1st Battalion, 4th Marines

 

1st Battalion, 4th Marines

1st Marine Division

CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI (Jan. 10, 2014)  – U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Patrick Hilty, staff noncommissioned officer-in-charge of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, discusses the properties of an improvised explosive device (IED) made from a pressure cooker during counter IED training at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Jan. 10, 2014. Approximately 50 Marines assigned to Charlie Company, 13th MEU completed counter IED training, which covered a wide variety of techniques to defeat enemy IEDs. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Orr/Released)
13th MEU Marines Train to Counter IEDs
CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI (Jan. 10, 2014) – U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Patrick Hilty, staff noncommissioned officer-in-charge of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, discusses the properties of an improvised explosive device (IED) made from a pressure cooker during counter IED training at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Jan. 10, 2014. Approximately 50 Marines assigned to Charlie Company, 13th MEU completed counter IED training, which covered a wide variety of techniques to defeat enemy IEDs. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Orr/Released)
CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI (Jan. 10, 2014)  – U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Patrick Hilty, staff noncommissioned officer-in-charge of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, explains how a projectile can be used as an improvised explosive device (IED) during counter IED training at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Jan. 10, 2014. Approximately 50 Marines assigned to Charlie Company, 13th MEU completed counter IED training, which covered a wide variety of techniques to defeat enemy IEDs. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Orr/Released)
13th MEU Marines Train to Counter IEDs
CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI (Jan. 10, 2014) – U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Patrick Hilty, staff noncommissioned officer-in-charge of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, explains how a projectile can be used as an improvised explosive device (IED) during counter IED training at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Jan. 10, 2014. Approximately 50 Marines assigned to Charlie Company, 13th MEU completed counter IED training, which covered a wide variety of techniques to defeat enemy IEDs. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Orr/Released)
CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI (Jan. 10, 2014)  – U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Patrick Hilty, staff noncommissioned officer-in-charge of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, draws out a diagram in the sand to better demonstrate measures to counter improvised explosive devices (IED) during training at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Jan. 10, 2014. Approximately 50 Marines assigned to Charlie Company, 13th MEU completed counter IED training, which covered a wide variety of techniques to defeat enemy IEDs. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Orr/Released)
13th MEU Marines Train to Counter IEDs
CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI (Jan. 10, 2014) – U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Patrick Hilty, staff noncommissioned officer-in-charge of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, draws out a diagram in the sand to better demonstrate measures to counter improvised explosive devices (IED) during training at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Jan. 10, 2014. Approximately 50 Marines assigned to Charlie Company, 13th MEU completed counter IED training, which covered a wide variety of techniques to defeat enemy IEDs. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Orr/Released)
CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI (Jan. 10, 2014)  – U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jordan Torcello, an explosive ordnance team leader assigned to Explosive Ordnance Detachment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, teaches Marines from Charlie Company, 13th MEU, the properties of a directional fragmentation charge during counter improvised explosive device (IED) training at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Jan. 10, 2014.  Approximately 50 Marines assigned to Charlie Company, 13th MEU completed counter IED training, which covered a wide variety of techniques to defeat enemy IEDs. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Orr/Released)
13th MEU Marines Train to Counter IEDs
CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI (Jan. 10, 2014) – U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jordan Torcello, an explosive ordnance team leader assigned to Explosive Ordnance Detachment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, teaches Marines from Charlie Company, 13th MEU, the properties of a directional fragmentation charge during counter improvised explosive device (IED) training at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Jan. 10, 2014. Approximately 50 Marines assigned to Charlie Company, 13th MEU completed counter IED training, which covered a wide variety of techniques to defeat enemy IEDs. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Orr/Released)
CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI (Jan. 10, 2014)  – U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Miguel Vazquez, an explosive ordnance technician assigned to Explosive Ordnance Detachment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, uncovers a buried improvised explosive device (IED) during counter IED training at Camp Lemonnier, Jan. 10, 2014.  Approximately 50 Marines assigned to Charlie Company, 13th MEU completed counter I    ED training, which covered a wide variety of techniques to defeat enemy IEDs. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Orr/Released)
13th MEU Marines Train to Counter IEDs
CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI (Jan. 10, 2014) – U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Miguel Vazquez, an explosive ordnance technician assigned to Explosive Ordnance Detachment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, uncovers a buried improvised explosive device (IED) during counter IED training at Camp Lemonnier, Jan. 10, 2014. Approximately 50 Marines assigned to Charlie Company, 13th MEU completed counter I ED training, which covered a wide variety of techniques to defeat enemy IEDs. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Orr/Released)
U.S. Marines with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit congratulate Cpl. Thomas Jackson, corporals course honor grad, during 13th MEU's first corporals course graduation ceremony aboard the USS Boxer (LHD 4) Oct. 19, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Jennifer Pirante/RELEASED)
13th MEU congratulates Corporals Course grads
U.S. Marines with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit congratulate Cpl. Thomas Jackson, corporals course honor grad, during 13th MEU's first corporals course graduation ceremony aboard the USS Boxer (LHD 4) Oct. 19, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Jennifer Pirante/RELEASED)
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, practice live-fire maneuvers aboard the USS Boxer (LHD 4) Oct. 16, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Jennifer Pirante/RELEASED)
BLT 1/4 conducts live-fire maneuvers at sea
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, practice live-fire maneuvers aboard the USS Boxer (LHD 4) Oct. 16, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Jennifer Pirante/RELEASED)
Sgt. James Devito, a section leader with Headquarters Platoon, Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Modesto, Calif., native, explains the M224-A4 lightweight 60 mm Mortar System during a media visit to USS Harpers Ferry in Goa, India, Sept. 30, 2013. The purpose of the exercise was to enhance U.S.-India military-to-military relations, hone individual and small-unit skills and exchange knowledge. Marines and Sailors with 13th MEU will deploy for several months in support of theater requirements of Geographic Combatant Commanders. (Official .U.S Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher O'Quin/Released)
13th MEU Marines, Sailors give Indian media glimpse of life aboard USS Harpers Ferry
Sgt. James Devito, a section leader with Headquarters Platoon, Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Modesto, Calif., native, explains the M224-A4 lightweight 60 mm Mortar System during a media visit to USS Harpers Ferry in Goa, India, Sept. 30, 2013. The purpose of the exercise was to enhance U.S.-India military-to-military relations, hone individual and small-unit skills and exchange knowledge. Marines and Sailors with 13th MEU will deploy for several months in support of theater requirements of Geographic Combatant Commanders. (Official .U.S Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher O'Quin/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 17, 2013) Marines with Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) Platoon, Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), perform pre-operation checks on their AAV's during preparation for debarking the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), Oct. 17, 2013.  The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher O'Quin/Released)
13th MEU Marines Prepare for Sustainment Training
ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 17, 2013) Marines with Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) Platoon, Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), perform pre-operation checks on their AAV's during preparation for debarking the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), Oct. 17, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher O'Quin/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 18, 2013) Marines with Combat Cargo and Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) load a logistics vehicle system replacement onto Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1648 in preparation for sustainment training in Kuwait, Oct. 18, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.  (Official U.S.
Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher O'Quin/Released)
13th MEU Marines Prepare for Sustainment Training
ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 18, 2013) Marines with Combat Cargo and Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) load a logistics vehicle system replacement onto Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1648 in preparation for sustainment training in Kuwait, Oct. 18, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher O'Quin/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Cody Beck, right, a rifleman with Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit receives the "Gung Ho" award during the graduation ceremony for Corporals' course aboard the flight deck of the USS New Orleans (LPD 18) Oct. 19, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
13th MEU Corporals Graduate Course at Sea
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Cody Beck, right, a rifleman with Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit receives the "Gung Ho" award during the graduation ceremony for Corporals' course aboard the flight deck of the USS New Orleans (LPD 18) Oct. 19, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4 (BLT), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct fast rope training aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) Oct. 27, 2013. 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lonzo-Grei D. Thornton, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
Western-Pacific Deployment
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4 (BLT), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct fast rope training aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) Oct. 27, 2013. 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lonzo-Grei D. Thornton, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
Lance Cpl. Adam M. Blasquez, an Amphibious Assault Vehicle Driver with AAV Platoon, Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), from Issaquah, Wash., guides an AAV-P7 into a maintenance bay at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher O'Quin/Released)
13th MEU Trackers prepare for field
Lance Cpl. Adam M. Blasquez, an Amphibious Assault Vehicle Driver with AAV Platoon, Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), from Issaquah, Wash., guides an AAV-P7 into a maintenance bay at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher O'Quin/Released)
DJIBOUTI, AFRICA (Oct.30, 2013) - A Marine with Alpha Battery,  1st Battalion 4th Marines, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit fires a 120MM Rifled Tower Mortar during a month long sustainment training exercise Oct. 30, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (USMC photo by SSgt. Matt. Orr/Released)
Sniper Shoot, Mortar Shoot
DJIBOUTI, AFRICA (Oct.30, 2013) - A Marine with Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion 4th Marines, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit fires a 120MM Rifled Tower Mortar during a month long sustainment training exercise Oct. 30, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (USMC photo by SSgt. Matt. Orr/Released)
CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT (Nov. 1, 2013)A U.S. Marine with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit stands watch at a post aboard Camp Buehring, Kuwait Nov. 1, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
13th MEU Continues Sustainment Training at Camp Buehring, Kuwait
CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT (Nov. 1, 2013)A U.S. Marine with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit stands watch at a post aboard Camp Buehring, Kuwait Nov. 1, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT (Nov. 1, 2013) A U.S. Marine with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducts a radio check aboard Camp Buehring, Kuwait Nov. 1, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
13th MEU Continues Sustainment Training at Camp Buehring, Kuwait
CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT (Nov. 1, 2013) A U.S. Marine with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducts a radio check aboard Camp Buehring, Kuwait Nov. 1, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
DJIBOUTI, AFRICA (Nov. 2, 2013) – A Marine from 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit climbs up a natural rock gorge during a day of sustainment training in assault climbing Nov. 2, 2013.  The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (USMC photo by SSgt. Matt. Orr/Released)
Djibouti activity
DJIBOUTI, AFRICA (Nov. 2, 2013) – A Marine from 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit climbs up a natural rock gorge during a day of sustainment training in assault climbing Nov. 2, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (USMC photo by SSgt. Matt. Orr/Released)
CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT (Nov. 3, 2013)  – U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Christopher Steele, Executive Officer of Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit gives a speech to his Marines aboard Camp Buehring, Kuwait Nov. 3, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
13th MEU Trains in Kuwait Desert
CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT (Nov. 3, 2013) – U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Christopher Steele, Executive Officer of Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit gives a speech to his Marines aboard Camp Buehring, Kuwait Nov. 3, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4,13th Marine Expeditionary Unit participate in fast rope training in the hangar bay aboard USS New Orleans (LPD 18) Oct. 21, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
13th MEU Fast Ropes Aboard USS New Orleans
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4,13th Marine Expeditionary Unit participate in fast rope training in the hangar bay aboard USS New Orleans (LPD 18) Oct. 21, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
GULF OF ADEN (Oct. 31, 2013) - U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4 (BLT), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct physical training alongside the British Marines with Juliet Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines  aboard the HMS Illustrious Oct. 31, 2013. 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lonzo-Grei D. Thornton, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
13th MEU ROYAL PT
GULF OF ADEN (Oct. 31, 2013) - U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4 (BLT), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct physical training alongside the British Marines with Juliet Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines aboard the HMS Illustrious Oct. 31, 2013. 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lonzo-Grei D. Thornton, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
The U.S. Marines of Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, stand in formation following range 410 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 1, 2012. Range 410 is a platoon fire and maneuver exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
The U.S. Marines of Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, stand in formation following range 410 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 1, 2012. Range 410 is a platoon fire and maneuver exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps First Sgt. Steven Ellison, Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, reads a promotion warrant during Exercise Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 1, 2012.  Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps First Sgt. Steven Ellison, Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, reads a promotion warrant during Exercise Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 1, 2012. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marines with weapons company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, take a break while waiting to depart during Exercise Steel Knight on Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 29, 2012. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
1st Battalion 4th Marines Exercise Steel Knight
U.S. Marines with weapons company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, take a break while waiting to depart during Exercise Steel Knight on Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 29, 2012. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
A lance corporal awaiting word during Exercise Steel Knight on Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 27, 2012. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
A lance corporal awaiting word during Exercise Steel Knight on Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 27, 2012. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
One of the many scenes  during Exercise Steel Knight on Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 27, 2012. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
One of the many scenes during Exercise Steel Knight on Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 27, 2012. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
A convoy of Humvees sit ready to depart during Exercise Steel Knight on Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 27, 2012. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
A convoy of Humvees sit ready to depart during Exercise Steel Knight on Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 27, 2012. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
1st Battalion 4th Marines Alpha Company’s guidons posted during Exercise Steel Knight on Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 29, 2012. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released) 1st Battalion, 4th Marines — at Marine Corps Base, 29 Palms, CA.
1st Battalion 4th Marines Alpha Company’s guidons posted during Exercise Steel Knight on Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 29, 2012. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released) 1st Battalion, 4th Marines — at Marine Corps Base, 29 Palms, CA.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Emmanuel Velayo, chief scout with scout sniper team 1, scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, cycles the bolt on his M40A5 Sniper Rifle during range 401 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center  Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012. Range 401 is a company maneuver and fire exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Emmanuel Velayo, chief scout with scout sniper team 1, scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, cycles the bolt on his M40A5 Sniper Rifle during range 401 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012. Range 401 is a company maneuver and fire exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
A mortar team with 4th platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, provides 60mm mortar support during range 410 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 1, 2012. Range 410 is a platoon fire and maneuver exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
A mortar team with 4th platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, provides 60mm mortar support during range 410 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 1, 2012. Range 410 is a platoon fire and maneuver exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kyle Janssen, assistant team leader with scout sniper team 1, scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines , 5th Marine Regiment, fires his XM107 Sniper Rifle during range 401 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center  Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012. Range 401 is a company maneuver and fire exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kyle Janssen, assistant team leader with scout sniper team 1, scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines , 5th Marine Regiment, fires his XM107 Sniper Rifle during range 401 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012. Range 401 is a company maneuver and fire exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
Ordnance being prepared during Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
Ordnance being prepared during Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kyle Janssen, assistant team leader with scout sniper team 1, scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines , 5th Marine Regiment, fires his XM107 Sniper Rifle during range 401 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center  Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012. Range 401 is a company maneuver and fire exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kyle Janssen, assistant team leader with scout sniper team 1, scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines , 5th Marine Regiment, fires his XM107 Sniper Rifle during range 401 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012. Range 401 is a company maneuver and fire exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Richard Rosales, a rifleman with 2nd platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, fires his M-16A4 Assault Rifle during range 410 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 1, 2012. Range 410 is a platoon fire and maneuver exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Richard Rosales, a rifleman with 2nd platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, fires his M-16A4 Assault Rifle during range 410 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 1, 2012. Range 410 is a platoon fire and maneuver exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Ben Downing, assistant radio operator with scout sniper team 1, scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines , 5th Marine Regiment, uses a spotting scope to determine shot distances during range 401 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012. Range 401 is a company maneuver and fire exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Ben Downing, assistant radio operator with scout sniper team 1, scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines , 5th Marine Regiment, uses a spotting scope to determine shot distances during range 401 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012. Range 401 is a company maneuver and fire exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kyle Janssen, assistant team leader with scout sniper team 1, scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines , 5th Marine Regiment, fires his XM107 Sniper Rifle during range 401 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012. Range 401 is a company maneuver and fire exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kyle Janssen, assistant team leader with scout sniper team 1, scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines , 5th Marine Regiment, fires his XM107 Sniper Rifle during range 401 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012. Range 401 is a company maneuver and fire exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Emmanuel Velayo, chief scout with scout sniper team 1, scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Regiment, fires his M40A5 Sniper Rifle during range 401 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012. Range 401 is a company maneuver and fire exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Emmanuel Velayo, chief scout with scout sniper team 1, scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Regiment, fires his M40A5 Sniper Rifle during range 401 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012. Range 401 is a company maneuver and fire exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Maki, an automatic rifelman with 2nd platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, provides supporting fire during range 410 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 1, 2012. Range 410 is a platoon fire and maneuver exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Maki, an automatic rifelman with 2nd platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, provides supporting fire during range 410 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 1, 2012. Range 410 is a platoon fire and maneuver exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Richmond, platoon sergeant, 1st platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, listens to the safety briefing for range 410 during Exercise Steel Knight on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 30, 2012. Range 410 is a platoon fire and maneuver exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Richmond, platoon sergeant, 1st platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, listens to the safety briefing for range 410 during Exercise Steel Knight on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 30, 2012. Range 410 is a platoon fire and maneuver exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
The Dragon

1st Battalion, 4th Marines was originally activated in April 1911 and first saw combat action in November of 1916, in the Dominican Republic. In 1924, the battalion returned to its home base in San Diego, CA. From February 1927 to November 1941, the battalion was forward deployed for service in China. This service earned the battalion the title “China Marines”, and started the practice of integrating the Chinese dragon into the unit crest. In November 1941, the battalion redeployed from China to the Philippines. During World War II, its Marines and Sailors served in support of combat operations on Corregidor, Guadalcanal, Guam, and Okinawa. In the spring of 1965 the battalion deployed once again, for service in support of combat operations in South Vietnam. From 1965 to 1969, the battalion engaged in numerous conventional and counter-insurgency operations. These operations included, Operation Prairie, Operation Prairie III, Operation Prairie IV, Operation Beacon Hill, Operation Desoto, Operation Deckhouse, Operation Kentucky, Operation Purple Martin and Operation Napoleon Saline II. In 1977, the battalion moved to Twentynine Palms, CA and remained there until 1988. In January of 1989, the battalion was directed to move to Camp Pendleton, for service with the 1st Marine Regiment. In August 1990, the battalion deployed aboard ship to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. In the following decade, it executed numerous deployments at sea, conducting operations in places such as Southwest Asia, Eritrea, Kenya, and Somalia. From 2003 to 2009, the battalion executed numerous tours of duty in Iraq, executing combat operations in Nasiriyah, Al Kut, Bagdad, Najaf, Al Qaim, and Fallujah. Over the past four years, it has deployed in support of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and is currently serving as the Ground Combat Element in support of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.




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1st Marine Division visits the Combat Center to continue Steel Knight, it's largest annual combined arms and live-fire training exercise. Soundbites from 1st Lt. Jake Crockett. Produced by Lance Cpl. Lauren A. Kurkimilis. Also available in high definition.


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