Hometown News: Jamey Milliner
Prior to deployment, the BATARG and 22nd MEU successfully completed Expeditionary Strike Group Integration, a Composite Unit Training Exercise and a Certification Exercise.
The BATARG and 22nd MEU provide the combatant commander a versatile sea-based force that can be tailored to a variety of missions, including quick reaction crisis response options in maritime, littoral and inland environments in support of the Navy's Maritime Strategy.
The Navy, in coordination with the Marine Corps, is returning to the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Marine Expeditionary Unit deployment construct as the routine, rotational amphibious force deployment package. Returning to the this construct enables the Navy to more efficiently meet geographic combatant commander requirements.
ARGs usually include an amphibious squadron (PHIBRON), an amphibious assault ship (LHA/D), amphibious transport dock (LPD), dock landing ship (LSD), embarked Naval support elements and an embarked MEU.
The BATARG is comprised of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), the amphibious transport dock USS Ponce (LPD 15) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 42).
The 22nd MEU includes a Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment; Aviation Combat Element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 (reinforced); Logistics Combat Element, Combat Logistics Battalion 22; and its command element.
Milliner is a 1998 graduate of Benjamin Russell High School of Alexander City and joined the Navy in July 1998.
For more information on Bataan, please visit www. bataan. navy. mil.