Reserve Marines Support Exercise African Lion


Reserve Marines from Marine Forces Reserve Force Headquarters Group’s 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company and 6th Communication Battalion, improved military interoperability and readiness as they participated in African Lion 2018, an annual multinational and joint-force exercise conducted in Morocco April 17-27.

“The Marines of 6th Communication Battalion have been supporting the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Detachment Maritime Support Team and the deployable joint command control center that they have set up, so they’ve been able to assist in the establishment of the nonsecure internet protocol router and the secret internet protocol router,” said Marine Corps Capt. Deivy Martinez, a communications officer with 6th Communication Battalion, Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve. “They’re also assisting the United States Africa Command with the African Mission Network. That was the first time it’s ever been used.” 

The reserve Marines have provided the exercise with crucial support to ensure the mission’s operational success. “At the command post exercise location, we’ve supported at least 100 personnel, including U.S. forces and other nations as well,” Martinez said.

Efficient Communication

The African Mission Network’s success during African Lion 2018 was a major accomplishment, so the efficiency of communication operations…

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