1st Tank Battalion

 

1st Tank Battalion

1st Marine Division

Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Tank Battalion, advance in formation on a mock enemy position in an M1A1 Abrams main battle tank during Exercise Desert Scimitar aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 11, 2014. The training gave the Marines the opportunity to refine and rehearse essential combat skills needed in a battlefield environment. Desert Scimitar is an annual exercise that includes elements from the I Marine Expeditionary Force. The exercise focused on conventional operations and provided realistic training that prepared Marines for overseas operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher J. Moore/Released)
1st Tank Bn. blasts through Exercise Desert Scimitar 2014
Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Tank Battalion, advance in formation on a mock enemy position in an M1A1 Abrams main battle tank during Exercise Desert Scimitar aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 11, 2014. The training gave the Marines the opportunity to refine and rehearse essential combat skills needed in a battlefield environment. Desert Scimitar is an annual exercise that includes elements from the I Marine Expeditionary Force. The exercise focused on conventional operations and provided realistic training that prepared Marines for overseas operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher J. Moore/Released)
Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Tank Battalion, put their M1A1 abrams main battle tank into a defensive position during Exercise Desert Scimitar aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 11, 2014. The training gave the Marines the opportunity to refine and rehearse essential combat skills needed in a battlefield environment. Desert Scimitar is an annual exercise that includes elements from the I Marine Expeditionary Force. The exercise focused on conventional operations and provided realistic training that prepared Marines for overseas operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher J. Moore/Released)
1st Tank Bn. blasts through Exercise Desert Scimitar 2014
Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Tank Battalion, put their M1A1 abrams main battle tank into a defensive position during Exercise Desert Scimitar aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., May 11, 2014. The training gave the Marines the opportunity to refine and rehearse essential combat skills needed in a battlefield environment. Desert Scimitar is an annual exercise that includes elements from the I Marine Expeditionary Force. The exercise focused on conventional operations and provided realistic training that prepared Marines for overseas operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher J. Moore/Released)
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The 35th commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos, visits Marines and Sailors during a battlefield circulation at Forward Operating Base Shir Gazay, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on June 19, 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans)(RELEASED)
The 35th commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos, visits Marines and Sailors
The 35th commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos, visits Marines and Sailors during a battlefield circulation at Forward Operating Base Shir Gazay, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on June 19, 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans)(RELEASED)
U.S. Marines and Sailors with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, wait out a dust storm on Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 15, 2013.
Dust Storm
U.S. Marines and Sailors with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, wait out a dust storm on Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 15, 2013.
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Paul Gates, commanding officer, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, pauses during a dismounted patrol with Afghan National Civil Order Policemen during Operation California in Kajaki district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013.
Operation California
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Paul Gates, commanding officer, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, pauses during a dismounted patrol with Afghan National Civil Order Policemen during Operation California in Kajaki district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 28, 2013.
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, addresses U.S.Marines and Sailors assigned to Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 7 on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, April 22, 2013.
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry addresses U.S.Marines and Sailors
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry, commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, addresses U.S.Marines and Sailors assigned to Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 7 on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, April 22, 2013.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Zachary Schaible, left, and Cpl. Andrew Sanders, assigned to Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 7, set up Secure Internet Protocol and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Access Point (SNAP) satellite communications system on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 24, 2013.
Setting up SNAP Satellite Communications System
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Zachary Schaible, left, and Cpl. Andrew Sanders, assigned to Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 7, set up Secure Internet Protocol and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Access Point (SNAP) satellite communications system on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 24, 2013.
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Peter Estridge and Maj. Paul Harris, both assigned to Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 7 share a moment of levity while waiting in formation on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 1, 2013.
Waiting in Formation
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Peter Estridge and Maj. Paul Harris, both assigned to Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 7 share a moment of levity while waiting in formation on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 1, 2013.
A U.S. Marine M1A1 Abrams tank with Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 7, is staged on forward operating base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
A U.S. Marine M1A1 Abrams tank with Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 7
A U.S. Marine M1A1 Abrams tank with Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 7, is staged on forward operating base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Phillip Lim, left, and Cpl. Brandon Baber, both assigned to Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 7, take a pause from conducting function checks on an M1A1 Abrams tank on forward operating base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
Taking a Pause from Conducting Function Checks
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Phillip Lim, left, and Cpl. Brandon Baber, both assigned to Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 7, take a pause from conducting function checks on an M1A1 Abrams tank on forward operating base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christopher Melin, a loader with Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 7, pauses from conducting function checks on an M1A1 Abrams tank on forward operating base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
Lance Cpl. Christopher Melin, a loader with Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 7
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christopher Melin, a loader with Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 7, pauses from conducting function checks on an M1A1 Abrams tank on forward operating base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Robert Oak, left, Civil Affairs operations chief, Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 7, and Georgian Army Capt. Mikheil Mazmishvili, tour a M1A1 Abrams tank on forward operating base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
Touring a M1A1 Abrams tank
U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Robert Oak, left, Civil Affairs operations chief, Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 7, and Georgian Army Capt. Mikheil Mazmishvili, tour a M1A1 Abrams tank on forward operating base Shir Ghazay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jared Bailey, from Higden, Ark., assigned to Afghan National Civil Order Police Kandak 1 Advisor Team, Regimental Combat Team 7, conducts small arms live fire training on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
Small Arms Live Fire Training
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jared Bailey, from Higden, Ark., assigned to Afghan National Civil Order Police Kandak 1 Advisor Team, Regimental Combat Team 7, conducts small arms live fire training on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Conor Shannon, left, and Cpl. Jared Bailey, both assigned to Afghan National Civil Order Police Kandak 1 Advisor Team, Regimental Combat Team 7, maneuver between stations while conducting small arms live fire
training on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
1st Lt. Conor Shannon and Cpl. Jared Bailey maneuver between stations
U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Conor Shannon, left, and Cpl. Jared Bailey, both assigned to Afghan National Civil Order Police Kandak 1 Advisor Team, Regimental Combat Team 7, maneuver between stations while conducting small arms live fire training on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 25, 2013.
Combat Camera Imagery April 15-May 1, 2013
Combat Camera Imagery April 15-May 1, 2013
Combat Camera Imagery April 15-May 1, 2013
Costa Mesa Police Officers visit Marines of 1st Tank Battalion and get an inside look at the M1A1 Abrams Tank at the battalion's tank ramp June 28, 2012. The Marines also got an up close look at the officers' motorcycles.
Costa Mesa Police Officers visit Marines of 1st Tank Battalion
Costa Mesa Police Officers visit Marines of 1st Tank Battalion and get an inside look at the M1A1 Abrams Tank at the battalion's tank ramp June 28, 2012. The Marines also got an up close look at the officers' motorcycles.
Cpl. Joshua Pacheco, motor transport operator, 1st Tank Battalion, helps the Motor T Team in the pull-ups portion of 1st Tanks' field meet at Del Valle Field Aug. 31, 2012. The Motor T team went on to win the meet for the second time in a row.
1st Tanks' Field Meet
Cpl. Joshua Pacheco, motor transport operator, 1st Tank Battalion, helps the Motor T Team in the pull-ups portion of 1st Tanks' field meet at Del Valle Field Aug. 31, 2012. The Motor T team went on to win the meet for the second time in a row.
First Lt. MarkAnthony Villanueva, platoon commander, 1st Tank Battalion, takes the center position in the tug of war during the 1st Tanks' field meet at Del Valle Field Aug. 31, 2012.
1st Tanks' Field Meet
Cpl. John Stewie, mechanic, 1st Tanks, throws the 42-pound Tank Bar in the Tank Bar Toss during the 1st Tanks' field meet at Del Valle Field Aug. 31, 2012.
First Lt. MarkAnthony Villanueva, platoon commander, 1st Tank Battalion, takes the center position in the tug of war during the 1st Tanks' field meet at Del Valle Field Aug. 31, 2012.
1st Tanks' Field Meet
First Lt. MarkAnthony Villanueva, platoon commander, 1st Tank Battalion, takes the center position in the tug of war during the 1st Tanks' field meet at Del Valle Field Aug. 31, 2012.
Mission
To close with and destroy the enemy using expeditionary armor-protected firepower, shock effect, and maneuver in support of the MAGTF across the range of military operations.



1st Tank Battalion Leaders

Lieutenant Colonel Rush
Commanding Officer, 1st Tank Battalion
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Major Schnurr
Executive Officer, 1st Tank Battalion
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Sergeant Major Priester
Sergeant Major,1st Tank Battalion
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Welcome

The 1st Tank Battalion mission for the Unit, Personal, and Family Readiness Program (UPFRP) is: To train and prepare Marines, Sailors, and family members to ensure optimum resiliency when faced with all life cycle events.  When every Marine and family member in a unit reaches the optimum level of personal and family readiness, a high state of resiliency will result.

Operational readiness, as well as personal and family readiness, directly affects the fundamental mission of the Marine Corps, which is to make Marines and win battles.  Our most sacred resource is the individual Marine and his or her family.  Our success as an institution is linked to the well-being and resiliency of that Marine and his or her family.  Personal and family readiness is the ability of the individual Marine and our family members to successfully balance the challenges of military service, responsibilities to our families, and career and mission events.  A high state of operational readiness and personal and family readiness increases commitment, morale, focus, and resiliency to life cycle events (e.g. deployments). 

Personal and family readiness has been called a combat multiplier, equally as important as individual, equipment, and combat readiness.  When our families are at a higher state of readiness, individual Marines are better able to perform their assigned missions efficiently, effectively, and safely, thereby promoting a higher state of unit readiness. 

Each of you, the Marines and Sailors of 1st Tank Battalion, are ultimately responsible and accountable for your personal and family readiness.  While no one program can completely negate the inherent and unavoidable sacrifices associated with military service, UPFRP can leverage resources and significantly mitigate those potentially negative aspects.  As a result, families and Marines will experience improved quality of life and a feeling of empowerment. 

There are numerous resources available to assist in the pursuit and achievement of a high state of personal and family readiness.  All leaders (officers, SNCOs, and NCOs) will assist in the implementation of this program by providing counsel to Marines on the opportunities to participate in UPFRP training and events. 

By focusing on personal and family readiness and participating in events and training, the Marines, Sailors and families of 1st Tank Battalion will be ready when called.
      

L. M. RUSH 



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