Staff members from Commander, Amphibious Squadron Three (CPR3) arrived back home in San Diego this weekend after spending two weeks on temporary duty to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, CA.
From March 28th to April 8th CPR3 participated in Amphibious planning exercises with USMC Captains participating in the Tactical MAGTF Integration Course (TMIC). MAGTF, which stands for Marine Air Ground Task Force, is a composition of various Marine Corps units that execute the full range of military operations. The TMIC training is part of a 10 month Expeditionary Warfare course that all unrestricted Marine Corps Captains participate in, based out of Quantico, VA. The TMIC program at 29 Palms is operated by the Marine Corps Tactical Operations Group (MCTOG), comprised of subject matter experts, both active duty and civilian, in amphibious operations planning and execution.
CPR3 staff personnel worked closely with the Marine students tasked with planning mock amphibious landings as well as Aviation planners from Tactical Air Control Squadron Twelve (TACRON 12), shore party experts from Beach Masters Unit 1 (BMU 1), and Naval Gunfire Liaison Officers from Camp Pendleton, CA . Together they executed all aspects of ship-to-shore planning and execution. This included beach selection, ships’ cargo load-out planning, naval surface fire support and pre-positioning surface ship forces for amphibious maneuvers.
Major James Childress, the Combat Cargo Officer for CPR3, reflected on his experience at 29 Palms: “It is always beneficial for Navy and Marine planners to practice working with each other and working through logistical hurdles to meet the needs of the mission. The course was a great opportunity for the Marine Corps Officers to practice drafting amphibious operations plans and for the Navy Staff members to mediate any obstacles to surface and aviation operations.”
Upon returning from 29 Palms, CPR3 personnel got right back to work helping ships plan for upcoming Training Readiness Assessments and Midshipmen summer training opportunities.