Task Force Leatherneck

Task Force Leatherneck is comprised of two regimental combat teams and four separate battalions, approximately 10,700 personnel. It is headquartered by 2nd Marine Division (Forward), which is a multi-role, expeditionary ground combat force employed as the ground combat element of II Marine Expeditionary Force (Fwd).

Second Marine Division assumed command of Task Force Leatherneck in March 2011, and is currently commanded by Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Craparotta.


In partnership with Afghan National Security Forces and the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, 2nd Marine Division (Fwd) conducts counterinsurgency operations to secure the Afghan people, defeat insurgent forces, and to enable Afghan National Security Forces assumption of security responsibilities within our area of operations to support the expansion of stability, development and legitimate governance.

Current units deployed under Task Force Leatherneck as part of Regional Command Southwest are:

2nd Marine Division (Fwd)

2nd Marine Division Headquarters Battalion 1st Battalion
10th Marine Regiment
1st Combat Engineer Battalion
3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
2nd Reconnaissance Battalion

Regimental Combat Team 1

2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment
2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment
3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment
2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment

Regimental Combat Team 8

1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment
3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment
32nd Georgian Battalion
Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment