African Lion 2012
Brig. Gen. Charles G. Chiarotti, center, the deputy commander of Marine Forces Africa and Marine Forces Europe, and 1st Lt. Ben Baker, right, an assistant intelligence officer with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, congratulate a member of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces during a ceremony to recognize the efforts of Moroccans during the Intelligence Capacity Building Workshop portion of Exercise African Lion here, April 13, 2012. African Lion is a bi-lateral training exercise between U.S. forces, including the 24th MEU, and Royal Moroccan Armed Forces to promote partnership and mutual understanding between each nation's militaries. The 24th MEU, along with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, is currently deployed as a theater security and crisis response force capable of a variety of mission from full-scale combat to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.