The First Marines Expeditionary Force based out of Camp
Pendelton is responsible for operations in the Middle East.
Certain portions of the 2nd MEF based at Camp Lejuene were sent to
the Middle East to augment the 1st MEF. Below is a table of those
2nd MEF units sent to Kuwait and Iraq. Steve's unit is highlighted
US Marine Forces CENTCOM [MARCENT]
First US Marines Expeditionary Force (60000 troops)
It would seem that 2nd CEB is or has traditionally been attached to the 2nd
Battalion 8th Marines Brigade (see
global security ) which appears to be borne out by the link
above. It is probably just conjecture, but if so, it is possible that he has been a pretty busy guy recently and hardly bored given 2nd CEB's
mission statement and where the
2nd Battalion 8th Marines have been on the other side of the Euphrates River
most recently at Nasiriyah.