Marines with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, and Airman with 729th Airlift Squadron, Air Force Reserve Command, conduct a Strategic Mobility Exercise with the C-17 Globemaster III at the Air Combat Element landing strip at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 28, 2018. The purpose of this exercise was to display 2/7’s capabilities to deploy its command assets anywhere around the world in 96 hours within a 24 hour notice.
The 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines (2/7) is a light infantry battalion of the United States Marine Corps. They are based at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms and consist of approximately 1,200 Marines and Sailors. The battalion falls under the command of the 7th Marine Regiment and the 1st Marine Division. The 7th Marine Regiment is an infantry regiment of the United States Marine Corps based at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California. Nicknamed the “Magnificent Seventh”, they fall under the command of the 1st Marine Division and the I Marine Expeditionary Force.
The 729th Airlift Squadron is a United States Air Force Reserve squadron, assigned to the 452d Operations Group, stationed at March Joint Air Reserve Base, California. It operates C-17 Globemaster III aircraft providing global airlift any time, any place. It has airlifted personnel and cargo worldwide since 1960. Missions the 729th has flown included humanitarian relief, aeromedical flights, and airdrops of supplies and paratroopers.
(U.S. Marine Corps Video By MAGTFTC COMMSTRAT Directed, Edited, and Cinematography by Cpl. Ashlee Conover, Cinematography by Lance Cpl. Corey Mathews, and Lance Cpl. Robin Lewis)