First you need to understand why the first troops going in are the 82nd and a MEU. Both are alert forces able to put boots on the ground and create a presence and a secure lodgement for follow on forces. Both are trained to give limited humanitarian aid until follow on arrives and both are more than able to secure areas in which to land supplies. With out security the operation is in jepordey of becoming a cluster.
The 82nd has elements that can set up expiediant ATC for fixed wing and may actually have USAF CCT elements attached, the MEU has HST elements for helo control and support and beach and port elements for amphib control.
So besides the security assets both units are critical for setting the stage for opening up an orderly and secure flow of aid.
Sgt. Rafael Peralta ,United States Marine Corps
Company A, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regt, 3rd Marine Divison
We will never forget your valor and sacrifice.
Semper Fi !