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Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Active Duty Fund Drive kicks off in the Hampton Roads Region, headed by Marine Forces Command in 2022

NORFOLK, Va. – The 2022 Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Active Duty Fund Drive for Hampton Roads regional commands begins March 1st and continues into April as Sailors and Marines in the area work to raise awareness and money to support the services provided by the Society. Marine Forces Command, based at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads (NSAHR) next to U.S. Fleet Forces Command, is the lead command for coordinating this year’s fund drive efforts for twelve area commands in the Hampton Roads region that is home to more than 75,000 service members across 373 commands. “The theme of the Active Duty Fund Drive is ‘By our own, for our own.’ It is important for Marines and Sailors to recognize the impact that their donation can have on the lives of fellow service members. Our donations go directly to support those in need within our commands,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Langley, Commander, Marine Forces Command, and this year’s fund drive chairman. The goal of the Active Duty Fund Drive is to raise awareness of the programs and services available to active duty Sailors and Marines, and to raise funds to support the programs and services offered by the NMCRS.   Since 1903, the Society has provided financial assistance and education to United States Navy and Marine Corps members, their eligible family members, widows, and survivors. A key effort in funding the society has been the Active Duty Fund Drive (ADFD), an event annually held at Navy and Marine Corps installations around the world. In 2021, NMCRS provided more than $5.6 million in financial assistance to over six thousand service members and families belonging to commands in the Hampton Roads region. “The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society does great work on behalf of our Sailors and Marines, directly contributing to troop welfare, warfighting readiness, and mission accomplishment.  We need all commands to support their fund drive representatives to increase awareness of the programs offered, and each of us needs to consider contributing to the fund drive to continue helping our own Marines and Sailors in times of need,” said Langley. Service members that belong to a command in the Hampton Roads region can donate easily online or through pay allotment. To make a contribution, contact your command’s fund drive representative or visit for more information on the Active Duty Fund Drive (Notice the specific guidance for the Active Duty Fund Drive) For those not in the military who would like to contribute to NMCRS please visit:

Commanders of U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Fleet Marine Corps Forces Atlantic sign Naval Integration Campaign Plan

Adm. Christopher W. Grady, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and Lt. Gen. Robert F. Hedelund, commanding general of Fleet Marine Corps Forces Atlantic, signed the Naval Integration Campaign Plan Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. The plan aims to inform service-level naval integration efforts by bringing cohesion to both commands’ combined efforts and aligning respective subordinate commands in this progressive step to operationalize the Commandant’s Planning Guidance, A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority, and Advantage at Sea. “Today marks the culmination of 14 months of a lot of hard work done to codify a standardized and aligned approach to naval integration,” said Hedelund. “This plan is more than a document and our shared effort is a true testament to the relationships we’ve forged among our services and sets the bar across the naval force.” Grady and Hedelund directed the development of the plan in 2020 to unify their commands’ planning focus in support of both services’ Force Design, Force Development, Force Generation, and Force Employment lines of effort. Purposefully aligning and continually refining systems and processes ensures that the naval force is postured to establish and maintain sea control, sea denial, power projection, and littoral maneuver for combatant commanders’ conflicts in the maritime domain. “In this return to strategic competition, we need to be able to take full advantage of our strengths and competitive advantages,” said Grady. “One of those strengths is our allies and partners, and there’s no greater partnership than the one between the Navy and Marine Corps. Together we’ve created a plan that’s less talk and more do—a plan that will drive change and spur action.” Decision points in the plan allow the commanders to provide refined guidance and additional opportunities in regularly scheduled progress reviews informed by ongoing timeline, objective, and sequential goal assessments conducted by senior leaders and planners in both commands. Outlined near-term lines of operation focus on enhancing integrated command and control, communications, computers, combat systems and intelligence (C5I), logistics, and fires and effects planning in milestone force generation events, such as Large Scale Exercise, which tests concepts of Distributed Maritime Operations, Expeditionary Advance Base Operations, and Littoral Operations in a Contested Environment. The next iteration of Large Scale Exercise is scheduled for late 2023.

DoD supporting FEMA relief efforts in response to Hurricane Ida

At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) the Department of Defense is supporting Hurricane Ida relief efforts of FEMA and the state of Louisiana with a joint force capable of providing unique capabilities required for immediate life-saving and life-sustaining efforts. The following units are actively participating in the effort: • The 687th Engineer Company will be arriving from Ft. Polk, LA. They will provide 40 vehicles and over 170 personnel to assist with clearing debris from roads and highways in affected regions of eastern Louisiana. • Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 will provide 20 High-Water Vehicles (HWV) and 65 personnel from Gulfport, Miss. • The 61st Quartermaster Battalion will provide 20 vehicles and over 150 personnel from Ft. Hood, TX. Both units will be assisting in the transport of provisions and supplies to various regions in eastern Louisiana. “The ability to rapidly assemble and deploy joint forces has reverberated amongst every unit involved. The integration of operations with the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps has been seamless and successful. We are all dedicated to supporting FEMA and Louisiana officials for as long as it takes.” stated BGen. John F. Kelliher III, commander of the Marine Corps Forces Northern Command Forward Command Element. Marine Corps Forces Northern Command is U.S. Northern Command’s designated Lead Component Command to rapidly deploy military personnel and assets in support of civil authorities to assist interagency partners respond to Hurricanes during 2021 when requested by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and approved by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Marine Corps Supports Operation Allies Refuge

The Secretary of Defense has approved Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., as a site for temporarily housing vulnerable Afghans in support of Operation Allies Refuge. Marine Corps Base Quantico joins Fort Pickett, Va.; Fort Lee, Va.; Fort McCoy, Wis.; Fort Bliss, Texas; Holloman AFB, N.M.; and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., in providing temporary housing and support for up to 50,000 at risk Afghans. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, has agreed to provide to the Department of State (DOS) transportation and temporary housing, sustainment, and support inside the United States for Afghan special immigrant visa applicants, their families, and other at risk individuals at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. A task force of approximately 700 Marines from the II Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Base Quantico will work together to provide food, housing, logistical support and physical security on Marine Corps Base Quantico for Afghan evacuees. U.S. Marine Corps Forces Northern Command stands resolute with U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Army North as the Department of Defense team vigilantly supports the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security with this critical humanitarian mission. U.S. Northern Command is the Department of Defense's lead combatant command for this mission in the continental United States and is providing oversight in support of the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security. U.S. Army North, as U.S. Northern Command's Joint Force Land Component Command, is the lead operational command for this mission.