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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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Homecoming for part of the last major Marine command to deploy to Afghanistan

By Jenn Hlad | August 14, 2014

First Lt. Caleb Peterson got back just in time. The Marine returned home from a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan an hour before doctors were scheduled to induce labor for his wife, who was pregnant with the couple’s third son. The baby was due Monday, Peterson said, but “he waited on me.” Peterson was one of about 75 Marines with Tango MORE
SARCs Conduct Dive Training SARCs sharpen their diving skills to support Marines

By Lance Cpl. Seth Starr | August 05, 2014

Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion recently conducted proficiency dive training aboard Camp Pendleton Calif., July 22, 2014.  The training consisted of a 10-minute dive in order to familiarize the SARCs with their equipment and operating procedures when submerged underwater.  Safety procedures and MORE
Urban Leaders Course: Breaking Barriers Urban Leaders Course: Breaking Barriers

By Lance Cpl. Seth Starr | August 04, 2014

1st Marine Division Schools, Urban Leaders course recently held training for Marines from 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Battalion 1st Marine Regiment and 1st Combat Engineers Battalion aboard Camp Pendleton Calif., July 28, 2014.  Marines participating in the three-week Urban Leader’s Course were taught the fundamentals and MORE
From Brush to Rush From Brush to Rush

By Lance Cpl. William Perkins | August 01, 2014

After four days of dragging their boots across the mountains of Camp Pendleton, the Marines of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment reached the conclusion of their hike only to be greeted with yet another challenge. Once the infantrymen’s packs hit the ground, the Marines began their planning for a simulated live-fire assault on Range MORE
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
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