1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Bn

 

1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Bn

1st Marine Division

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A Light Armored Vehicle (LAV-25) with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Detachment, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides security for an amphibious raid during Certification Exercise (CERTEX) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 19, 2015. The Marines with the 1st LAR Det honed their skills as they prepare for their upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elize McKelvey/Released)
Always Ready; LAVs got your back
A Light Armored Vehicle (LAV-25) with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Detachment, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, provides security for an amphibious raid during Certification Exercise (CERTEX) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 19, 2015. The Marines with the 1st LAR Det honed their skills as they prepare for their upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Elize McKelvey/Released)
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Lieutenant Col. Gilbert D. Juarez (left), past commanding officer for 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Lt. Col. Christian M. Rankin (middle), present commanding officer for 1st LAR, 1st Marine Division, I MEF, and retired Lt. Col. Clifford O. Meyers (right), a former commanding officer for 1st LAR, 1st Marine Division, I MEF, stand at attention during the pass in review portion of a change of command ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 19, 2014. It is a tradition to invite former commanding officers to join the off-going and on-coming commanders during the pass and review. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Anna Albrecht)
1st LAR change of command
Lieutenant Col. Gilbert D. Juarez (left), past commanding officer for 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Lt. Col. Christian M. Rankin (middle), present commanding officer for 1st LAR, 1st Marine Division, I MEF, and retired Lt. Col. Clifford O. Meyers (right), a former commanding officer for 1st LAR, 1st Marine Division, I MEF, stand at attention during the pass in review portion of a change of command ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 19, 2014. It is a tradition to invite former commanding officers to join the off-going and on-coming commanders during the pass and review. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Anna Albrecht)
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Marines with Company A, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, stand at attention during 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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Anna Albrecht)
1st LAR change of command
Marines with Company A, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, stand at attention during 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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Anna Albrecht)
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Sergeant Gregory J. Lacasse, a rifleman with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, helps his wife Kaylie tighten her Kevlar helmet during a Jane Wayne Day aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 16, 2014. The couple are natives of Parker, Colo. The battalion held the event to give the spouses an opportunity to experience a day as a Marine. Jane Wayne Day gives the family members an inside look of how the Marines contribute to their unit and promotes a friendly environment within the battalion.
1st LAR holds Jane Wayne Day
Sergeant Gregory J. Lacasse, a rifleman with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, helps his wife Kaylie tighten her Kevlar helmet during a Jane Wayne Day aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 16, 2014. The couple are natives of Parker, Colo. The battalion held the event to give the spouses an opportunity to experience a day as a Marine. Jane Wayne Day gives the family members an inside look of how the Marines contribute to their unit and promotes a friendly environment within the battalion.
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Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, fire M203 grenade launchers during a live-fire training exercise on Range 210F here, Oct. 23, 2013. The Marines fired light anti-armor weapons, threw grenade and conducted buddy rushes. The training helps Marines remain a force in readiness by mastering the basics of combat skills to contribute to a larger organization.
Highlanders master basic combat skills
Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, fire M203 grenade launchers during a live-fire training exercise on Range 210F here, Oct. 23, 2013. The Marines fired light anti-armor weapons, threw grenade and conducted buddy rushes. The training helps Marines remain a force in readiness by mastering the basics of combat skills to contribute to a larger organization.
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Private First Class Michael De Vries, rifleman, Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, and a native of Rhinebeck, N.Y., teaches a Marine basic infantry skills during a live-fire exercise on Range 210F here, Oct. 23, 2013. The Marines fired light anti-armor weapons, M203 grenade launchers and threw live grenades. The exercise trains and evaluates Marines on weapons proficiencies to prepare them for team and squad level live-fire training.
Highlanders master basic combat skills
Private First Class Michael De Vries, rifleman, Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, and a native of Rhinebeck, N.Y., teaches a Marine basic infantry skills during a live-fire exercise on Range 210F here, Oct. 23, 2013. The Marines fired light anti-armor weapons, M203 grenade launchers and threw live grenades. The exercise trains and evaluates Marines on weapons proficiencies to prepare them for team and squad level live-fire training.
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Marines serving with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion ride their light armored vehicle variants during the Poway Days Parade here, Sept. 7, 2013. The parade is a 48-year civic tradition that celebrates the town's western heritage. The parade included about 100 sections and 40 participating organizations. More than 50 volunteers with the Highlander Battalion participated in different events throughout the day, including a 5k race and free breakfast service, in order to support the community.
Highlanders support Poway Days parade with light-armored vehicles
Marines serving with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion ride their light armored vehicle variants during the Poway Days Parade here, Sept. 7, 2013. The parade is a 48-year civic tradition that celebrates the town's western heritage. The parade included about 100 sections and 40 participating organizations. More than 50 volunteers with the Highlander Battalion participated in different events throughout the day, including a 5k race and free breakfast service, in order to support the community.
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Marines serving with Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, load 25 mm rounds into the M242 Bushmaster machine gun during a training exercise here, Aug. 20, 2013. The purpose of the exercise was to cross train the riflemen serving with 1st LAR on the weapons systems of the light armored vehicle. The riflemen must know how to operate and maintain the light armored vehicles' weapons systems in preparation for future combat operations.
Riflemen learn basics of LAV weapons systems
Marines serving with Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, load 25 mm rounds into the M242 Bushmaster machine gun during a training exercise here, Aug. 20, 2013. The purpose of the exercise was to cross train the riflemen serving with 1st LAR on the weapons systems of the light armored vehicle. The riflemen must know how to operate and maintain the light armored vehicles' weapons systems in preparation for future combat operations.
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First Lt. Craig Dangel, supply officer, Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, his daughters Savannah and Layla, race against Sgt. Raul Mantecon, motor transport operator, H&S Co., 1st LAR, and his daughter Leilani during the battalion's Bring Your Kids to Work Day at Camp Las Flores here, Aug. 9, 2013. Highlanders, the battalion's nickname, and their children participated in field games such as the egg toss, three-legged race, tug of war and a modified version of the Combat Fitness Test during the family day event. Dangel is a native of Cincinnati and Mantecon is a native of Wilmington, Calif.
Highlanders host Bring Your Kids to Work Day
First Lt. Craig Dangel, supply officer, Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, his daughters Savannah and Layla, race against Sgt. Raul Mantecon, motor transport operator, H&S Co., 1st LAR, and his daughter Leilani during the battalion's Bring Your Kids to Work Day at Camp Las Flores here, Aug. 9, 2013. Highlanders, the battalion's nickname, and their children participated in field games such as the egg toss, three-legged race, tug of war and a modified version of the Combat Fitness Test during the family day event. Dangel is a native of Cincinnati and Mantecon is a native of Wilmington, Calif.
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Marines and sailors serving with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion take their children on a tour of light armored vehicles during the battalion's Bring Your Kids to Work Day at Camp Las Flores here, Aug. 9, 2013. Highlanders, the battalion's nickname, also allowed the children to shoot weapons at the battalion's Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer, and participate in field games.
Highlanders host Bring Your Kids to Work Day
Marines and sailors serving with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion take their children on a tour of light armored vehicles during the battalion's Bring Your Kids to Work Day at Camp Las Flores here, Aug. 9, 2013. Highlanders, the battalion's nickname, also allowed the children to shoot weapons at the battalion's Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer, and participate in field games.
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Sergeant Michael Henderson, chief scout serving with Charlie company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, fires an M107 Special Application Scoped Rifle during a weeklong SASR training course here, July 10, 2013. Henderson, a native of Kalamazoo, Mich., took the course to learn how to effectively use the .50 caliber rifle and to train his Marines in his company.
Light armored reconnaissance Marines train with .50 caliber sniper rifle
Sergeant Michael Henderson, chief scout serving with Charlie company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, fires an M107 Special Application Scoped Rifle during a weeklong SASR training course here, July 10, 2013. Henderson, a native of Kalamazoo, Mich., took the course to learn how to effectively use the .50 caliber rifle and to train his Marines in his company.
Mission

The LAR Battalion conducts reconnaissance, security and economy of force operations, and within its capabilities, limited offensive or delaying operations that exploit the unit's mobility and firepower.



1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Leaders

Lieutenant Colonel C. M. Rankin
Commanding Officer, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
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Major Richard R. Schellhaas
Executive Officer 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
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Sergeant Major Steven M. Burkett
Sergeant Major, 1st Light Armed Reconnaissance Battalion
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