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SCCOMarine    4/9/2007 1:02:45 PM
This is an article about ANGLICO but it highlights the shame of the neglect suffered by Specialty Units in the Corps. It shows ANGLICO shuffling for equipment and funding after being reconstituted in 2003. Its not to say that they were any less effective or any less "special" than any other comparable unit in the world. But to ignore the fact that the new relationship btw SOCOM and the Corps has benefited these Specialty Units is wrong. And its not to say that SOCOM is fixing these Units, they don't have a hand in it, but the new relationship has forced the Corps to change its way of thinking about the value of these units. Hence a change in Funding, and Prioritizing T/O, T/E, and TTP.
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SCCOMarine       4/9/2007 1:10:07 PM

Elite Marines on the Forefront: ANGLICO: Marine Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company

Associate Editor

Sea Power
December 2004

Operation Iraqi Freedom, a small, ill-equipped, yet elite unit of Marines fanned out across Iraq, attached to U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division, British Commandos and Marine Task Force Tarawa. The 46 men of 2nd ANGLICO, one of the Marine Corps’ Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Companies, were at the forefront of battle in every major battlespace of the war.

Unique to the Marine Corps, ANGLICO is the only unit qualified to plan, execute and control U.S. supporting arms fire for joint and combined forces worldwide. ANGLICO has a 50-year history within the Corps, but is virtually unknown to the public. Briefly deactivated in the 1990s, ANGLICO was reconstituted in 2003 and is in the process of re-inventing itself as an organization often associated with Special Operations, but with a mission and organizational structure unlike any other.

Since the start of the Iraq war, ANGLICO has grown to almost 500 men, with three active-duty companies and two reserves. The war’s original ANGLICO units were forced to borrow equipment from other services en route to Baghdad, but the Corps has invested greater resources in their training and support in advance of redeployment to Iraq next year.

Central to the company’s mission is specialized training that certifies Marines as Joint Tactical Air Controllers (JTAC). JTACs have highly specialized knowledge of ordnance, and familiarity with aircraft, that enables them to call close air support and naval guns on target accurately, and under any conditions. JTAC training and certification expands the basic knowledge of a forward air controller to its highest technical and professional level, and is recognized by all joint and combined forces. ANGLICO commanders have battalion authority, and field three-man teams that are attached to U.S. and coalition units to provide the technical knowledge needed to coordinate fire support and deconflict fire.

ANGLICO teams also must have the basic knowledge to patrol, observe and locate a target. Because ANGLICO teams may be attached to any unit, they must train to the standards of the highest level they may be called upon to support.

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SCCOMarine    For those that maybe unaware   4/9/2007 1:22:45 PM

This goes back to this statement I wrote from the other thread psyops posted, "USMC Reorganizes Assets".


Look at how ANGLICO was *SS Raped in the 90's.  It was only after A'stan that the Corps began to look at how neglected their Specialized Units had become, and in 2003 ANGLICO was reborn along w/ 2nd Force Recon.

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