The 28th Marine Corps South Expo is scheduled for Thursday and Friday at Goettge Memorial Field House on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

The annual expo is designed to showcase the latest innovative displays, computer simulations and state-of-the-art technical systems and equipment designed for the Marine Corps.

This year’s show features the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), which will supplement, and then partially replace, the legacy High Mobility Multi Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), as well as an overview of Marine Corps physical fitness initiatives, and an opportunity for Marines to sustain their battle skills.

A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Thursday, with exhibits open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other events associated with the expo include Marine Corps League Talking Points from 1 to 2 p.m., Marine for Life Network Program from 2 to 3 p.m., and the Marine For Life Semper Fi Mixer from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Author John Ligato, who wrote “The Gunny” about Medal of Honor recipient John Canley, is scheduled for a meet and greet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Booth 319.

Events continue Friday with Warrior Day events from 7 to 9 a.m. Exhibits will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other events associated with the expo include an overview of the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Program from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., and a presentation on post traumatic winning from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Marine Corps League and Marine Corps Installations East put on the event.

“We are incredibly proud of our Marines and very supportive of their mission set. This event showcases the future of the Marine Corp’s expeditionary force capabilities,” said Mike Regner, national chairman of the Marine Corps League Exposition Committee and a retired Marine major general. “For 28 years, this exposition has been an annual event at Camp Lejeune, and the Marine Corps League is proud to team with Marine Corps Installations East to bring the exposition back again.”

The expo provides Marines and other military and civilian defense personnel with opportunities to speak with manufacturers showcasing the newest hardware produced for military personnel worldwide, and in some cases, to try out the equipment. The show will feature about 100 exhibitors, with about 3,000 people expected to attend.  

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