“The U.S. Marine Corps is the nation’s crisis response service, forward deployed and poised to rapidly respond to crises as necessary.

“Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Forces, Crisis Response (SPMAGTF-CR), are Marine Corps units tailored to conduct crisis response, contingency operations, theater security cooperation, enabling operations, and all other missions as may be directed throughout their assigned Combatant Command (COCOM).

“They are characterized as:

  • Land based, self-supporting, and self-sustaining.
  • They are capable of command and control at multiple locations simultaneously.
  • They are postured to respond to requirements across the full range of military operations, anywhere within their respective regions.
  • They are an enduring, short notice crisis response capability for the Marine Corps.

“The Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) is a rotational contingent of approximately 2000 Marines, sailors and support elements on the CENTCOM AOR.

“SPMAGTF-CR-CC is commanded by a colonel and is comprised of air, logistics, and ground combat elements.  These elements provide the crisis response force with organic lift, sustainment and support, and strike capabilities.”

The slideshow highlights adivision of U.S. Marine Corps KC-130Js with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 352, assigned to the Special Purpose Marine-Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command 20.2, flying in formation during a division flight in Kuwait, June 24, 2020.

The purpose of the division flight was to maintain aircrew proficiency with flying more than two aircraft in formation during aerial operations.



Photo by Cpl. Cutler Brice 

13th Marine Expeditionary Unit