The MEKK Branch is the first branch of the Maquis Marines designed to allow members of the Corps to actually "wargame" with miniatures from the Battletech line of miniatures. To recognize this fact, a MEKK Combat Ribbon has been created and approved for Marines who actively participate in this Branch of the Maquis Forces Marine Corps (MFMC).
The MEKK Branch is a combat arm of the MFMC and reports to the Deputy Commandant. The current MEKK Branch Commanding Officer is Colonel Cary Griffin. MEKKs are 10 to 12 meter tall walking battle platforms. MEKKs come in 4 weight classes: Light (20-35 tons), Medium (40-55 tons), Heavy (60-75 tons) and Assault (80-100 tons).
MEKKs are generally armed with a myriad of Offensive and Defensive weapons. They are also equipped with the latest in sensor technology and armor protection.
MFMC COLLEGE COURSES
The Marine College offers three courses for qualification into the MEKK Branch of the MFMC. Currently we have a manual and are working on tests for the College. The insignia of the MEKK Branch is a pair of crossed Cavalry Sabers.
Bronze sabers are awarded to those who pass the Basic MEKK Course; gold sabers to those who pass the Intermediate MEKK Course; silver sabers for those who pass the advanced course.
MEKK BRANCH AWARDS
Mekk Campaign Ribbon
For those who helped start the MFMC MEKK program
Mekk Battle Ribbon
This ribbon is worn with a bronze oak leaf attachment after winning 10 battles; additional attachments every 10 wins. At the 50-win level, a (painted) gold oak leaf replaces the bronze; additional attachments every 10 wins. At the 100-win level, a silver oak leaf attachment replaces the gold.
Mekk Pilot of the Year
This ribbon is awarded to one MFMC MEKK corps member for creativeness, bravery and skill in the face of battle
Mekk Company of the Year
This ribbon is awarded to one MFMC MEKK company (same unit and ship) for creativeness, bravery and skill in the face of battle. Lower precedence than Mekk Pilot of the Year.
MEKK BRANCH ORGANIZATION
Currently the Maquis Marines MEKK Organizational Structure is organized for operational harmony with other Branches of the MFMC and Maquis Navy. The current number of MEKK combat units gives the Maquis Forces flexibility in meeting both Strategic and Tactical Operational requirements. The capabilities of the MEKKs themselves allow them to conduct reconnaissance, operate behind enemy lines, electronic countermeasures, anti-infantry, anti-aerospace, tank destroyer, anti-mekk and so on. On an Operational standpoint the MEKK Branch currently fields 7 Regiments of 108 MEKKs each. Each Marine Division has an attached MEKK Regiment at its disposal. A MEKK Regiment has 3 Squadrons of 38 MEKKs; each Squadron has 3 Troops of 14 Mekks; each Troop has 3 Platoons of 4 MEKKs. A Platoon is the Basic unit in the MEKK Branch, it has 4 MEKKs. MEKK Troops are assigned to Squadron on an as-needed bases, MEKKs rarely operate in units smaller than Troop size, unless a specialized mission is assigned to a MEKK Platoon; ie. Reconnaissance, Special Ops, rescue, etc.
Recently it was decided to add a Traditional Armored Component in addition to the MEKK Branch. Colonel Charles Shananaquet II, will be responsible for its development. The CO Armor Branch will also confer with the Deputy Commandant MFMC while the sub-branch is under development. Final approval for its development will rest with the Commandant MFMC.
Currently the Maquis Marines Armor Organizational Structure is organized as follows: An Tank Regiment has 3 Battalions of 58 Tanks; each Battalion has 4 Companies of 14 Tanks plus two for the Battalion Commander and Battalion S-3 (Operations Officer) plus other support vehicles needed for the running of the Battalion in combat operations; each Company has 3 Platoons of 4 tanks plus two tanks for the Company Commander and Company Executive Officer and other support vehicles. A Platoon is the Basic unit in the Armor Branch, it has 4 tanks. Tank Companies are assigned to Battalions, tanks rarely operate in units smaller than Company size, unless a specialized mission is assigned to a Armor Platoon; ie. Reconnaissance, Special Ops, rescue, etc.
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