Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) issued the following statement in response to reports that roughly 2,500 Marines have been reassigned from a planned exercise with the Moroccan military to bolster the U.S. 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea. Included in the move are the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), made up from the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines and Combat Logistics Battalion 26 stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 stationed at Marine Corps Air Station New River. These three units from eastern North Carolina comprise the vast majority of the Marines who have been assigned to the MEU.
"As always, my thoughts and prayers are with the brave men and women in the United States Marine Corps as they serve and sacrifice so much for our great nation,"
said Murphy. "I am eager to receive more details to help inform my opinion on this matter from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and other high-ranking administration officials at a briefing on Capitol Hill tomorrow.
"Neither President Trump nor I want war with Iran, but I agree with his effort to pursue peace through strength. The United States has every right to protect its personnel, allies and interests in the region. As events continue to unfold, I will closely monitor the situation and implications for the Marines stationed in eastern North Carolina."
- Michael Mead
- Communications Director
- Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03)
- Ph: (202) 225-3415