CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina --
Program Executive Officer Land Systems is equipping the Corps’ first infantry battalion—3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division—with the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, and Navy and Marine Corps leadership visited Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to witness the event.
The Honorable James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Gary Thomas, Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics Lt. Gen. Charles Chiarotti, II Marine Expeditionary Force Commander Lt. Gen. Brian Beaudreault, Deputy Director for Integrated Warfare Michael Stewart, Program Executive Officer Land Systems John Garner and Marine Corps Systems Command Brig. Gen. Arthur Pasagian toured the II Marine Expeditionary Force JLTV fielding site and spoke to Marines July 18 in an event aboard Camp Lejeune.
“I am very proud of the Joint Marine Corps and Army team whose mission-first approach and close interaction with the end user has delivered our Marine operators the JLTV,” said Geurts. “The fielding of these JLTVs provides our Marines the light tactical vehicle capability needed to compete and win on the modern battlefield.”
The JLTV family of vehicles is comprised of four different variants: the utility variant, general purpose vehicle, heavy guns carrier and close combat weapons carrier. All variants include multiple mission package configurations and provide protected, sustained and networked mobility that balances payload, performance and protection across the full range of military operations.
Col. Farrell Sullivan, chief of staff, 2nd Marine Division, spoke to Geurts on behalf of the operating forces.
“I think the battalion, like most battalions, are eager to get these out into the field,” said Sullivan. “We’re excited about the additional capability it brings, and also for its ability to get Marines to where they need to be.”
Geurts, Thomas, Chiarotti and Beaudreault then had the opportunity to speak to the Marines of 3/8 operating forces while taking a closer look at the vehicle.
Of the event, Geurts said, “It was an honor to hear directly from the Marines operating these vehicles about how much of a capability leap it presents over their aging legacy vehicles, and the many ideas they have on how to leverage them to enable new methods of mobility and expeditionary operations for the future fight.”
The Marine Corps is planning to field 15,390 JLTVs, replacing all High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles in the Corps’ legacy fleet in a one-for-one swap.
PEO Land Systems began delivery of the JLTV in February 2019 to the Corps’ schools of infantry and other supporting units. The Light Tactical Vehicle program office at PEO Land Systems will begin fielding the JLTV to First and Third Marine Division units by the end of September 2019.