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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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1/1 sharpens small unit leadership skills during squad tactics training 1/1 sharpens small unit leadership skills during squad tactics training

By Lance Cpl. Jonathan Boynes | April 17, 2014

Dozens of Marines moved up the steep, rocky hill with their eyes wide and their heads on a swivel. As they edged closer to the top of the hill, small, green targets became faintly visible in the distance. The Marines dropped to the ground and began firing. Overtop sporadic bursts of machine-gun fire and the sharp cracks of M16’s, commands were MORE
Marines hone leadership skills in the Division School's Urban Leaders Course Marines hone leadership skills in the Division Schools Urban Leader’s Course

By Lance Cpl. David Silvano | April 17, 2014

The sun beat down on the Marines, already gasping from beneath their gas masks. Their bodies, wrapped in flak jackets and Kevlar helmets, were like tanks in armor trudging through the dirt roads and dark buildings of the Urban Operations town toward the objective. They moved with a sense of purpose, not stopping to catch their breath or raise a MORE
“War Dogs” revise mortar skills

By Lance Cpl. Joshua Murray | April 17, 2014

Explosions shook the valley as the Marines with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, put mortars on target from hundreds of yards away.  The unit, nicknamed “War Dogs,” traveled from Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., to conduct a live mortar fire exercise on the different types of terrain the base has MORE
2/4 Marines, families honor fallen Ramadi Marines during 10-year anniversary ceremony

By Lance Cpl. Jonathan Boynes | April 09, 2014

Marines, veterans and their families gathered at the 5th Marine Regiment Memorial Garden to pay their respects to the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Battle of Ramadi. Not a dry eye could be found among the crowd as Marines laid Purple Heart Medals on top of the Operation Iraqi MORE
Urban Combat Training Divisions Schools familiarizes Marines with urban combat techniques

By Lance Cpl. Joshua Murray | April 09, 2014

The sun glared down on the field as Marines moved into position around the makeshift house as the wind covered the sound of their movement. As they held their positions and waited to conduct the raid, two enemy soldiers waited inside the house, holding a hostage. The Marines raised their weapons and prepared for a raid their instructors wouldn’t MORE
“Magnificent Bastards” Re-familiarize themselves with infantry tactics

By LCpl Ashton Buckingham | April 09, 2014

The sound of mortars echoed through the air as Marines with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine regiment, maneuvered through the dry, rocky creek bed. Machine guns rained suppressive fire down on the opposing hill in an effort to give the riflemen necessary cover.  For the next three days riflemen, assault men, machine-gunners and mortar-men MORE
Artillery Marines polish skills during battalion fire exercise Artillery Marines polish skills during battalion fire exercise

By Lance Cpl. Jonathan Boynes | April 03, 2014

Marines slogged through thick soupy mud stacking round after round onto wooden pallets, each steadily sinking into the earth. The icy rain and heavy wind crept into their bones slowing the pace of the day. In spite of the harsh conditions, the Marines stayed alert with their heads high and ears open. An order, muffled in static, came through over MORE
Marines Conduct Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation Ohio Marine Participates in Combat Readiness Evaluation with Dark Horse

By Lance Cpl. David Silvano | April 03, 2014

A Marine used to providing security for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps can find it difficult to make the transition to providing security in the field. This was not the case for Lance Cpl. Brandon Bender, a rifleman with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. He took part in a Marine Corps Combat MORE
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