Along with Sergeant Major Travis, allow me to welcome you to the most decorated infantry battalion in the Marine Corps: 2d Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, also known as “2/5.”
As an infantry battalion in the Marine Corps, we are prepared to deploy anywhere in the world to protect our nation’s interests. Our task is demanding and it requires hard work from the team of dedicated warriors who make up this unit.
My expectation of all Marines and Sailors in this battalion is to be honest men with agile minds, big hearts, strong backs, and hard feet. This simple, but universal, standard represents an ethos of how we live, how we train, and how we fight. It requires a high level of dedication and commitment, as well as a climate of trust and respect up and down the chain of command. We focus on mastery of the basics here in 2/5, and expect our Marines and Sailors to be fully capable of fluidly applying infantry skills across a wide spectrum of crisis response tasks. We are always prepared to locate, close with, and destroy - or protect - or both.
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 that famous battle.
Despite the drawdown from major conflicts over the last decade, areas of instability and hostility could threaten our nation’s interests at any time, often with little warning. The United States has an expectation of its Marines to be the most ready force to respond to this type of instability. As such, 2/5 will remain poised to respond to any task when the nation calls. This requires us to be well trained, flexible, and ready.
All of us at 2/5 recognize that a Marine or Sailor’s deployment readiness and mission effectiveness is directly tied to stability on the home front. Taking care of our families is a mission critical task for the battalion, and it’s the right thing to do for those who serve and sacrifice so much at home. My goal is to ensure timely, accurate, and frequent communication with our families so they are always informed and prepared when the nation calls.
Welcome to 2d Battalion, 5th Marines. We look forward to serving with you.
Lieutenant Colonel Steve Fiscus
2d Battalion, 5th Marines