, CA. He deployed to the as part of the 11th MEU(SOC) to the Western Pacific and Middle East.

He transferred to VMFA (AW)-533 (2001-05) at MCAS Beaufort, SC serving as Operations and Maintenance Officer. He deployed to support Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and major combat operations during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He also deployed to Iwakuni, Japan. He finished the tour leading the MAG-31 Training Officer Cell and augmented MAWTS-1.

He attended College of Naval Command and Staff, Newport, RI. He followed with a tour at Headquarters Marine Corps, Department of Aviation (2006-08) where he served in Aviation Weapons Requirements for Aviation Training Systems, Aircrew Systems, and the F/A-18 program.

 

He assumed command of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron –Three (VMU-3) (2008-10) activating the squadron at MCAGCC Twenty-nine Palms, CA. He deployed the Phantoms in detachments to Iraq and took the headquarters to FOB Dwyer, Helmand Province Afghanistan as part of MEB-A, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (9.2 & 10.1). He then attended the US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA, and was selected to participate in the Advanced Strategic Arts Program.

 

He served as the Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander US European Command (2011-14) in Mons, Belgium. He followed with a tour as the 2d MAW Assistant Chief of Staff, Standardization at MCAS Cherry Point.

 

Decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 gold stars, Air Medal w/Combat “V”, gold star & 4, USAF Aerial Achievement Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/Combat “V” and gold star, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.


 

Organization

 

EWTGLANT Relationship Diagram

Relationships

EWTGLANT is a fully integrated Naval command that is subordinate to Commander Carrier Strike Group Four (CSG-4). 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.