3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment

 

3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment

1st Marine Division

Tony Horton, the creator the fitness program P90X, speaks to Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 9, 2015. Horton believes Marines need to focus on nutrition and a wide variety of exercises to be ready for any mission as may be directed. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Will Perkins/RELEASED)
Tony Horton, Creator of P90X, visits the Marines and Sailors of Dark Horse
Tony Horton, the creator the fitness program P90X, speaks to Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 9, 2015. Horton believes Marines need to focus on nutrition and a wide variety of exercises to be ready for any mission as may be directed. (U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Will Perkins/RELEASED)
Tony Horton, the creator of P90X, instructs morning physical fitness for the Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 9, 2015. Horton believes Marines need to focus on nutrition and a wide variety of exercises to be ready for any mission as may be directed.
Tony Horton, Creator of P90X, visits the Marines and Sailors of Dark Horse
Tony Horton, the creator of P90X, instructs morning physical fitness for the Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 9, 2015. Horton believes Marines need to focus on nutrition and a wide variety of exercises to be ready for any mission as may be directed.
Lieutenant Colonel Hunter Rawlings, the commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, conducts exercises during a visit from the creator of the fitness program P90X aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 9, 2015. Horton believes Marines need to focus on nutrition and a wide variety of exercises to be ready for any mission as may be directed.
Tony Horton, Creator of P90X, visits the Marines and Sailors of Dark Horse
Lieutenant Colonel Hunter Rawlings, the commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, conducts exercises during a visit from the creator of the fitness program P90X aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 9, 2015. Horton believes Marines need to focus on nutrition and a wide variety of exercises to be ready for any mission as may be directed.
Tony Horton, the creator of P90X, instructs morning physical fitness for the Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 9, 2015. Horton believes Marines need to focus on nutrition and a wide variety of exercises to be ready for any mission as may be directed.
Tony Horton, Creator of P90X, visits the Marines and Sailors of Dark Horse
Tony Horton, the creator of P90X, instructs morning physical fitness for the Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 9, 2015. Horton believes Marines need to focus on nutrition and a wide variety of exercises to be ready for any mission as may be directed.
U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Division and their French counterparts gather at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery to commemorate their fallen heroes in Belleau, France on May 31, 2015. This Memorial Day ceremony was held in honor of the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
1st Marine Division commemorates the 97th anniversary of the battle of Belleau Wood
U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Division and their French counterparts gather at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery to commemorate their fallen heroes in Belleau, France on May 31, 2015. This Memorial Day ceremony was held in honor of the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Division and their French counterparts gather at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery to commemorate their fallen heroes in Belleau, France, on May 31, 2015. This Memorial Day ceremony was held in honor of the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
1st Marine Division commemorates the 97th anniversary of the battle of Belleau Wood
U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Division and their French counterparts gather at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery to commemorate their fallen heroes in Belleau, France, on May 31, 2015. This Memorial Day ceremony was held in honor of the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Noukane Sonethanouvong, radio operator with communications company, headquarters battalion, 1st Marine Division  salutes while taps is played during a private ceremony at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France on May 31, 2015. This Memorial Day ceremony was held in honor of the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
1st Marine Division commemorates the 97th anniversary of the battle of Belleau Wood
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Noukane Sonethanouvong, radio operator with communications company, headquarters battalion, 1st Marine Division salutes while taps is played during a private ceremony at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France on May 31, 2015. This Memorial Day ceremony was held in honor of the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
Sergeant Maj. of the Marine Corps Ronald L. Green shakes the hands of Marines with the 5th Marine Regiment prior to a private ceremony at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France, May 31, 2015. This Memorial Day ceremony is held in honor of the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood. More than 1,800 Marines from the 5th and 6th Regiments lost their lives in the 21-day battle that stopped the last German offensive in 1918. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
1st Marine Division commemorates the 97th anniversary of the battle of Belleau Wood
Sergeant Maj. of the Marine Corps Ronald L. Green shakes the hands of Marines with the 5th Marine Regiment prior to a private ceremony at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France, May 31, 2015. This Memorial Day ceremony is held in honor of the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood. More than 1,800 Marines from the 5th and 6th Regiments lost their lives in the 21-day battle that stopped the last German offensive in 1918. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Akeel Austin/Released)
Headquarters (HQ) Company, 5th Marine Regiment conducts a Command Post Exercise (CPX) on 3-4 March 2015.  During this exercise, HQ Co was assessing and validating its capabilities to provide command and control (C2) to subordinate, adjacent, and higher units. The Jump element set-up in Artillery Firing Area (AFA) 14 in the vicinity of Tango Training Area near Las Pulgas Rd. Upon completion of the exercise, the Jump proved it could sustain communication to the Forward, a larger C2 node postured 10 kilometers away and separated by significant terrain.
Jump CPX 3
Headquarters (HQ) Company, 5th Marine Regiment conducts a Command Post Exercise (CPX) on 3-4 March 2015. During this exercise, HQ Co was assessing and validating its capabilities to provide command and control (C2) to subordinate, adjacent, and higher units. The Jump element set-up in Artillery Firing Area (AFA) 14 in the vicinity of Tango Training Area near Las Pulgas Rd. Upon completion of the exercise, the Jump proved it could sustain communication to the Forward, a larger C2 node postured 10 kilometers away and separated by significant terrain.
Camp Pendleton, CA – LtCol Hunter R. Rawlings assumes command of the Dark Horse, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, during a change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA 14 January, 2015.  LtCol Rawlings assumed command from LtCol Robert C. Rice, following the Battalion’s recent return from deployment as the Battalion Landing Team for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit . Here the outgoing and incoming commanders transfer the Battalion Colors in the presence of the Battalion Sergeant Major, Sergeant Major Carlos Ruiz.
3/5 Change of Command
Camp Pendleton, CA – LtCol Hunter R. Rawlings assumes command of the Dark Horse, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, during a change of command ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA 14 January, 2015. LtCol Rawlings assumed command from LtCol Robert C. Rice, following the Battalion’s recent return from deployment as the Battalion Landing Team for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit . Here the outgoing and incoming commanders transfer the Battalion Colors in the presence of the Battalion Sergeant Major, Sergeant Major Carlos Ruiz.
Camp Pendleton, CA – During a change of command ceremony for the Dark Horse, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA 14 January, 2015, LtCol Rawlings assumed command from LtCol Robert C. Rice.  Former 3/5 Commanders joined in the Battalion’s pass in review as LtCol Rice and LtCol Rawlings officiated the ceremony.
3/5 Change of Command
Camp Pendleton, CA – During a change of command ceremony for the Dark Horse, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA 14 January, 2015, LtCol Rawlings assumed command from LtCol Robert C. Rice. Former 3/5 Commanders joined in the Battalion’s pass in review as LtCol Rice and LtCol Rawlings officiated the ceremony.
Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, practice crossing a road during an Urban Operations exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 9, 2014. UO can be more dangerous than an open battlefield because Marines have the possibility of close quarter combat that puts them face-to-face with the enemy. It requires Marines to be extra cautious and aware of their environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Moore/Released)
Geronimo Battalion seizes Urban Operations town
Marines with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, practice crossing a road during an Urban Operations exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 9, 2014. UO can be more dangerous than an open battlefield because Marines have the possibility of close quarter combat that puts them face-to-face with the enemy. It requires Marines to be extra cautious and aware of their environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Moore/Released)
Lance Cpl. Hayden Parker, rifleman, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, and a native of Florence, Ariz., provides security for his fire team during an Urban Operations exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 9, 2014. The training area tested the Marines’ knowledge and skills on operations in austere conditions. The range portrayed how an urban battlefield may look in a combat environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Moore/Released)
Geronimo Battalion seizes Urban Operations town
Lance Cpl. Hayden Parker, rifleman, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, and a native of Florence, Ariz., provides security for his fire team during an Urban Operations exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 9, 2014. The training area tested the Marines’ knowledge and skills on operations in austere conditions. The range portrayed how an urban battlefield may look in a combat environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Moore/Released)
Marines with 5th Marine Regiment salute during a French Fourragere ceremony aboard the Camp San Mateo parade deck here, Oct. 23, 2013. The regiment is one of two Marine Corps regiments authorized to wear the Fourragere for heroic actions during World War I. New Marines with the regiment received the Fourragere during the ceremony.
Fighting Fifth honors historic legacy
Marines with 5th Marine Regiment salute during a French Fourragere ceremony aboard the Camp San Mateo parade deck here, Oct. 23, 2013. The regiment is one of two Marine Corps regiments authorized to wear the Fourragere for heroic actions during World War I. New Marines with the regiment received the Fourragere during the ceremony.
Colonel Jason Bohm, commanding officer, 5th Marine Regiment, passes the French Fourragere to Lt Col. Kevin Mathews, commanding officer, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, during a French Fourragere ceremony aboard the Camp San Mateo parade deck here, Oct. 23, 2013. The regiment is one of two Marine Corps regiments authorized to wear the Fourragere for heroic actions during World War I. New Marines with the regiment received the Fourragere during the ceremony.
Fighting Fifth honors historic legacy
Colonel Jason Bohm, commanding officer, 5th Marine Regiment, passes the French Fourragere to Lt Col. Kevin Mathews, commanding officer, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, during a French Fourragere ceremony aboard the Camp San Mateo parade deck here, Oct. 23, 2013. The regiment is one of two Marine Corps regiments authorized to wear the Fourragere for heroic actions during World War I. New Marines with the regiment received the Fourragere during the ceremony.
Marines with 5th Marine Regiment are presented the French Fourragere during a ceremony aboard the Camp San Mateo parade deck here, Oct. 23, 2013. The regiment is one of two Marine Corps regiments authorized to wear the Fourragere for heroic actions during World War I. The ceremony emphasizes the Marines' commitment to the rich history of the Fighting Fifth.
Fighting Fifth honors historic legacy
Marines with 5th Marine Regiment are presented the French Fourragere during a ceremony aboard the Camp San Mateo parade deck here, Oct. 23, 2013. The regiment is one of two Marine Corps regiments authorized to wear the Fourragere for heroic actions during World War I. The ceremony emphasizes the Marines' commitment to the rich history of the Fighting Fifth.
Private First Class Alex Garcia, rifleman, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, and a native of Modesto, Calif., provides security during an integrated exercise on Range 600 here, Oct. 15, 2013. The training helped Marines see how multiple elements of an attack work together to accomplish a single mission. The Marines attacked mock enemy positions while they were supported by artillery fire. The exercise prepared the Marines for future operations.
Training exercise helps Marines remain force in readiness
Private First Class Alex Garcia, rifleman, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, and a native of Modesto, Calif., provides security during an integrated exercise on Range 600 here, Oct. 15, 2013. The training helped Marines see how multiple elements of an attack work together to accomplish a single mission. The Marines attacked mock enemy positions while they were supported by artillery fire. The exercise prepared the Marines for future operations.
Corporal Clayton Thomas, squad leader, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, and a native of Coloma, Wis., repels mock enemy attacks with an M203 grenade launcher during an integrated exercise on Range 600 here, Oct. 15, 2013. The training helped Marines see how multiple elements of an attack work together to accomplish a single mission. The Marines also trained with light anti-armor weapons, M240 B medium machine guns and were supported by artillery fire. The exercise helped the Marines remain ready for any deployment.
Training exercise helps Marines remain force in readiness
Corporal Clayton Thomas, squad leader, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, and a native of Coloma, Wis., repels mock enemy attacks with an M203 grenade launcher during an integrated exercise on Range 600 here, Oct. 15, 2013. The training helped Marines see how multiple elements of an attack work together to accomplish a single mission. The Marines also trained with light anti-armor weapons, M240 B medium machine guns and were supported by artillery fire. The exercise helped the Marines remain ready for any deployment.
Marines with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, patrol during an integrated exercise on Range 600 here, Oct. 15, 2013. The training helped Marines see how multiple elements of an attack work together to accomplish a single mission. The Marines performed a company-size assault on mock enemy positions preparing them for large-scale offensives they might perform in future operations. The exercise helped the Marines remain ready for any deployment.
Training exercise helps Marines remain force in readiness
Marines with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, patrol during an integrated exercise on Range 600 here, Oct. 15, 2013. The training helped Marines see how multiple elements of an attack work together to accomplish a single mission. The Marines performed a company-size assault on mock enemy positions preparing them for large-scale offensives they might perform in future operations. The exercise helped the Marines remain ready for any deployment.
Private First Class Alex Garcia, rifleman, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, provides security during a training exercise on Range 600 here, Oct. 15, 2013. The integrated training helped Marines see how multiple elements of an attack work together to accomplish a single mission. The Marines performed a company-size assault on mock enemy positions preparing them for large-scale offensives they might perform in future operation. The exercise helped the Marines remain ready for any deployment.
Training exercise helps Marines remain force in readiness
Private First Class Alex Garcia, rifleman, Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, provides security during a training exercise on Range 600 here, Oct. 15, 2013. The integrated training helped Marines see how multiple elements of an attack work together to accomplish a single mission. The Marines performed a company-size assault on mock enemy positions preparing them for large-scale offensives they might perform in future operation. The exercise helped the Marines remain ready for any deployment.
Sergeant Maj. Carlos Ruiz, incoming sergeant major, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, addresses his Marines on the plans he has for the battalion during a relief and appointment ceremony here, Sept. 20, 2013. Relief and appointment ceremonies are one of th e many traditions upheld in the Marine Corps today, which involves the passing of the noncommissioned officer sword from the outgoing sergeant major to the oncoming. The passing of the sword signifies the transfer of responsibilities and accountability from one senior enlisted Marine to another.
Dark horse battalion welcomes new sergeant major
Sergeant Maj. Carlos Ruiz, incoming sergeant major, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, addresses his Marines on the plans he has for the battalion during a relief and appointment ceremony here, Sept. 20, 2013. Relief and appointment ceremonies are one of th e many traditions upheld in the Marine Corps today, which involves the passing of the noncommissioned officer sword from the outgoing sergeant major to the oncoming. The passing of the sword signifies the transfer of responsibilities and accountability from one senior enlisted Marine to another.
Lieutenant Col. Robert Rice, commanding officer, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, passes the noncommissioned officer sword to Sgt. Maj. Carlos Ruiz, incoming sergeant major, 3rd Bn., 5th Marines, during a relief and appointment ceremony here, Sept. 20, 2013. Relief and appointment ceremonies are one of the many traditions upheld in the Marine Corps today, which involves the passing of the noncommissioned officer sword from the outgoing sergeant major to the oncoming. The passing of the sword signifies the transfer of responsibilities and accountability from one senior enlisted Marine to another.
Dark horse battalion welcomes new sergeant major
Lieutenant Col. Robert Rice, commanding officer, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, passes the noncommissioned officer sword to Sgt. Maj. Carlos Ruiz, incoming sergeant major, 3rd Bn., 5th Marines, during a relief and appointment ceremony here, Sept. 20, 2013. Relief and appointment ceremonies are one of the many traditions upheld in the Marine Corps today, which involves the passing of the noncommissioned officer sword from the outgoing sergeant major to the oncoming. The passing of the sword signifies the transfer of responsibilities and accountability from one senior enlisted Marine to another.
Noncommissioned officers with Headquarters Company, 5th Marine Regiment, attend a professional military education session as part of the regiment's emphasis on small-unit leaders here, Sept. 20, 2013. Every Friday, Marines conduct PMEs to train and educate the servicemembers with the regiment. This PME focused on the NCOs' roles as mentors and leaders with their junior Marines.
Fighting Fifth emphasizes small-unit leadership through PMEs
Noncommissioned officers with Headquarters Company, 5th Marine Regiment, attend a professional military education session as part of the regiment's emphasis on small-unit leaders here, Sept. 20, 2013. Every Friday, Marines conduct PMEs to train and educate the servicemembers with the regiment. This PME focused on the NCOs' roles as mentors and leaders with their junior Marines.
Marines serving with Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, prepare to assault an objective during tactical sight exploitation training here, Sept. 11, 2013. The Marines interacted with role-players portraying possible enemy insurgents and conducted searches for enemy weapons and intelligence. The training was designed to prepare the Marines for their upcoming deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Tactical sight exploitation training prepares Marines for deployment
Marines serving with Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, prepare to assault an objective during tactical sight exploitation training here, Sept. 11, 2013. The Marines interacted with role-players portraying possible enemy insurgents and conducted searches for enemy weapons and intelligence. The training was designed to prepare the Marines for their upcoming deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Marines serving with Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, conduct a search for enemy weapons and intelligence during tactical sight exploitation training here, Sept. 11, 2013. The Marines interacted with role-players portraying possible enemy insurgents and conducted searches for enemy weapons and intelligence. The training was designed to prepare the Marines for their upcoming deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Tactical sight exploitation training prepares Marines for deployment
Marines serving with Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, conduct a search for enemy weapons and intelligence during tactical sight exploitation training here, Sept. 11, 2013. The Marines interacted with role-players portraying possible enemy insurgents and conducted searches for enemy weapons and intelligence. The training was designed to prepare the Marines for their upcoming deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Servicemembers escort family members of Marines who sacrificed their lives with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, as well as Army units, during the Honor Bowl here, Sept. 7, 2013. The Gold Star family members were the guests of honor during the game and were walked to the center of the field for the coin toss. The Honor Bowl is a two-day event put together by the Honor Group to raise awareness of the sacrifices of servicemembers.
3/5 Marines kick off Honor Bowl
Servicemembers escort family members of Marines who sacrificed their lives with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, as well as Army units, during the Honor Bowl here, Sept. 7, 2013. The Gold Star family members were the guests of honor during the game and were walked to the center of the field for the coin toss. The Honor Bowl is a two-day event put together by the Honor Group to raise awareness of the sacrifices of servicemembers.
Brigadier Gen. John Bullard, right, commanding general, Marine Corps Installations West and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, addresses spectators during the Honor Bowl here, Sept. 7, 2013. The Honor Bowl is a two-day event put together by the Honor Group to raise awareness of the sacrifices of servicemembers.
3/5 Marines kick off Honor Bowl
Brigadier Gen. John Bullard, right, commanding general, Marine Corps Installations West and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, addresses spectators during the Honor Bowl here, Sept. 7, 2013. The Honor Bowl is a two-day event put together by the Honor Group to raise awareness of the sacrifices of servicemembers.
(Right to left) Colonel Jason Bohm, commanding officer, 5th Marine Regiment, Sgt. Maj. Clifford Wiggins, sergeant major, 5th Marines, and Sgt. Maj. Alberto Ruiz, former sergeant major, 5th Marines, salute Marines and sailors as they conduct a pass and review during a relief, appointment and retirement ceremony at the Camp San Mateo helicopter landing pad here, Sept. 6, 2013. Marines and sailors of the Fighting Fifth bid farewell to Ruiz who retired after 30 years of service after relinquishing his post to Wiggins during the ceremony. Wiggins served as the sergeant major of 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion before assuming his current post. Ruiz is a Laredo, Texas, native, Bohm is an Oyster Bay, N.Y., native, and Wiggins is a Cincinnati native.
Corps' most decorated regiment welcomes new sergeant major
(Right to left) Colonel Jason Bohm, commanding officer, 5th Marine Regiment, Sgt. Maj. Clifford Wiggins, sergeant major, 5th Marines, and Sgt. Maj. Alberto Ruiz, former sergeant major, 5th Marines, salute Marines and sailors as they conduct a pass and review during a relief, appointment and retirement ceremony at the Camp San Mateo helicopter landing pad here, Sept. 6, 2013. Marines and sailors of the Fighting Fifth bid farewell to Ruiz who retired after 30 years of service after relinquishing his post to Wiggins during the ceremony. Wiggins served as the sergeant major of 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion before assuming his current post. Ruiz is a Laredo, Texas, native, Bohm is an Oyster Bay, N.Y., native, and Wiggins is a Cincinnati native.
Sergeant Maj. Clifford Wiggins, sergeant major, 5th Marine Regiment, speaks to guests during a relief, appointment and retirement ceremony at the Camp San Mateo helicopter landing pad here, Sept. 6, 2013. Marines and sailors of the Fighting Fifth bid farewell to Sgt. Maj. Alberto Ruiz, former sergeant major, 5th Marines, who retired after 30 years of service, and welcomed Clifford during the ceremony. Wiggins served as the sergeant major of 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion before assuming his current post. Ruiz is a Laredo, Texas, native, and Wiggins is a Cincinnati native.
Corps' most decorated regiment welcomes new sergeant major
Sergeant Maj. Clifford Wiggins, sergeant major, 5th Marine Regiment, speaks to guests during a relief, appointment and retirement ceremony at the Camp San Mateo helicopter landing pad here, Sept. 6, 2013. Marines and sailors of the Fighting Fifth bid farewell to Sgt. Maj. Alberto Ruiz, former sergeant major, 5th Marines, who retired after 30 years of service, and welcomed Clifford during the ceremony. Wiggins served as the sergeant major of 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion before assuming his current post. Ruiz is a Laredo, Texas, native, and Wiggins is a Cincinnati native.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Lance Cpl. Tyler North, a team leader serving with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, and native of San Diego, patrols across the hills of Range 800 here before his platoon begins a live-fire assault, Aug. 14, 2013. The company conducted day and night platoon attacks reinforced by a combined anti-armor team, mortar fire and machine gun fire as one of their last training exercises before deploying in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 31st MEU is capable of conducting limited contingency operations, amphibious operations and crisis response in the Asia-Pacific region.
Most decorated infantry battalion prepares for next deployment
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Lance Cpl. Tyler North, a team leader serving with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, and native of San Diego, patrols across the hills of Range 800 here before his platoon begins a live-fire assault, Aug. 14, 2013. The company conducted day and night platoon attacks reinforced by a combined anti-armor team, mortar fire and machine gun fire as one of their last training exercises before deploying in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 31st MEU is capable of conducting limited contingency operations, amphibious operations and crisis response in the Asia-Pacific region.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines serving with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, cool off after filling hundreds of sandbags to prepare targets and objectives for live-fire training on Range 800 here, Aug. 12, 2013. The company conducted day and night platoon attacks reinforced by a combined anti-armor team, mortar fire and machine gun fire as one of their last training exercises before deploying in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 31st MEU is America’s expeditionary force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Most decorated infantry battalion prepares for next deployment
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines serving with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, cool off after filling hundreds of sandbags to prepare targets and objectives for live-fire training on Range 800 here, Aug. 12, 2013. The company conducted day and night platoon attacks reinforced by a combined anti-armor team, mortar fire and machine gun fire as one of their last training exercises before deploying in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 31st MEU is America’s expeditionary force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
Marines with 5th Marine Regiment are presented the French Fourragere during a ceremony aboard the Camp San Mateo parade deck here, Aug. 1, 2013. The regiment is one of two Marine Corps regiments authorized to wear the fourragere for heroic actions during World War I. The ceremony emphasized the Marines' commitment to upholding the rich history of the Fighting Fifth.
Marines wear French unit award honoring Fighting Fifth legacy
Marines with 5th Marine Regiment are presented the French Fourragere during a ceremony aboard the Camp San Mateo parade deck here, Aug. 1, 2013. The regiment is one of two Marine Corps regiments authorized to wear the fourragere for heroic actions during World War I. The ceremony emphasized the Marines' commitment to upholding the rich history of the Fighting Fifth.
Major Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, commanding general, 1st Marine Division, congratulates Sgt. Matthew T. Woodall, former squad leader, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, after awarding him the Silver Star Medal during an award ceremony at the Camp San Mateo parade deck here, Aug. 2, 2013. Woodall, a native of Paducah, Ky., earned the nation's third highest military award for valor for his actions in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A platoon-sized enemy force attacked Woodall and his Marines from several fortified positions during a security patrol mission in the Sangin district of Helmand, July 10 through 11, 2011. His daring actions ultimately defeated the enemy attack, killing four insurgents and wounding many others.
Kentucky Marine awarded Silver Star for courageous, dedicated leadership
Major Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, commanding general, 1st Marine Division, congratulates Sgt. Matthew T. Woodall, former squad leader, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, after awarding him the Silver Star Medal during an award ceremony at the Camp San Mateo parade deck here, Aug. 2, 2013. Woodall, a native of Paducah, Ky., earned the nation's third highest military award for valor for his actions in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A platoon-sized enemy force attacked Woodall and his Marines from several fortified positions during a security patrol mission in the Sangin district of Helmand, July 10 through 11, 2011. His daring actions ultimately defeated the enemy attack, killing four insurgents and wounding many others.
Sergeant Matthew T. Woodall, former squad leader, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, stands at attention as the national anthem is played during an award ceremony at the Camp San Mateo parade deck here, Aug. 2, 2013. Woodall, a native of Paducah, Ky., earned the Silver Star Medal, the nation's third highest military award for valor for his actions in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A platoon-sized enemy force attacked Woodall and his Marines from several fortified positions during a security patrol mission in the Sangin district of Helmand, July 10 through 11, 2011. His daring actions ultimately defeated the enemy attack, killing four insurgents and wounding many others.
Kentucky Marine awarded Silver Star for courageous, dedicated leadership
Sergeant Matthew T. Woodall, former squad leader, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, stands at attention as the national anthem is played during an award ceremony at the Camp San Mateo parade deck here, Aug. 2, 2013. Woodall, a native of Paducah, Ky., earned the Silver Star Medal, the nation's third highest military award for valor for his actions in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A platoon-sized enemy force attacked Woodall and his Marines from several fortified positions during a security patrol mission in the Sangin district of Helmand, July 10 through 11, 2011. His daring actions ultimately defeated the enemy attack, killing four insurgents and wounding many others.
Lieutenant Col. Christeon C. Griffin, the outgoing commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, hands the battalion colors to Lt. Col. Robert C. Rice, the battalion's incoming commanding officer, during a change of command ceremony at the Camp San Mateo parade deck here, June 26, 2013. The passing of the colors signified the transfer of authority and responsibility from one commander to the next.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer)
Darkhorse battalion receives new commanding officer
Lieutenant Col. Christeon C. Griffin, the outgoing commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, hands the battalion colors to Lt. Col. Robert C. Rice, the battalion's incoming commanding officer, during a change of command ceremony at the Camp San Mateo parade deck here, June 26, 2013. The passing of the colors signified the transfer of authority and responsibility from one commander to the next. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer)
Colonel Roger B. Turner, the outgoing commanding officer of 5th Marine Regiment, salutes the U.S. flag during a change of command ceremony at the Camp San Mateo helicopter landing pad here, June 25, 2013. Turner, a native of Laurel, Md., will assume his post as the new Military Secretary for the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Fighting Fifth welcomes new commanding officer
Colonel Roger B. Turner, the outgoing commanding officer of 5th Marine Regiment, salutes the U.S. flag during a change of command ceremony at the Camp San Mateo helicopter landing pad here, June 25, 2013. Turner, a native of Laurel, Md., will assume his post as the new Military Secretary for the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Colonel Jason Q. Bohm, the incoming commanding officer of 5th Marine Regiment, talks to Marines and sailors serving with the regiment, during a change of command ceremony at the Camp San Mateo helicopter landing pad here, June 25, 2013. Bohm, a native of Oyster Bay, N.Y., took command of the regiment from Col. Roger B. Turner, a native of Laurel, Md.
Fighting Fifth welcomes new commanding officer
Colonel Jason Q. Bohm, the incoming commanding officer of 5th Marine Regiment, talks to Marines and sailors serving with the regiment, during a change of command ceremony at the Camp San Mateo helicopter landing pad here, June 25, 2013. Bohm, a native of Oyster Bay, N.Y., took command of the regiment from Col. Roger B. Turner, a native of Laurel, Md.
Marines of 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, escort the regiment's birthday cake during a ball held in celebration of the 5th Marines' 96th birthday here, June 6, 2013. The regiment holds the honor of being the Marine Corps most decorated regiment. According to the regiment's official history, prior to U.S. forces' deployment to France in WW I, 5th Marines was activated in Philadelphia during June 1917. So fierce were their efforts in Belleau Wood and subsequent victories, the French government awarded the regiment the Croix de Guerre with two palms and one gilt star. Since then, the regiment has served in the hallowed battlegrounds of Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait and most recently Iraq and Afghanistan.
Fighting Fifth celebrates 96th birthday
Marines of 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, escort the regiment's birthday cake during a ball held in celebration of the 5th Marines' 96th birthday here, June 6, 2013. The regiment holds the honor of being the Marine Corps most decorated regiment. According to the regiment's official history, prior to U.S. forces' deployment to France in WW I, 5th Marines was activated in Philadelphia during June 1917. So fierce were their efforts in Belleau Wood and subsequent victories, the French government awarded the regiment the Croix de Guerre with two palms and one gilt star. Since then, the regiment has served in the hallowed battlegrounds of Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait and most recently Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mission
3rd Battalion, 5th Marines deploys as a Battalion Landing Team to any operating environment and defeats our enemies across the entire spectrum of warfare.

3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment Leaders

Lieutenant Colonel Rawlings
Commanding Officer 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment
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Major Sean Lynch
Executive Officer 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment
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Sergeant Major Carlos A. Ruiz
Sergeant Major 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment
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Contact
3rd Battalion, 5th Marines
BOX 555483
Camp Pendleton,
CA 92055

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(760)763-0396

Camp Pendleton
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