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Hour 1: Warning Order

Announcer: In times of crisis or conflict, our nation relies on the Marines to answer the call. The Marine Corps is first to fight and best prepared to defend our nation at a moment's notice. No one unit exemplifies the Marine Corps' unique capabilities better than the Marine Expeditionary Unit, or MEU. Embarked aboard three Navy ships, a MEU combines air, ground and logistics elements into a powerful quick reaction force. Rapid response planning allows the MEU to prepare and launch any mission six hours from the moment they receive an order.

Super: LANDING FORCE

OPERATIONS CENTER

Male: Attention the all fire. We just received the execution order. Lance Corporal, go ahead and distribute the order.

Male: Aye, sir.

Male: Staff Sergeant McIntyre, maintain the situation.

Super: 00:00 HR

Male: Yes, sir.

Super: 00:01 HR SINCE ORDER RECEIVED

Super: ORDER RECEIVED:

  • SITUATION: INSURGENT PLANNING CELL LOCATED AT ENCLOSED COORDINATES
  • BEACH CONDITIONS FAVORABLE
  • MISSION: CAPTURE OR KILL HIGH-VALUE INDIVIDUAL

Super: COMMANDER 24TH MEU:
RANK: Colonel
ROLE: Leads the expeditionary unit of 2,200 Marines

Male: Okay. We just got execute order for a raid.

Male: I recommend we break now, sir, and convene the CAT.

Male: Roger, sir.

Super: CAT: CRISIS ACTION TEAM

Announcer: The Crisis Action Team is a team of experienced Marines who will lead the planning and decide on the course of action. During the first hour, the senior staff will analyze the situation, and the commanding officer will issue his plan and guidance.

Radio: CAT 1 briefing begins at operation center at 13:30.

Super: BATTALION COMMANDER:
RANK: Lieutenant Colonel
ROLE: Leads the MEU's ground forces in the Battalion Landing Team

Male: What's really important is the plan itself, putting it together. So I want to bring all the executors together to slap the table.

Super: RIFLE COMPANY COMMANDER:
RANK: Captain
ROLE: Leads an infantry unit of 150 Marines

Announcer: Key personnel from each ship are called to join the planning on the flagship.

Super: AAV PLATOON COMMANDER:
RANK: Lieutenant
ROLE: Leads an amphibious unit of 40 Marines and 13 AAVs

Announcer: Outside of the planning sessions, Marines run daily operations and maintain a state of readiness.

Male: I'm going to pose the situation and then, when I'm done, I'm going to give you three questions.

Announcer: The MEU carries more than 2,200 Marines, including three rifle companies, tanks, artillery, engineers, amphibious assault vehicles, a reinforced tilt-rotor squadron, and a combat logistics battalion. Each unit must be prepared...

Super: 00:59 HR SINCE ORDER RECEIVED

Announcer: ...to receive orders and launch a mission in a short timeframe. ...

Super: 01:00 HR SINCE ORDER RECEIVED

Announcer: ...The MEU must move quickly to get a plan in place.