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1st Reconnaissance Battalion

1st Marine Division



Realizing it is my choice and my choice alone
to be a Reconnaissance Marine,
I accept all challenges involved with this profession.
Forever shall I strive to maintain the tremendous reputation
of those who went before me.

Exceeding beyond the limitations
set down by others shall be my goal.
Sacrificing personal comforts and dedicating myself
to the completion of the reconnaissance mission shall be my life.
Physical fitness, mental attitude, and high ethics --

The title of Recon Marine is my honor.

Conquering all obstacles, both large and small,
I shall never quit.
To quit, to surrender, to give up is to fail.
To be a Recon Marine is to surpass failure;
To overcome, to adapt and to do whatever it takes
to complete the mission.

On the battlefield, as in all areas of life,
I shall stand tall above the competition.
Through professional pride, integrity, and teamwork,
I shall be the example
for all Marines to emulate.

Never shall I forget the principles
I accepted to become a Recon Marine.
Honor, Perseverance, Spirit and Heart.

A Recon Marine can speak without saying a word
and achieve what others can only imagine.

We accomplish our mission and achieve success through a focus of effort on developing Brilliance in the Basics; engaged, effective leadership; high standards of accountability, and strong family readiness. Our Marines and Sailors are held up and supported by our family members. I have established Family Readiness as one of the battalion’s top priorities. To our great benefit, we have a Family Readiness Officer (FRO), Family Readiness Advisors, and Family Readiness Assistants that are second to none. Our FRO and all of our Assistants and Advisors are true professionals and are passionate about taking care of our Marines and Sailors. I encourage you to reach out to our FRO whenever you need information, assistance, or have suggestions on improving our Family Readiness Program.

Our Marines and Sailors are our Nation’s most remarkable sons. They are patriots, great citizens, and consummate professionals. I am honored and humbled to serve with them. Sergeant Major Schaffer and I are honored to have you and your family in our ranks and we look forward to writing the next chapter of our history together with you.

Semper Fidelis,
Major Von Herbulis
Commanding Officer
1st Reconnaissance Battalion
“Swift, Silent, Deadly”