ARLINGTON, Va. --
Aircraft from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit joined Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn in the early morning hours of March 20, in support of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973, which is centered on protecting Libyan citizens from any further harm from the Libyan Leader Muammar al-Qadhafi’s regime.
AV-8B Harriers targeted Qadhafi’s ground forces and air defenses, joining the effort to halt an offensive against the Libyan population.
“Protecting the innocent and conducting combined operations are what we are designed to do,” said Col. Mark J. 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, commanded by Adm. Samuel J. Locklear, III, is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of UNSCR 1973, which authorizes all necessary measures to protect civilians there.