24TH MEU ASSURES READINESS THROUGH MARFORLANT INSPECTION

4 Oct 2000 | Sgt. Kevin Dolloson

The Marine Forces Atlantic, Commanding General's Readiness Inspection (CGRI) Team visited the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) recently to ensure the command's readiness and offer suggestions, support and feedback to the MEU staff.

The inspection team conducted a very thorough, professional inspection.  They checked the functionality of all sections from personnel records to supply logs.  Members of the inspection team also examined office spaces to make certain they fell within safety guidelines. 

Focus groups were held for officers, staff noncommissioned officers and enlisted Marines to get an understanding of what the level of morale is in the MEU, what the quality of life issues were affecting the MEU and whether Marines are reenlisting, or getting out, and why.

Col. Richard P. Mills, 24th MEU Commanding Officer, stressed to his staff in a meeting prior to his departure the need to maximize the positive benefits this inspection provided.

"We shouldn't look at this as a negative thing," said Col. Mills.  "This is a great chance for us to look at the unit to see where we are."

While the 24th MEU is preparing for its activation on Oct. 20, the inspection team's visit provided the granularity that MEU personnel need to ensure all of its programs are on track, and to facilitate a smooth transition as Landing Force Sixth Fleet 2-01 (LF6F 2-01).

Follow the 24th MEU's pre-deployment on their website at www.usmc.mil/24meu.