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1st Marine Division

The Old Breed

Camp Pendleton, CA
Mission
Today, 1st Marine Division is a multi-role, expeditionary ground combat force. The Division is employed as the ground combat element (GCE) of I MEF or may provide task-organized forces for assault operations and such operations as may be directed. The 1st Marine Division must be able to provide the ground amphibious forcible entry capability to the naval expeditionary force (NEF) and to conduct subsequent land operations in any operational environment.
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11th Marines welcomes new commanding officer 11th Marines welcomes new commanding officer

By Lance Cpl. David Silvano | July 23, 2014

Colonel Christopher A. Tavuchis, assumed command of 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force from Col. Stephen Liszewski during a change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 22, 2014.  The regiment, activated in 1927, serves as the primary source of fire support for the 1st Marine MORE
Marines Improve at IIT Marines Improve at IIT

By Lance Cpl. John Baker | July 23, 2014

The California air sat still as the sun rose over a compound in Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, however, the facility they entered has little in common with the large military base filled with all the amenities found in a small U.S. town. Marines entered the compound from the northwest gate on the alert and prepared for anything as they did not MORE
1st Recon Company C Marines Conduct Jump Training 1st Recon Company C Marines conduct jump training

By Lance Cpl. Carson Gramley | July 01, 2014

Marines and Sailors with Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, participated in freefall and static line jump training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 25. 2014. The training was held for sustainment purposes as well as transitioning some of the Marines toward using a style MORE
First Marine Division mourns the loss of Sgt. Spitzer

By Courtesy Story | July 01, 2014

The United States Marine Corps mourns the loss of one of its own.  Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, 23, a mortarman with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, based out of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, June 25.   Spitzer enlisted in the MORE
2/11 Marines learn firefighting techniques 2/11 Marines learn firefighting techniques

By Courtesy Story | July 01, 2014

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, conducted a Woodland Firefighting Course aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 26, 2014. The training was led by firefighters from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Camp Pendleton Fire MORE
Retired Lt. Gen. speaks about the second battle of Fallujah Retired Lt. Gen. speaks about the second battle of Fallujah

By Courtesy Story | June 24, 2014

Marines with 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, learned about the second battle of Fallujah, Iraq during a Professional Military Education class aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 18, 2014.  The class was given by retired Marine Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, commanding general of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Iraq from 2004 to MORE
1st LAR change of command 1st LAR change of command

By Lance Cpl. Anna Albrecht | June 20, 2014

1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, held a change of command ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 19, 2014.  During the ceremony, Lt. Col. Gilbert D. Juarez relinquished command of the Highlanders to Lt. Col. Christian M. Rankin.  Major Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, Commanding General, MORE
1st CEB change of command 1st CEB change of command

By Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel | June 20, 2014

1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, held a change of command ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 18. After 18 months with the battalion, Lt. Col. Andrew Winthrop relinquished command to Lt. Col. Colin Smith.  Major Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, the commanding general of 1st Marine Division, said he met Smith while serving as a MORE
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