Commanding generals, FMF, Pacific and FMF Atlantic have a force dental branch or section as a special staff.
The force dental branches (MARFOR- LANT and MARFORPAC) consist of the force dental officer (Captain, Dental Corps), the force dental administrative officer (Lieutenant Commander, Medical Service Corps), and an enlisted administrative assistant (Chief Dental Technician). The force dental branch assists the commanding general in professional, technical, administrative, and personnel matters pertinent to dental support to the FMF. Figure 12-5 illustrates the organization of the FMF for the Pacific and Atlantic. Note that MARFORPAC has two different Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEFs), while has one MEF.
A Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) is the largest of all the organized Marine forces with over 30,000 Marine and Navy personnel. It is capable of a wide range of expeditionary operations and, with its 60 days of support, can sustain operations ashore. Each MEF is further broken down into 3 different subordinate elements:
Marine Division (MARDIV)
Marine Air Wing (MAW)
Force Service Support Group (FSSG)
Figure 12-5. - FMF organization Pacific and Atlantic.Continue Reading