United States Marine Corps Combat Camera

USMC Combat Camera

Concept of Operations

There are COMCAM assets assigned to every element of the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) at the GCE, ACE, MLG and SE (bases and stations). Marine Corps Combat Camera is organized and structured to provide commanders with photographic, video, digital, printed products and archival capabilities which directly support Marine Corps operations, enhancing decision-making processes and situational awareness. Marine Corps COMCAM acquires and exploits still and motion imagery in support of combat, information operations, humanitarian, special force, intelligence, reconnaissance, engineering, legal, public affairs, and other operations involving the Military Services.

RECOMMENDED MARINE PUBLICATIONS:

  • FMFM MCWP 3-33 7 MAGTF Combat Camera
  • MCO 3104.1A Marine Corps Combat Camera Program

MARINE CONTACTS

Joint operations planners should contact the following commands for tasking and planning.

For all questions pertaining to COMCAM policies and actions:
COMBAT CAMERA MANAGEMENT, TECOM CCM
Commanding General (C468CCM)
Training and Education Command
3300 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-5001

Physical Address:
Combat Camera Management
2043 Barnett Avenue
Quantico, VA 22134-5001


Joint Tasking POC

US Joint Forces Command J681 COCOM, Signal – C41 & COMCAM, Joint working Group Lead, is the first POC for requesting Marine Corps COMCAM assets for Joint "Real World" Operations or deployment. USJFCOM will contact MARFORCOM and TECOM CCM for planning and organization requirements.

United States Marine Corps Combat Camera Photo

U.Sl Joint Forces Command
1562 Mitscheer Ave, Suite 200
Norfolk, Va 23551
757-836-7028/8964

Training and Education Command
2043 Barnett Road,
Quantico, VA 22134-5027
Phone: (703) 784-3372 DSN 278

For joint exercise support requirements commands should contact the Marine Corps unit within the training or operation AO. For preliminary planning contact the COMCAM Officer / Director for that command listed below.


MARINE CORPS COMCAM LOCATIONS:

HQMC:

  • TECOM, Quantico, VA
  • MCSC, Quantico, VA
  • CD&I, Quantico, VA
  • Admin and Resource Management HQMC, Pentagon,
  • Marine Corps Information Operations Center, Quantico, VA
  • Plans, Policy and Operations, HQMC, Wash D.C.

(FMF) Overseas

  • Marine Corps Forces Pacific, Camp Smith HI,
    • III MEF CE, Camp Courtney, Okinawa, JP
      • 3rd Marine Division, Camp Courtney, Okinawa, JP
      • 3rd Marine Regiment, MCB Kaneohe Bay, HI
      • 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Foster, Okinawa, JP
      • 3rd Marine Logistical Group, Camp Kinser, Okinawa, JP
      • 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Camp Hansen, Okinawa, JP
      • Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Honolulu, HI

(FMF) West Coast

  • I MEF CE, MCB Camp Pendleton, CA
    • 1st Marine Division, MCB Camp Pendleton, CA
    • 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Miramar, CA
    • 1st Marine Logistical Group, MCB Camp Pendleton, CA
    • 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, MCB Camp Pendleton, CA
    • 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, MCB Camp Pendleton, CA
    • 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, MCB Camp Pendleton, CA

(FMF) East Coast

  • II MEF CE, Camp Lejeune, NC
    • 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC
    • 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 2nd Marine Logistical Group, Camp Lejeune, NC
    • Marine Corps Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, NC
    • 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, Camp Lejeune, NC
    • 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Camp Lejeune, NC
    • 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit¸ Camp Lejeune, NC

(FMF) Central

  • Marine Forces Reserve (MARFORRES), New Orleans, LA
    • 4th Marine Division, New Orleans, LA
    • 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, New Orleans, LA
    • 4th Marine Logistics Group, New Orleans, LA
    • Mobilization Command, New Orleans, LA

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Recruiting Commands:

  • Marine Corps Recruiting Cmd, Quantico, VA
  • 1st Marine Corps Recruiting District, Garden City, NY
  • 4th Marine Corps Recruiting District, Harrisburg, PA
  • 6th Marine Corps Recruiting District, Parris, SC
  • 8th Marine Corps Recruiting District, Fort Worth, TX
  • 9th Marine Corps Recruiting District, Kansas City, MO
  • 12th Marine Corps Recruiting District, San Diego, CA

Training Commands:

  • SOI East, Camp Lejeune, NC
  • MCSSS, Camp Johnson, NC<
  • MAGTF-TC, 29 Palms, CA
  • MCRD San Diego, CA
  • MCRD Parris Island, SC
  • MAWTS-1 Training Div, MCAS Yuma, AZ

(Bases and Stations)

  • CVIC MCCDC, Quantico, VA
  • MCI, Marine Barracks 8th & I, Wash, D.C.
  • MCB Camp Pendleton, CA
  • MCB Kaneohe Bay, HI
  • MCB Camp Lejeune, NC
  • MCAS Cherry Point, NC
  • MCAS Iwakuni, JP
  • MCAS Beaufort, SC
  • MCAS New River, NC
  • MCAS Miramar, CA
  • MCAS Yuma, AZ

ALL MARINE CORPS UNITS ARE TASKED AS FOLLOWS:

Tasking Chain for Marine Corp COMCAM:
To:    CMC WASHINGTON DC//PP&O/DIRPA// 
         Info: CG TECOM QUANTICO VA//G3/C468CCM//
         DEFENSE MEDIA ACTIVITY WASHINGTON DC//DIMOC
JOPES tasking chain: NONE (no UTC’s listed)

MARINE CORPS MOSs

4602 – Combat Camera Officer (WO1-O4)
4691 – Combat Camera Chief (E7-E9)
4641 – Combat Photographer (E1-E6)
4671 – Combat Videographer (Video) (E1-E6)
4612 – Combat Production Specialist (Graphics) (E-1-E6)


MARINE CORPS COMCAM ASSETS

Marine Corps COMCAM has specific and unique systems that make them valuable to many different joint requirements. Marine Corps COMCAM largest asset to joint operations is the Tactical Imagery Production System (TIPS).

1. The TIPS consists of the following:

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Support system – Government-Off-The Shelf (GOTS), Environmental Control Unit (ECU), Generator, Power Distribution Unit (PDU), Shelter and Transformer

Multi-Media Digital Imagery System – (Still, Video, Graphics) capable of:
 

  • Full digital and analog duplication of imagery
  • Cataloging, Archiving, Retrieving and Transmission of any imagery

Reproduction

  • High volume black / white and color digital printing
  • Online and offline finishing, and
  • Large format printing

The system support components are organic to the MAGTF COMCAM. The open architecture is designed to integrate with emerging technology and other Marine Corps systems and is completely interoperable with all Combat Camera systems, designed for fast set-up and minimal operational down time, and has built-in sub-systems redundancy for continued operation even after possible catastrophic failure of equipment components.

COMCAM Support

Click the links below to learn how to task the individual services.