Cherry Point Harrier Jets Join Military Action In Libya

The international military action in Libya against Muammar al-Qadhafi's forces involved 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit aircraft from Cherry Point.

Strikes from 26th MEU's AV-8B Harriers against Qadhafi's ground forces and air defenses commenced in the early morning hours Sunday, joining an international effort to halt an offensive against the Libyan leader.

The jets were launched from the USS Kearsarge.

President Barack Obama authorized limited military action against Libya Saturday, saying Moammar Gadhafi's continued assault on his own people left the U.S. and its international partners with no other choice.

"Protecting the innocent and conducting combined operations are what we are designed to do," said Col. Mark Desens, commanding officer of 26th MEU. "Our forces are doing both as part of the U.S. commitment to protect Libyan citizens."

Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973.

UNSCR 1973 authorizes all necessary measures to protect civilians in Libya under threat of attack by Qadhafi regime forces.

The 26th MEU, which deployed in late August, is made up of about 2,200 Marines and sailors from Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point, and New River.

JTF Odyssey Dawn is commanded by U.S. Navy Admiral Samuel Locklear, III.

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  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Mar 21, 2011 at 11:07 AM
    Define a terrorist act please #1 A truck loaded with explosives drives up to a building and boom #2 A cruise missle loaded with explosives flies up to a building and boom. I think the boom sounds the same no matter who pulls the trigger.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 21, 2011 at 12:40 PM in reply to Greg
      Greg, so missgided...#1 A truck loaded with explosives drives up to a hotel full of civilians and boom #2 A cruise missle loaded with explosives flies up to a military target command and control and boom. One targets civilians and the other military murderous dictators supporter.....just thought I would clean up a very airheaded post...
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        by greg on Mar 21, 2011 at 01:53 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        Ok the truck drives up to the marine barracks in Beirut....remember that one? Bombs and cruise missles don't miss? I guess you never saw body close up, they don't really care if it said made in USA or not. It is you that is missguided and can't see both sides of the fence and the point I was trying to make. terrorist or freedom fighter depends on which side of the bomb you are on now doesn't it. And once again people like you have no clue why people in the middle east and thoughout the world don't like the USA. The shoe would have been on a different foot if Canada tried a no fly zone and bombed targets in Wisconsin over that huh? granted it wasn't armed conflict but the again Wisconsin ain't Libya.
  • by FedUp! Location: Pitt on Mar 21, 2011 at 10:48 AM
    Can't believe you people! You bashed Bush for Iraq and Afganistan but Mr. Obama can go invade Lybia with out congressional approval and you think he is a hero. You people need to wake up !!!!!!!!
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 21, 2011 at 12:05 PM in reply to FedUp!
      Is Obama still on vacation? Why is our congress not raising cane about this? Where are the protesters in DC and Code Pink. screaming end the war? It only goes to prove that liberals are absolute hypocrits.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 21, 2011 at 07:02 AM
    Eric, just like Egypt? The radical group "The Muslim Brotherhood" is ahead in elections and will take over the country. Marine Brat...Sheria Law isn't democracy....look at Iran. I love how you critisized Bush for Iraq when Sadaam and his murderous sons were murdering thousands and now some of you compliment Obama....Well, this is Obamas war now. He didn't get congressional least Bush did. So which is it?
  • by eric here on Mar 21, 2011 at 06:01 AM
    Isolationism really didn’t work for us back in the day. Back in ww2 Germany had all of Europe on its knees and we didn’t do anything until we were attacked. So it is only in our best interest we help countries like this especially if they r killing innocents. Let’s say we don’t help anyone and slowly every country is taken over by radical groups and one of those countries is a nuclear power. What’s to stop them from using their nuclear arsenal on their enemies or us, not much? So it is in everyone’s best interest to neutralize radical elements regardless of which country they r in other wise one day u or your kids might b speaking a different language. And for those who bash the military its cool I know people who have died so u can have that right but in my opinion someone who can say anything bad about anyone who would sign up during a time of war go into a combat zone and die well there r not enough profane words to fully express my feelings toward u. Freedom is not free it is kept that way with blood.
  • by marine brat Location: J'ville on Mar 20, 2011 at 09:37 PM
    There is a push for democracy going on nowadays in the Mideast (watch the news). Along with doing what is right for the Libyan people, helping the democratic movement over there is in our long term best interest.
  • by Anonymous Location: JAX on Mar 20, 2011 at 04:37 PM
    MOVE Critter! or Slide back under your rock! Peace!
  • by local girl on Mar 20, 2011 at 04:19 PM
    I agree that it is getting old that the US must get involved in other everybodies business, but the USA should not turn its head and pretend that we do not see innocent people being slaughtered. Our country did not get to be great by not doing what is right. After we leave this life, we are judged on if we did what is right. So few today seems to remember that it is our duty to care for our fellow man, and those in need. I would be afraid to face the next life if I chose not to help the people of Libya.
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      by Whoa! on Mar 20, 2011 at 07:27 PM in reply to local girl
      Agreed. I have a problem getting involved in a conflict between two countries or even a civil uprising. However, when innocent civilians are being slaughtered, I feel we have to intervene.
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      by Local Marine on Mar 21, 2011 at 04:32 AM in reply to local girl
      Apparently you have not been reading the news, have you seen the gas prices? It is about the oil and how it effects our economy. I do agree with you that we should stay out other countries, but if you look at what is really happening, Qaddafi won't step down and gets all his man power and income from oil that he sells to other countries. Military personnel from my perspective does not want to participate in this matter, however what other choice to we have? It's not the military its the country and leaders of the great nation that make those decisions. Not technically all over people getting slaughtered, which is quite sad.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2011 at 04:18 PM
    WITN, you need to create a "like" button for comments!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2011 at 09:30 PM in reply to
      I second that along with larger pictures. These tiny pictures are sooooo irritating to try and look at.
  • by Formerly THE Voice Location: Berkeley, CA on Mar 20, 2011 at 12:25 PM
    You mean the sound of american militarism and imperialism. Those of us who do not worship your so-called "heroes" do not see it that way.
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      by BrianL on Mar 20, 2011 at 01:47 PM in reply to Formerly THE Voice
      A liberal from CA, what were the odds? If you don't feel like standing with our military in support, feel free to stand in front of them.
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        by Formerly THE Voice on Mar 20, 2011 at 07:32 PM in reply to BrianL
        Same idiotic mentality. I'm not surprised.
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      by Get a Life on Mar 20, 2011 at 04:17 PM in reply to Formerly THE Voice
      If you dont support the military men and women thats your choice, but stop coming up here and disgracing them like you do with every story posted about the military.
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        by Formerly THE Voice on Mar 20, 2011 at 07:01 PM in reply to Get a Life
        It is called freedom of speech. Deal with it. Unless it is not what you believe in, such as supporting these rubes.
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          by BLAHammed on Mar 21, 2011 at 02:44 AM in reply to Formerly THE Voice
          Remember,war give you that freedom of speech.Deal with it.
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      by Big E. on Mar 20, 2011 at 06:39 PM in reply to Formerly THE Voice
      I hear a Voice form my back side occasinally, Don't pay it much attention either!
  • by Critter on Mar 20, 2011 at 12:00 PM
    When will the leaders of our country mind their own business..............I mean we have enough wars to pay for right now...............I'm sick of it!
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