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1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Bn

1st Marine Division

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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 Blackford
Executive Officer 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
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Sergeant Major Chamberlin
Sergeant Major, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
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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 LAR participates in Desert Scimitar 1st LAR participates in Desert Scimitar

By Lance Cpl. Angel Serna | May 28, 2014

Marines with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion conducted a combined-arms, live-fire exercise here May 12-16. The training was part of Exercise Desert Scimitar, a large-scale exercise involving air, ground and logistical elements of I Marine Expeditionary Force. It tested 1st Marine Division’s capability to act as the headquarters element MORE
Atlanta Marine joins for pride in country Atlanta Marine joins for pride in country

By Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Moore | December 20, 2013

Many believe leaders are not born, they are made, but Marines who served with Sgt. Wesley Adams said he is a natural when it comes to leadership. Adams, a vehicle commander with Delta Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, joined the Marine Corps when he graduated high school because of pride in his country and his willingness to MORE
Highlanders own night Highlanders own night

By Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Moore | December 09, 2013

The drivers killed the lights, and the light armored vehicles set out as darkness swallowed the road ahead. The Marines with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, nicknamed the Highlanders, peered through the curtain of black as they cautiously rolled through the deserted path during a weeklong field exercise here, Nov. 18 through 24.The road MORE
Marines spend week at Fort Irwin to maintain combat readiness Marines spend week at Fort Irwin to maintain combat readiness

By Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Moore | December 09, 2013

Soldiers welcomed Marines with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion after they traveled 175 miles from their home in Camp Pendleton to Fort Irwin to execute a weeklong field exercise. The training incorporated vehicle maneuvers, squad ambushes and tow missile shoots on the base ranges during Nov. 18 through the 24. The purpose of the training MORE
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