Along with Sergeant Major Pinkerton, allow me to welcome you to the most decorated infantry battalion in the Marine Corps: 2d Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, also known at “2/5”. As an infantry battalion in the Marine Corps, we are prepared to deploy anywhere in the world to protect our nation’s interest. Our task is demanding and it requires hard work from the team of dedicated warriors who make up this unit.
Our battalion motto – “Retreat Hell!” – comes from the 1918 battle of Belleau Wood. As the Marines approached the site of what would be one the Marine Corps’ most famous battles, retreating French soldiers told the Marines they must retreat before the German onslaught. Capt Lloyd Williams, at the time a company commander in 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, replied, “Retreat? Hell, we just got here!”. Our motto reflects the fighting spirit of the Marines and Sailors who have served in 2/5 ever since, including Guadalcanal, Okinawa, Korea, Hue City, Iraq and Afghanistan.
2d Battalion, 5th Marines is located aboard Camp Pendleton on the north side of the base, near the Pacific Ocean. Some of the nearby cities are San Clemente and Dana Point located in southern Orange County. Camp Pendleton Marines and Sailors enjoy tremendous amount of public support from the local community. There are great off duty opportunities and I hope you are able to take advantage of many of them. With the year round temperate weather, there really is no excuse for not enjoying your time in Southern California.
You will be put in contact with a sponsor from the company to which you will be assigned. They will provide you with information and resources you may need to assist in your relocation/transition. If you don’t hear from your sponsor, please let the Battalion Adjutant know as quickly as possible by calling (760) 725-7566
The Family Readiness Officer us another member of my staff and is the primary action officer for family readiness issues and information referral. You don’t have to be married or have a family to take advantage of her services. Her name is Mrs. Tracy Hardin and she is a great resource. Her contact number is (760) 763-2774. Mrs. Hardin is the Battalion’s Facebook administrator. Please feel free to take a look at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/2d-Battalion-5th-Marines-139468619425889/
Additionally, you may want to visit the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Community Services website at: http://www.mccsCP.com to receive information and assistance with your move. The website also has useful information on youth sponsorship programs, sports and other activities. It is an excellent site with a wealth of valuable information.
In addition, I highly encourage you to contact Military One Source (www.MilitaryOneSource.com) to request a moving information packet specific to your unique needs. Again, welcome to the Retreat Hell! Battalion and don’t hesitate to use your sponsor or give us a call should you have any questions or need assistance.
Lieutenant Colonel Ogden, M. E.
2d Battalion, 5th Marines