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Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Tank Battalion, advance in formation on a mock enemy position in an M1A1 Abrams main battle tank during Exercise Desert Scimitar aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 11, 2014. The training gave the Marines the opportunity to refine and rehearse essential combat skills needed in a battlefield environment. Desert Scimitar is an annual exercise that includes elements from the I Marine Expeditionary Force. The exercise focused on conventional operations and provided realistic training that prepared Marines for overseas operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher J. Moore/Released)
1st Tank Bn. blasts through Exercise Desert Scimitar 2014
Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Tank Battalion, advance in formation on a mock enemy position in an M1A1 Abrams main battle tank during Exercise Desert Scimitar aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 11, 2014. The training gave the Marines the opportunity to refine and rehearse essential combat skills needed in a battlefield environment. Desert Scimitar is an annual exercise that includes elements from the I Marine Expeditionary Force. The exercise focused on conventional operations and provided realistic training that prepared Marines for overseas operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher J. Moore/Released)
Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Tank Battalion, put their M1A1 abrams main battle tank into a defensive position during Exercise Desert Scimitar aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 11, 2014. The training gave the Marines the opportunity to refine and rehearse essential combat skills needed in a battlefield environment. Desert Scimitar is an annual exercise that includes elements from the I Marine Expeditionary Force. The exercise focused on conventional operations and provided realistic training that prepared Marines for overseas operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher J. Moore/Released)
1st Tank Bn. blasts through Exercise Desert Scimitar 2014
Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Tank Battalion, put their M1A1 abrams main battle tank into a defensive position during Exercise Desert Scimitar aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 11, 2014. The training gave the Marines the opportunity to refine and rehearse essential combat skills needed in a battlefield environment. Desert Scimitar is an annual exercise that includes elements from the I Marine Expeditionary Force. The exercise focused on conventional operations and provided realistic training that prepared Marines for overseas operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher J. Moore/Released)
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The 35th commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos, visits Marines and Sailors during a battlefield circulation at Forward Operating Base Shir Gazay, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on June 19, 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans)(RELEASED)
The 35th commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos, visits Marines and Sailors
The 35th commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos, visits Marines and Sailors during a battlefield circulation at Forward Operating Base Shir Gazay, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on June 19, 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans)(RELEASED)
U.S. Marines and Sailors with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, wait out a dust storm on Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 15, 2013.
Dust Storm
U.S. Marines and Sailors with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, wait out a dust storm on Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 15, 2013.
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Paul Gates, commanding officer, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, pauses during a dismounted patrol with Afghan National Civil Order Policemen during Operation California in Kajaki district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013.
Operation California
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Paul Gates, commanding officer, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, pauses during a dismounted patrol with Afghan National Civil Order Policemen during Operation California in Kajaki district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013.
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, addresses U.S.Marines and Sailors assigned to Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 7 on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, April 22, 2013.
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry addresses U.S.Marines and Sailors
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, addresses U.S.Marines and Sailors assigned to Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 7 on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, April 22, 2013.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Zachary Schaible, left, and Cpl. Andrew Sanders, assigned to Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 7, set up Secure Internet Protocol and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Access Point (SNAP) satellite communications system on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 24, 2013.
Setting up SNAP Satellite Communications System
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Zachary Schaible, left, and Cpl. Andrew Sanders, assigned to Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 7, set up Secure Internet Protocol and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Access Point (SNAP) satellite communications system on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 24, 2013.
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Peter Estridge and Maj. Paul Harris, both assigned to Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 7 share a moment of levity while waiting in formation on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 1, 2013.
Waiting in Formation
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Peter Estridge and Maj. Paul Harris, both assigned to Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 7 share a moment of levity while waiting in formation on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 1, 2013.
A U.S. Marine M1A1 Abrams tank with Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 7, is staged on forward operating base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
A U.S. Marine M1A1 Abrams tank with Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 7
A U.S. Marine M1A1 Abrams tank with Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 7, is staged on forward operating base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Phillip Lim, left, and Cpl. Brandon Baber, both assigned to Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 7, take a pause from conducting function checks on an M1A1 Abrams tank on forward operating base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
Taking a Pause from Conducting Function Checks
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Phillip Lim, left, and Cpl. Brandon Baber, both assigned to Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 7, take a pause from conducting function checks on an M1A1 Abrams tank on forward operating base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christopher Melin, a loader with Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 7, pauses from conducting function checks on an M1A1 Abrams tank on forward operating base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
Lance Cpl. Christopher Melin, a loader with Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 7
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christopher Melin, a loader with Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 7, pauses from conducting function checks on an M1A1 Abrams tank on forward operating base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Robert Oak, left, Civil Affairs operations chief, Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 7, and Georgian Army Capt. Mikheil Mazmishvili, tour a M1A1 Abrams tank on forward operating base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
Touring a M1A1 Abrams tank
U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Robert Oak, left, Civil Affairs operations chief, Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 7, and Georgian Army Capt. Mikheil Mazmishvili, tour a M1A1 Abrams tank on forward operating base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jared Bailey, from Higden, Ark., assigned to Afghan National Civil Order Police Kandak 1 Advisor Team, Regimental Combat Team 7, conducts small arms live fire training on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
Small Arms Live Fire Training
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jared Bailey, from Higden, Ark., assigned to Afghan National Civil Order Police Kandak 1 Advisor Team, Regimental Combat Team 7, conducts small arms live fire training on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Conor Shannon, left, and Cpl. Jared Bailey, both assigned to Afghan National Civil Order Police Kandak 1 Advisor Team, Regimental Combat Team 7, maneuver between stations while conducting small arms live fire
training on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
1st Lt. Conor Shannon and Cpl. Jared Bailey maneuver between stations
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Conor Shannon, left, and Cpl. Jared Bailey, both assigned to Afghan National Civil Order Police Kandak 1 Advisor Team, Regimental Combat Team 7, maneuver between stations while conducting small arms live fire training on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
Combat Camera Imagery April 15-May 1, 2013
Combat Camera Imagery April 15-May 1, 2013
Combat Camera Imagery April 15-May 1, 2013
Costa Mesa Police Officers visit Marines of 1st Tank Battalion and get an inside look at the M1A1 Abrams Tank at the battalion's tank ramp June 28, 2012. The Marines also got an up close look at the officers' motorcycles.
Costa Mesa Police Officers visit Marines of 1st Tank Battalion
Costa Mesa Police Officers visit Marines of 1st Tank Battalion and get an inside look at the M1A1 Abrams Tank at the battalion's tank ramp June 28, 2012. The Marines also got an up close look at the officers' motorcycles.
Cpl. Joshua Pacheco, motor transport operator, 1st Tank Battalion, helps the Motor T Team in the pull-ups portion of 1st Tanks' field meet at Del Valle Field Aug. 31, 2012. The Motor T team went on to win the meet for the second time in a row.
1st Tanks' Field Meet
Cpl. Joshua Pacheco, motor transport operator, 1st Tank Battalion, helps the Motor T Team in the pull-ups portion of 1st Tanks' field meet at Del Valle Field Aug. 31, 2012. The Motor T team went on to win the meet for the second time in a row.
First Lt. MarkAnthony Villanueva, platoon commander, 1st Tank Battalion, takes the center position in the tug of war during the 1st Tanks' field meet at Del Valle Field Aug. 31, 2012.
1st Tanks' Field Meet
Cpl. John Stewie, mechanic, 1st Tanks, throws the 42-pound Tank Bar in the Tank Bar Toss during the 1st Tanks' field meet at Del Valle Field Aug. 31, 2012.
First Lt. MarkAnthony Villanueva, platoon commander, 1st Tank Battalion, takes the center position in the tug of war during the 1st Tanks' field meet at Del Valle Field Aug. 31, 2012.
1st Tanks' Field Meet
First Lt. MarkAnthony Villanueva, platoon commander, 1st Tank Battalion, takes the center position in the tug of war during the 1st Tanks' field meet at Del Valle Field Aug. 31, 2012.
Mission
To close with and destroy the enemy using expeditionary armor-protected firepower, shock effect, and maneuver in support of the MAGTF across the range of military operations.



1st Tank Battalion Leaders

LtCol C. V. Meyers
Commanding Officer, 1st Tank Battalion
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Maj. D. L. Klingensmith
Executive Officer, 1st Tank Battalion
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Sergeant Major Priester
Sergeant Major,1st Tank Battalion
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Welcome

     At 1st Tank Battalion, our priority is to provide the Marine Corps and our Nation with the premier armored maneuver platform our Nation’s leaders expect.  To do this, we must train to remain operationally ready throughout the year, and an important aspect of operational readiness is family readiness.  The goal of the 1st Tank Battalion’s Family Readiness Program is to train and prepare our Marines, Sailors, and family members for both expected and unexpected life events that can challenge our resiliency as a unit.

     Whether you are new to the Marine Corps family or have already experienced a few Permanent Change of Station moves, you are a part of the 1st Tank Battalion family.  As a family, one of the greatest challenges we bear is that of a high operational tempo and the constant preparation for the unknown.  Although the Battalion doesn’t deploy on a regular basis, this unit is considered a ‘break-glass-in-case-of-war” unit.  If called upon once again to protect our national interests overseas, the key element that will sustain the Battalion is our unit cohesion.  Regardless of the size of the unit deployed, how we come together as a unit and family will determine how we win our Nation’s battles.  A vital component of unit cohesion is trust: trust between the Marines; trust between the leaders and led; and trust between the unit and the families. 

     Through family events, spouse events, and consistent, reliable communication between the unit and the families, we can continue to build a unit cohesion that will make this a rewarding tour for you and your Marine or Sailor.  If the families feel comfortable that they are informed and their Marine or Sailor is being taken care of, then that Marine or Sailor feels more confident in their choice to serve their Nation.  When the Non-Commissioned Officers, Staff Non-Commissioned Officers, and Officers of 1st Tank Battalion discuss developing unit cohesion in order to be successful in combat, they understand that this includes the families. 

     Your Marines and Sailors have been challenged to focus on the fight, take care of one another, and strive for balance.  Although deceptively simple, these three tasks include family readiness, particularly the third.  The Department of the Navy asks a lot of your Marine or Sailor on a daily basis, and sometimes it can be more than any individual can endure.  This is why we have a Family Readiness Program and why it’s so important to the Marine Corps.

     There are numerous resources available to assist all of us in the pursuit of developing the cohesion necessary for operational and family readiness.  The leadership of 1st Tank Battalion will ensure that each and every Marine is aware of the resources available and the opportunities to participate in our Family Readiness Program events, including the Single Marine Program.  Alongside our responsibility to keep the Marines, Sailors, and families informed, your support and participation will assist 1st Tank Battalion and the Marine Corps in being the “most ready when the Nation is least ready.”

C. V. MEYERS


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