1st Reconnaissance Battalion

 

1st Reconnaissance Battalion

1st Marine Division

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Marines with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, teach Basic Maneuver Techniques for the Combat Rubber Raiding Craft to members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force aboard Camp Pendleton on Jan. 28, 2015, during Exercise Iron Fist 2015 to help develop the Self-Defense Force’s understanding of amphibious operations. Exercise Iron Fist 15 is an annual bilateral training exercise between U.S. and Japanese military forces that builds their combined ability to conduct amphibious and land-based contingency operations. IF15, currently in its tenth iteration, is scheduled from Jan. 26 to Feb. 27, 2015, in southern California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Angel Serna/Released)
Japanese forces train with 1st Recon to enhance amphibious capabilities
Marines with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, teach Basic Maneuver Techniques for the Combat Rubber Raiding Craft to members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force aboard Camp Pendleton on Jan. 28, 2015, during Exercise Iron Fist 2015 to help develop the Self-Defense Force’s understanding of amphibious operations. Exercise Iron Fist 15 is an annual bilateral training exercise between U.S. and Japanese military forces that builds their combined ability to conduct amphibious and land-based contingency operations. IF15, currently in its tenth iteration, is scheduled from Jan. 26 to Feb. 27, 2015, in southern California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Angel Serna/Released)
Marines and Sailors with Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, guide themselves toward their target landing zone during a static line jump from a CH-43E helicopter aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 25, 2014. The company practiced both freefall and static line jumps from a CH-43 helicopter to better prepare for potential combat operations anywhere they are needed worldwide.
1st Recon Company C Marines Conduct Jump Training
Marines and Sailors with Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, guide themselves toward their target landing zone during a static line jump from a CH-43E helicopter aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 25, 2014. The company practiced both freefall and static line jumps from a CH-43 helicopter to better prepare for potential combat operations anywhere they are needed worldwide.
A Marine with Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, wrestles his parachute to the ground after landing from a static line jump aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 25, 2014. The company practiced both freefall and static line jumps from a CH-43E helicopter to better prepare for potential combat operations anywhere they are needed worldwide.
1st Recon Company C Marines Conduct Jump Training
A Marine with Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, wrestles his parachute to the ground after landing from a static line jump aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 25, 2014. The company practiced both freefall and static line jumps from a CH-43E helicopter to better prepare for potential combat operations anywhere they are needed worldwide.
A Marine with the Force Reconnaissance Detachment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, climbs up the USS San Diego on a caving ladder as part of an approach, hook and climb exercise conducted during Certification Exercise (CERTEX) off the coast of Southern California, June 13, 2014. The 11th MEU and Amphibious Squadron 5 team conduct CERTEX to hone mission-essential tasks, execute specified MEU and Amphibious Ready Group operations, and certify the foundation of a cohesive warfighting team for exercises and operations they may encounter in their upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Rome M. Lazarus/Released)
Force Reconnaissance Detachment conducts rigid inflatable boat (RIB) training
A Marine with the Force Reconnaissance Detachment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, climbs up the USS San Diego on a caving ladder as part of an approach, hook and climb exercise conducted during Certification Exercise (CERTEX) off the coast of Southern California, June 13, 2014. The 11th MEU and Amphibious Squadron 5 team conduct CERTEX to hone mission-essential tasks, execute specified MEU and Amphibious Ready Group operations, and certify the foundation of a cohesive warfighting team for exercises and operations they may encounter in their upcoming deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Rome M. Lazarus/Released)
A Marine from 1st Reconnaissance Battalion prepares to place explosive charges during a Methods of Entry proficiency training exercise aboard Camp Pendleton Calif., June 10.  During the exercise, raid scenarios were tailored for the event to keep the Marines in an operational mindset while honing their skill set for future deployments as the Maritime Raid Force in support of Marine Expeditionary Units.
1st Recon Conducts Breaching Exercise
A Marine from 1st Reconnaissance Battalion prepares to place explosive charges during a Methods of Entry proficiency training exercise aboard Camp Pendleton Calif., June 10. During the exercise, raid scenarios were tailored for the event to keep the Marines in an operational mindset while honing their skill set for future deployments as the Maritime Raid Force in support of Marine Expeditionary Units.
A Marine from 1st Reconnaissance Battalion runs for cover after placing an explosive charge during a Methods of Entry proficiency training exercise aboard Camp Pendleton Calif., June 10.  During the exercise, raid scenarios were tailored for the event to keep the Marines in an operational mindset while honing their skill set for future deployments as the Maritime Raid Force in support of Marine Expeditionary Units.
1st Recon Conducts Breaching Exercise
A Marine from 1st Reconnaissance Battalion runs for cover after placing an explosive charge during a Methods of Entry proficiency training exercise aboard Camp Pendleton Calif., June 10. During the exercise, raid scenarios were tailored for the event to keep the Marines in an operational mindset while honing their skill set for future deployments as the Maritime Raid Force in support of Marine Expeditionary Units.
A Marine from 1st Reconnaissance Battalion fires breaching rounds into a door hinge during a Methods of Entry proficiency training exercise aboard Camp Pendleton Calif., June 10.  During the exercise, raid scenarios were tailored for the event to keep the Marines in an operational mindset while honing their skill set for future deployments as the Maritime Raid Force in support of Marine Expeditionary Units.
1st Recon Conducts Breaching Exercise
A Marine from 1st Reconnaissance Battalion fires breaching rounds into a door hinge during a Methods of Entry proficiency training exercise aboard Camp Pendleton Calif., June 10. During the exercise, raid scenarios were tailored for the event to keep the Marines in an operational mindset while honing their skill set for future deployments as the Maritime Raid Force in support of Marine Expeditionary Units.
Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, sit in a C-130 Hercules waiting for the command to parachute out of the plane during a double-bag static line course held in Parker, Ariz., March 24, 2014. A static line is a cord attached from one end of the aircraft to the other. When the Marine jumps from the plane, the line pulls the deployment bag out of the pack on the Marine’s back causing the parachute to inflate. The 24 Marines taking the course were evaluated on their jump form, their formation in the air and their landing. They conducted both day and night jumps and were required to jump a total of 12 times before they passed the course. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Moore/Released)
Recon Marines take to skies during double-bag static line course
Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, sit in a C-130 Hercules waiting for the command to parachute out of the plane during a double-bag static line course held in Parker, Ariz., March 24, 2014. A static line is a cord attached from one end of the aircraft to the other. When the Marine jumps from the plane, the line pulls the deployment bag out of the pack on the Marine’s back causing the parachute to inflate. The 24 Marines taking the course were evaluated on their jump form, their formation in the air and their landing. They conducted both day and night jumps and were required to jump a total of 12 times before they passed the course. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Moore/Released)
Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, attach a tending line from the back of the USS Freedom to the front of a zodiac during on and off loading drills three miles of the coast of Del Mar beach aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 10, 2014. It was the first time the Marines used a littoral combat ship for the drills and determined that using an LCS gives the reconnaissance teams the ability to launch from the ship and be recovered at a greater distance out to sea. The training called upon Navy and Marine Corps personnel to work together in order to load and insert the zodiacs, a small inflatable boat with a hand steered engine.
Recon Marines conduct first-time launch off USS Freedom
Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, attach a tending line from the back of the USS Freedom to the front of a zodiac during on and off loading drills three miles of the coast of Del Mar beach aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 10, 2014. It was the first time the Marines used a littoral combat ship for the drills and determined that using an LCS gives the reconnaissance teams the ability to launch from the ship and be recovered at a greater distance out to sea. The training called upon Navy and Marine Corps personnel to work together in order to load and insert the zodiacs, a small inflatable boat with a hand steered engine.
Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, board the USS Freedom from a zodiac during on and off loading drills three miles off the coast of Del Mar beach Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 10, 2014. The Marines conducted a full day of rehearsals prior to the drills because it was their first time training on a littoral combat ship. The LCS gives Marines the opportunity to launch and recover reconnaissance teams from a greater distance out at sea. Gunnery Sgt. Mickey Eaton, assistant operations chief for the company, said the ability to use an LCS is the future for reconnaissance Marines.
Recon Marines conduct first-time launch off USS Freedom
Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, board the USS Freedom from a zodiac during on and off loading drills three miles off the coast of Del Mar beach Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 10, 2014. The Marines conducted a full day of rehearsals prior to the drills because it was their first time training on a littoral combat ship. The LCS gives Marines the opportunity to launch and recover reconnaissance teams from a greater distance out at sea. Gunnery Sgt. Mickey Eaton, assistant operations chief for the company, said the ability to use an LCS is the future for reconnaissance Marines.
Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, prepare to launch a zodiac from the USS Freedom during on and off loading drills three miles off the coast of Del Mar beach Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 10, 2014. The purpose of the training was to find out if the Marines could launch and recover a zodiac, a small inflatable boat with a hand steered engine, onto a littoral combat ship. They discovered that using the LCS gave them the ability to insert and recover reconnaissance teams from a greater distance out at sea.
Recon Marines conduct first-time launch off USS Freedom
Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, prepare to launch a zodiac from the USS Freedom during on and off loading drills three miles off the coast of Del Mar beach Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 10, 2014. The purpose of the training was to find out if the Marines could launch and recover a zodiac, a small inflatable boat with a hand steered engine, onto a littoral combat ship. They discovered that using the LCS gave them the ability to insert and recover reconnaissance teams from a greater distance out at sea.
Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, prepare to board the USS Freedom from a zodiac during on and off loading drills three miles off the coast of Del Mar beach Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 10, 2014. The purpose of the training was to find out if the Marines could launch and recover a zodiac, a small inflatable boat with a hand steered engine, onto a littoral combat ship. They discovered that using the LCS gave them the ability to insert and recover reconnaissance teams from a greater distance out at sea.
Recon Marines conduct first-time launch off USS Freedom
Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, prepare to board the USS Freedom from a zodiac during on and off loading drills three miles off the coast of Del Mar beach Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 10, 2014. The purpose of the training was to find out if the Marines could launch and recover a zodiac, a small inflatable boat with a hand steered engine, onto a littoral combat ship. They discovered that using the LCS gave them the ability to insert and recover reconnaissance teams from a greater distance out at sea.
Marines from Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, pause along a tree line to survey an open area of forest they must cross. The company conducted a 10-day training exercise aboard Fort Lewis-McChord, Wash., earlier this month.
1st Recon conducts HAHO training aboard Fort Lewis-McChord
Marines from Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, pause along a tree line to survey an open area of forest they must cross. The company conducted a 10-day training exercise aboard Fort Lewis-McChord, Wash., earlier this month.
Marines from Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, pause along a tree line to survey an open area of forest they must cross. The company conducted a 10-day training exercise aboard Fort Lewis-McChord, Wash., earlier this month.
1st Recon conducts HAHO training aboard Fort Lewis-McChord
Marines from Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, pause along a tree line to survey an open area of forest they must cross. The company conducted a 10-day training exercise aboard Fort Lewis-McChord, Wash., earlier this month.
Marines from Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, pause along a tree line to survey an open area of forest they must cross. The company conducted a 10-day training exercise aboard Fort Lewis-McChord, Wash., earlier this month.
1st Recon conducts HAHO training aboard Fort Lewis-McChord
Marines from Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, pause along a tree line to survey an open area of forest they must cross. The company conducted a 10-day training exercise aboard Fort Lewis-McChord, Wash., earlier this month.
Sergeant Marcos A. Valentin, career planner, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, receives the Hue City Trophy from Maj. Gen. Larry D. Nicholson, 1st Marine Division commanding general, after being named “Career Planner of the Year” for 1st Marine Division during the 1st Marine Division Annual Career Planning Awards Luncheon at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 27, 2014. Valentin, a 27-year-old native of Mira Mesa, San Diego, and 2004 graduate of Mira Mesa High School, met his retention goal of more than 200 percent during 2013. He is required to interview each of the elite infantrymen that he supports at least two to three times during their careers. In order to accommodate their busy training and deployment schedules, he interviewed many of them during field training and also during early mornings and late nights. Valentin is one of many career planners who serve more than 25,000 combat-ready Marines and Sailors throughout 1st Marine Division.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer / released)
San Diego native, U.S. Marine named 'Career Planner of the Year' for 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton
Sergeant Marcos A. Valentin, career planner, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, receives the Hue City Trophy from Maj. Gen. Larry D. Nicholson, 1st Marine Division commanding general, after being named “Career Planner of the Year” for 1st Marine Division during the 1st Marine Division Annual Career Planning Awards Luncheon at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 27, 2014. Valentin, a 27-year-old native of Mira Mesa, San Diego, and 2004 graduate of Mira Mesa High School, met his retention goal of more than 200 percent during 2013. He is required to interview each of the elite infantrymen that he supports at least two to three times during their careers. In order to accommodate their busy training and deployment schedules, he interviewed many of them during field training and also during early mornings and late nights. Valentin is one of many career planners who serve more than 25,000 combat-ready Marines and Sailors throughout 1st Marine Division. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer / released)
Soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force practice rigging rope on a combat rubber reconnaissance craft while conducting Helo Cast training during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
Marines train JGSDF in amphibious operations
Soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force practice rigging rope on a combat rubber reconnaissance craft while conducting Helo Cast training during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
U.S. Marines with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, demonstrate how to execute an amphibious insertion using a combat rubber reconnaissance craft to soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
Marines train JGSDF in amphibious operations
U.S. Marines with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, demonstrate how to execute an amphibious insertion using a combat rubber reconnaissance craft to soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
U.S. Marine Sgt. David Johnson, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, demonstrates how to fasten a combat rubber reconnaissance craft using the “Soft Duck” method to soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
Marines train JGSDF in amphibious operations
U.S. Marine Sgt. David Johnson, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, demonstrates how to fasten a combat rubber reconnaissance craft using the “Soft Duck” method to soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
A U.S. Marine with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, demonstrates the 10 minute warning signal to soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force while conducting Helo Cast training during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
Marines train JGSDF in amphibious operations
A U.S. Marine with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, demonstrates the 10 minute warning signal to soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force while conducting Helo Cast training during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
Soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force examine how to properly load and fasten a combat rubber reconnaissance craft using the “Soft Duck” method while conducting Helo Cast training during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
Marines train JGSDF in amphibious operations
Soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force examine how to properly load and fasten a combat rubber reconnaissance craft using the “Soft Duck” method while conducting Helo Cast training during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
A soldier with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force jumps out of a CH-46E Sea Knight while conducting Helo Cast training with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., Jan. 27, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
Marines train Japan Ground Self-Defense Force in Helo Casting
A soldier with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force jumps out of a CH-46E Sea Knight while conducting Helo Cast training with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., Jan. 27, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
Soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force make their way onto Seal Beach while conducting Helo Cast training with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., Jan. 27, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
Marines train Japan Ground Self-Defense Force in Helo Casting
Soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force make their way onto Seal Beach while conducting Helo Cast training with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., Jan. 27, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
Soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force make their way to a CH-46E Sea Knight while conducting Helo Cast training during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., Jan. 27, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
Marines train Japan Ground Self-Defense Force in Helo Casting
Soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force make their way to a CH-46E Sea Knight while conducting Helo Cast training during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., Jan. 27, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
Soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force load and fasten a combat rubber reconnaissance craft using the “Soft Duck” method while conducting Helo Cast training during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., Jan. 27, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
Marines train Japan Ground Self-Defense Force in Helo Casting
Soldiers with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force load and fasten a combat rubber reconnaissance craft using the “Soft Duck” method while conducting Helo Cast training during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., Jan. 27, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
Lieutenant Gen. John Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, oversees the reenlistment of Staff Sgt. Timothy Williams, a section leader with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, during an award ceremony held at Camp Las Flores, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Calif., Jan. 7, 2014. Williams, a native of Hudson, Mich., was awarded the Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart for his heroic actions in Afghanistan when he maintained a tactical advantage while being ambushed by a larger enemy force. Williams helped save the lives of multiple Marines and destroyed several enemy positions during the 10 hour attack. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jonathan Boynes/released)
Recon Marine awarded Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart
Lieutenant Gen. John Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, oversees the reenlistment of Staff Sgt. Timothy Williams, a section leader with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, during an award ceremony held at Camp Las Flores, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Calif., Jan. 7, 2014. Williams, a native of Hudson, Mich., was awarded the Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart for his heroic actions in Afghanistan when he maintained a tactical advantage while being ambushed by a larger enemy force. Williams helped save the lives of multiple Marines and destroyed several enemy positions during the 10 hour attack. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jonathan Boynes/released)
Lieutenant Gen. John Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, pins the Purple Heart on Staff Sgt. Timothy Williams, a section leader with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, during an award ceremony when he received the Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart at Camp Las Flores, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 7, 2014. Williams, a native of Hudson, Mich., was recognized for his heroic actions in Afghanistan when he maintained a tactical advantage while being ambushed by a larger enemy force. Williams helped save the lives of multiple Marines and destroyed several enemy positions during the 10 hour attack. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jonathan Boynes/released)
Recon Marine awarded Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart
Lieutenant Gen. John Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, pins the Purple Heart on Staff Sgt. Timothy Williams, a section leader with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, during an award ceremony when he received the Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart at Camp Las Flores, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 7, 2014. Williams, a native of Hudson, Mich., was recognized for his heroic actions in Afghanistan when he maintained a tactical advantage while being ambushed by a larger enemy force. Williams helped save the lives of multiple Marines and destroyed several enemy positions during the 10 hour attack. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jonathan Boynes/released)
Staff Sgt. Timothy Williams, a section leader with 1st Reconassiance Battalion, recieves the Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart from Lt. Gen. John Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, during an award ceremony held at Camp Las Flores, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 7, 2014. Williams, a native of Hudson, Mich., was recognized for his heroic actions in Afghanistan when he maintained a tactical advantage while being ambushed by a larger enemy force. Williams helped save the lives of multiple Marines and destroyed several enemy positions during the 10 hour attack. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jonathan Boynes/released)
Recon Marine awarded Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart
Staff Sgt. Timothy Williams, a section leader with 1st Reconassiance Battalion, recieves the Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart from Lt. Gen. John Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, during an award ceremony held at Camp Las Flores, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 7, 2014. Williams, a native of Hudson, Mich., was recognized for his heroic actions in Afghanistan when he maintained a tactical advantage while being ambushed by a larger enemy force. Williams helped save the lives of multiple Marines and destroyed several enemy positions during the 10 hour attack. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jonathan Boynes/released)
Staff Sgt. Timothy Williams, middle, a section leader with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, salutes Lt. Gen John Toolan, second from left, during an award ceremony when he received the Silver Star Medal and Purple at Camp Las Flores, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 7, 2014. Williams, a native of Hudson, Mich., was recognized for his heroic actions in Afghanistan when he maintained a tactical advantage while being ambushed by a larger enemy force. Williams helped saved the lives of multiple Marines and destroyed several enemy positions during the 10 hour attack. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jonathan Boynes/released)
Recon Marine awarded Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart
Staff Sgt. Timothy Williams, middle, a section leader with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, salutes Lt. Gen John Toolan, second from left, during an award ceremony when he received the Silver Star Medal and Purple at Camp Las Flores, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 7, 2014. Williams, a native of Hudson, Mich., was recognized for his heroic actions in Afghanistan when he maintained a tactical advantage while being ambushed by a larger enemy force. Williams helped saved the lives of multiple Marines and destroyed several enemy positions during the 10 hour attack. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jonathan Boynes/released)
Lieutenant Gen. John Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, addresses the audience during an award ceremony for Staff Sgt. Timothy Williams, a section leader with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, held at Camp Las Flores, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 7, 2014. During the ceremony, the Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart were awarded to Williams, a native of Hudson, Mich. Williams was recognized for his heroic actions in Afghanistan when he maintained a tactical advantage while being ambushed by a larger enemy force. Williams helped save the lives of multiple Marines and destroyed several enemy positions during the 10 hour attack. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jonathan Boynes/released)
Recon Marine awarded Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart
Lieutenant Gen. John Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, addresses the audience during an award ceremony for Staff Sgt. Timothy Williams, a section leader with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, held at Camp Las Flores, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 7, 2014. During the ceremony, the Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart were awarded to Williams, a native of Hudson, Mich. Williams was recognized for his heroic actions in Afghanistan when he maintained a tactical advantage while being ambushed by a larger enemy force. Williams helped save the lives of multiple Marines and destroyed several enemy positions during the 10 hour attack. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jonathan Boynes/released)
Staff Sgt. Timothy Williams, a section leader with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, receives the Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart from Lt. Gen. John Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, during an award ceremony held at Camp Las Flores, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 7, 2014. Williams, a native of Hudson, Mich., was recognized for his heroic actions in Afghanistan when he maintained a tactical advantage while being ambushed by a larger enemy force. Williams helped save the lives of multiple Marines and destroyed several enemy positions during the 10 hour attack. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jonathan Boynes/released)
Recon Marine awarded Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart
Staff Sgt. Timothy Williams, a section leader with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, receives the Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart from Lt. Gen. John Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, during an award ceremony held at Camp Las Flores, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 7, 2014. Williams, a native of Hudson, Mich., was recognized for his heroic actions in Afghanistan when he maintained a tactical advantage while being ambushed by a larger enemy force. Williams helped save the lives of multiple Marines and destroyed several enemy positions during the 10 hour attack. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jonathan Boynes/released)
U.S. Marines assigned to Reconnaissance Platoon, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct live fire training aboard the USS Boxer (LHD 4) at sea Jan. 8, 2014. 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)
BLT Recon, 13th MEU Sights in at Sea
U.S. Marines assigned to Reconnaissance Platoon, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct live fire training aboard the USS Boxer (LHD 4) at sea Jan. 8, 2014. 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 assigned to Reconnaissance Platoon, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct live fire training aboard the USS Boxer (LHD 4) at sea Jan. 8, 2014. 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)
BLT Recon, 13th MEU Sights in at Sea
U.S. Marines assigned to Reconnaissance Platoon, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct live fire training aboard the USS Boxer (LHD 4) at sea Jan. 8, 2014. 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 assigned to Reconnaissance Platoon, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct live fire training aboard the USS Boxer (LHD 4) at sea Jan. 8, 2014. 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)
BLT Recon, 13th MEU Sights in at Sea
U.S. Marines assigned to Reconnaissance Platoon, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct live fire training aboard the USS Boxer (LHD 4) at sea Jan. 8, 2014. 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)
Two Reconnaissance Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, emerge from the water at Bellows Beach on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, during sustainment training Aug. 31, 2013. The Marines left the USS Boxer on Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft (CRRC) just after sunrise with the objective of securing an area of Bellows Beach thus allowing Landing Craft Air Cushion’s (LCAC’s) to land and transport military vehicles ashore. The Marines and Sailors with 13th MEU will deploy for several months in support of theater requirements of Geographic Combatant Commanders.  (USMC Photo by SSgt. Matt Orr/Released)
13th MEU sustainment training
Two Reconnaissance Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, emerge from the water at Bellows Beach on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, during sustainment training Aug. 31, 2013. The Marines left the USS Boxer on Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft (CRRC) just after sunrise with the objective of securing an area of Bellows Beach thus allowing Landing Craft Air Cushion’s (LCAC’s) to land and transport military vehicles ashore. The Marines and Sailors with 13th MEU will deploy for several months in support of theater requirements of Geographic Combatant Commanders. (USMC Photo by SSgt. Matt Orr/Released)
Two Reconnaissance Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, wade ashore at Bellows Beach on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, during sustainment training Aug. 31, 2013. The Marines left the USS Boxer on Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft (CRRC) just after sunrise with the objective of securing an area of Bellows Beach thus allowing Landing Craft Air Cushion’s (LCAC’s) to land and transport military vehicles ashore. The Marines and Sailors with 13th MEU will deploy for several months in support of theater requirements of Geographic Combatant Commanders.  (USMC Photo by SSgt. Matt Orr/Released)
13th MEU sustainment training
Two Reconnaissance Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, wade ashore at Bellows Beach on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, during sustainment training Aug. 31, 2013. The Marines left the USS Boxer on Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft (CRRC) just after sunrise with the objective of securing an area of Bellows Beach thus allowing Landing Craft Air Cushion’s (LCAC’s) to land and transport military vehicles ashore. The Marines and Sailors with 13th MEU will deploy for several months in support of theater requirements of Geographic Combatant Commanders. (USMC Photo by SSgt. Matt Orr/Released)
Reconnaissance Platoon Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, head toward Bellows Beach on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, during sustainment training Aug. 31, 2013. The Marines left the USS Boxer on Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft (CRRC) just after sunrise with the objective of securing an area of Bellows Beach, allowing Landing Craft Air Cushion’s (LCAC’s) to land and transport military vehicles ashore. The Marines and Sailors with 13th MEU will deploy for several months in support of theater requirements of Geographic Combatant Commanders.  (USMC Photo by SSgt. Matt Orr/Released)
13th MEU sustainment training
Reconnaissance Platoon Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, head toward Bellows Beach on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, during sustainment training Aug. 31, 2013. The Marines left the USS Boxer on Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft (CRRC) just after sunrise with the objective of securing an area of Bellows Beach, allowing Landing Craft Air Cushion’s (LCAC’s) to land and transport military vehicles ashore. The Marines and Sailors with 13th MEU will deploy for several months in support of theater requirements of Geographic Combatant Commanders. (USMC Photo by SSgt. Matt Orr/Released)
Reconnaissance Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, drag ashore one of three Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft (CRRC’s) on Bellows Beach on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, during sustainment training Aug. 31, 2013. The three teams left the USS Boxer on the CRRC’s just after sunrise with the objective of securing an area of Bellows Beach thus allowing Landing Craft Air Cushion’s (LCAC’s) to land and transport military vehicles ashore. The Marines and Sailors with 13th MEU will deploy for several months in support of theater requirements of Geographic Combatant Commanders.  (USMC Photo by SSgt. Matt Orr/Released)
13th MEU sustainment training
Reconnaissance Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, drag ashore one of three Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft (CRRC’s) on Bellows Beach on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, during sustainment training Aug. 31, 2013. The three teams left the USS Boxer on the CRRC’s just after sunrise with the objective of securing an area of Bellows Beach thus allowing Landing Craft Air Cushion’s (LCAC’s) to land and transport military vehicles ashore. The Marines and Sailors with 13th MEU will deploy for several months in support of theater requirements of Geographic Combatant Commanders. (USMC Photo by SSgt. Matt Orr/Released)
A Marine serving with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion scans a mock combat town for possible enemy combatants during a combat readiness exercise here, Aug. 20, 2013. During the exercise, Marines performed a night raid on the town and detained possible enemy combatants. The exercise assessed the Marines' ability to execute their mission and coordinate logistics with their command element as they prepare to deploy with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit next year.
Marines continue real-life training scenarios, prepare for 11th MEU
A Marine serving with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion scans a mock combat town for possible enemy combatants during a combat readiness exercise here, Aug. 20, 2013. During the exercise, Marines performed a night raid on the town and detained possible enemy combatants. The exercise assessed the Marines' ability to execute their mission and coordinate logistics with their command element as they prepare to deploy with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit next year.
1st Reconnaissance Battalion Leaders

Lieutenant Colonel G. D. Hasseltine
Commanding Officer, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion
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Major Pablo J. Cabrera
Executive Officer, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion
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Sergeant Major W. L. Schaffer
Sergeant Major, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion
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