3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment

 

3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment

1st Marine Division

Lance Cpl. Steven Hoggand, a machine gunner and section leader with 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, directs his Marines’ fire while suppressing an enemy position during platoon attack drills, July 24, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Training began for the Marines of Company C with a combined arms fire and maneuver exercise as part of their Integrated Training Exercise in preparation for their upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1 scheduled to depart later this year.
1/7 Destroys in Platoon Attacks
Lance Cpl. Steven Hoggand, a machine gunner and section leader with 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, directs his Marines’ fire while suppressing an enemy position during platoon attack drills, July 24, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Training began for the Marines of Company C with a combined arms fire and maneuver exercise as part of their Integrated Training Exercise in preparation for their upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1 scheduled to depart later this year.
Lance Cpl. Randy Dick, a rifleman with 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, fires on an enemy machine gun bunker during platoon attack drills, July 24, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Training began for the Marines of Company C with a combined arms fire and maneuver exercise as part of their Integrated Training Exercise in preparation for their upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1 scheduled to depart later this year.
1/7 Destroys in Platoon Attacks
Lance Cpl. Randy Dick, a rifleman with 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, fires on an enemy machine gun bunker during platoon attack drills, July 24, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Training began for the Marines of Company C with a combined arms fire and maneuver exercise as part of their Integrated Training Exercise in preparation for their upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1 scheduled to depart later this year.
1st Lt. Cress Clippard, platoon commander for 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, observes his Marines’ approach during platoon attack drills, July 24, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Training began for the Marines of Company C with a combined arms fire and maneuver exercise as part of their Integrated Training Exercise in preparation for their upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central 16.1 Command scheduled to depart later this year.
1/7 Destroys in Platoon Attacks
1st Lt. Cress Clippard, platoon commander for 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, observes his Marines’ approach during platoon attack drills, July 24, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Training began for the Marines of Company C with a combined arms fire and maneuver exercise as part of their Integrated Training Exercise in preparation for their upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central 16.1 Command scheduled to depart later this year.
A Marine with 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, runs along his squad’s firing line distributing ammunition during platoon attack drills, July 24, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Training began for the Marines of Company C with a combined arms fire and maneuver exercise as part of their Integrated Training Exercise in preparation for their upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1 scheduled to depart later this year.
1/7 Destroys in Platoon Attacks
A Marine with 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, runs along his squad’s firing line distributing ammunition during platoon attack drills, July 24, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Training began for the Marines of Company C with a combined arms fire and maneuver exercise as part of their Integrated Training Exercise in preparation for their upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1 scheduled to depart later this year.
Two Marines with 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, distribute ammunition during platoon attack drills, July 24, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Training began for the Marines of Company C with a combined arms fire and maneuver exercise as part of their Integrated Training Exercise in preparation for their upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1 scheduled to depart later this year.
1/7 Destroys in Platoon Attacks
Two Marines with 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, distribute ammunition during platoon attack drills, July 24, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Training began for the Marines of Company C with a combined arms fire and maneuver exercise as part of their Integrated Training Exercise in preparation for their upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1 scheduled to depart later this year.
A medium machine gun team with 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, prepares to advance to their support by fire position during platoon attack drills, July 24, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Training began for the Marines of Company C with a combined arms fire and maneuver exercise as part of their Integrated Training Exercise in preparation for their upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1 scheduled to depart later this year.
1/7 Destroys in Platoon Attacks
A medium machine gun team with 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, prepares to advance to their support by fire position during platoon attack drills, July 24, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Training began for the Marines of Company C with a combined arms fire and maneuver exercise as part of their Integrated Training Exercise in preparation for their upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1 scheduled to depart later this year.
Lance Cpl. Steven Hoggand, a machine gunner and section leader with 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, directs his Marines’ fire while suppressing an enemy position during platoon attack drills, July 24, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Training began for the Marines of Company C with a combined arms fire and maneuver exercise as part of their Integrated Training Exercise in preparation for their upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1 scheduled to depart later this year.
1/7 Destroys in Platoon Attacks
Lance Cpl. Steven Hoggand, a machine gunner and section leader with 1st Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, directs his Marines’ fire while suppressing an enemy position during platoon attack drills, July 24, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. Training began for the Marines of Company C with a combined arms fire and maneuver exercise as part of their Integrated Training Exercise in preparation for their upcoming deployment with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1 scheduled to depart later this year.
Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, prepare to depart an expeditionary airfield at Camp Wilson aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 17, to conduct a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission with 3rd Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, during a certification exercise for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is a fully capable crisis response unit with the ability to project power over the vast distances using organic air and ground combat assets.
1/7 conducts TRAP in preparation for deployment
Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, prepare to depart an expeditionary airfield at Camp Wilson aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 17, to conduct a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission with 3rd Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, during a certification exercise for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is a fully capable crisis response unit with the ability to project power over the vast distances using organic air and ground combat assets.
Infantry Marines with 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, post security after landing at landing zone K Springs aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 17, as part of a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission during a certification exercise for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1. The SPMAGTF is an expeditionary unit designed to provide simultaneous, self-contained crisis response mission sets in a variety of diverse and austere operating environments.
1/7 conducts TRAP in preparation for deployment
Infantry Marines with 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, post security after landing at landing zone K Springs aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 17, as part of a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission during a certification exercise for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1. The SPMAGTF is an expeditionary unit designed to provide simultaneous, self-contained crisis response mission sets in a variety of diverse and austere operating environments.
An Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, prepares to depart landing zone K Springs aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 17, as part of a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission during a certification exercise for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is a fully capable crisis response unit with the ability to project power over the vast distances using organic air and ground combat assets.
1/7 conducts TRAP in preparation for deployment
An Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, prepares to depart landing zone K Springs aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 17, as part of a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission during a certification exercise for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is a fully capable crisis response unit with the ability to project power over the vast distances using organic air and ground combat assets.
Infantry Marines with 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, locate and assess a simulated downed aircraft near landing zone K Springs aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 17, while conducting a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission during a certification exercise for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1. The SPMAGTF is an expeditionary unit designed to provide simultaneous, self-contained crisis response mission sets in a variety of diverse and austere operating environments.
1/7 conducts TRAP in preparation for deployment
Infantry Marines with 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, locate and assess a simulated downed aircraft near landing zone K Springs aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 17, while conducting a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission during a certification exercise for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1. The SPMAGTF is an expeditionary unit designed to provide simultaneous, self-contained crisis response mission sets in a variety of diverse and austere operating environments.
Infantry Marines with 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, locate and assess a simulated victim near landing zone K Springs aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 17, while conducting a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission during a certification exercise for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is a fully capable crisis response unit with the ability to project power over the vast distances using organic air and ground combat assets.
1/7 conducts TRAP in preparation for deployment
Infantry Marines with 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, locate and assess a simulated victim near landing zone K Springs aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 17, while conducting a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission during a certification exercise for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is a fully capable crisis response unit with the ability to project power over the vast distances using organic air and ground combat assets.
Infantry Marines with 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, provide security for a simulated victim at landing zone K Springs aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 17, while awaiting pick up from a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission during a certification exercise for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is a fully capable crisis response unit with the ability to project power over the vast distances using organic air and ground combat assets.
1/7 conducts TRAP in preparation for deployment
Infantry Marines with 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, provide security for a simulated victim at landing zone K Springs aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 17, while awaiting pick up from a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission during a certification exercise for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command 16.1. SPMAGTF-CR-CC is a fully capable crisis response unit with the ability to project power over the vast distances using organic air and ground combat assets.
Lance Cpl. Rory Fuller, a machine gunner with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, calls for his runner to bring additional ammunition during 1/7’s Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., June 9, 2015.  Marines from 1/7 and 2nd battalion, 7th Marine Regiment are currently in preparation for deployment with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) scheduled to depart in support of Operation Inherent Resolve later this year.
7th Marines train to support Inherent Resolve
Lance Cpl. Rory Fuller, a machine gunner with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, calls for his runner to bring additional ammunition during 1/7’s Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., June 9, 2015. Marines from 1/7 and 2nd battalion, 7th Marine Regiment are currently in preparation for deployment with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) scheduled to depart in support of Operation Inherent Resolve later this year.
A mortarman with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, establishes the direction of fires for his 60 millimeter mortar team during 1/7’s Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., June 9, 2015.  Marines from 1/7 and 2nd battalion, 7th Marine Regiment are currently in preparation for deployment with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) scheduled to depart in support of Operation Inherent Resolve later this year.
7th Marines train to support Inherent Resolve
A mortarman with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, establishes the direction of fires for his 60 millimeter mortar team during 1/7’s Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., June 9, 2015. Marines from 1/7 and 2nd battalion, 7th Marine Regiment are currently in preparation for deployment with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) scheduled to depart in support of Operation Inherent Resolve later this year.
A Marine with 1st Marine Division, 7th Marine Regiment participates in stalking training aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 27, 2015. The training was the last event during Division School’s 6-week-long Pre-Scout Sniper Course. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
1/7 Attend Pre-Scout Sniper Course
A Marine with 1st Marine Division, 7th Marine Regiment participates in stalking training aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 27, 2015. The training was the last event during Division School’s 6-week-long Pre-Scout Sniper Course. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
Instructors of Division School’s Pre-Scout Sniper Course search for their students aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 27, 2015. The six students are well camouflaged as they practice stalking. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
1/7 Attend Pre-Scout Sniper Course
Instructors of Division School’s Pre-Scout Sniper Course search for their students aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 27, 2015. The six students are well camouflaged as they practice stalking. (Photo by LCpl. Danielle Rodrigues/Released)
Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment clear a building in a simulated combat town during the culminating event of Division School’s Urban Leaders Course aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 22, 2015. The three-week course is designed to prepare Marines to lead in an urban environment.
1/7 Participates in Urban Leaders Course
Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment clear a building in a simulated combat town during the culminating event of Division School’s Urban Leaders Course aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 22, 2015. The three-week course is designed to prepare Marines to lead in an urban environment.
Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment provide security in a simulated combat town during the culminating event of Division School’s Urban Leaders Course aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 22, 2015. The three-week course is designed to prepare Marines to lead in an urban environment.
1/7 Participates in Urban Leaders Course
Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment provide security in a simulated combat town during the culminating event of Division School’s Urban Leaders Course aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 22, 2015. The three-week course is designed to prepare Marines to lead in an urban environment.
Marines with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, practice rappel techniques during the Helicopter Rope Suspension Techniques course aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 16, 2014. These Marines were educated on tying knots, fast roping and rappelling from towers and helicopters to become HRST masters. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tony Simmons)
2/7 and 2/4 conduct fast-rope training
Marines with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, practice rappel techniques during the Helicopter Rope Suspension Techniques course aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 16, 2014. These Marines were educated on tying knots, fast roping and rappelling from towers and helicopters to become HRST masters. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tony Simmons)
Marines with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, are instructed on fast-roping during the Helicopter Rope Suspension Techniques course aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 16, 2014. This was a 13-day course which began June 11, where the Marines learned how to tie knots, and fast rope and rappel from towers and helicopters. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tony Simmons)
2/4 and 2/7 conduct fast-rope training
Marines with 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, are instructed on fast-roping during the Helicopter Rope Suspension Techniques course aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 16, 2014. This was a 13-day course which began June 11, where the Marines learned how to tie knots, and fast rope and rappel from towers and helicopters. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tony Simmons)
Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, watch as CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters prepare to land before beginning a high value individual raid exercise here, Oct. 8, 2013. The Bravo Co. Marines inserted during night via the helicopters and patrolled to a nearby road where a Marine role playing as a suspected high-ranking insurgent traveled. Once the suspected vehicle arrived, the Marines stopped the travelers, searched and questioned each individual and searched the vehicle for weapons and other forms of intelligence. The battalion is participating in Weapons Training Instructor course before deploying to Afghanistan this spring.
Marines conduct High Value Individual Raid training
Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, watch as CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters prepare to land before beginning a high value individual raid exercise here, Oct. 8, 2013. The Bravo Co. Marines inserted during night via the helicopters and patrolled to a nearby road where a Marine role playing as a suspected high-ranking insurgent traveled. Once the suspected vehicle arrived, the Marines stopped the travelers, searched and questioned each individual and searched the vehicle for weapons and other forms of intelligence. The battalion is participating in Weapons Training Instructor course before deploying to Afghanistan this spring.
Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, sprint toward a vehicle with suspected insurgents during a high value individual raid exercise here, Oct. 8, 2013. The Bravo Co. Marines inserted during night via CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters and patrolled to a nearby road where a Marine role playing as a suspected high-ranking insurgent traveled. Once the suspected vehicle arrived, the Marines stopped the travelers, searched and questioned each individual and searched the vehicle for weapons and other forms of intelligence.
Marines conduct High Value Individual Raid training
Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, sprint toward a vehicle with suspected insurgents during a high value individual raid exercise here, Oct. 8, 2013. The Bravo Co. Marines inserted during night via CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters and patrolled to a nearby road where a Marine role playing as a suspected high-ranking insurgent traveled. Once the suspected vehicle arrived, the Marines stopped the travelers, searched and questioned each individual and searched the vehicle for weapons and other forms of intelligence.
Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, prepare their gear before a high value individual raid exercise here, Oct. 8, 2013. The Bravo Co. Marines inserted during night via CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopters and patrolled to a nearby road where a Marine role playing as a suspected high-ranking insurgent traveled. Once the suspected vehicle arrived, the Marines stopped the travelers, searched and questioned each individual and searched the vehicle for weapons and other forms of intelligence. The battalion is participating in Weapons Training Instructor course before deploying to Afghanistan this spring.
Marines conduct High Value Individual Raid training
Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, prepare their gear before a high value individual raid exercise here, Oct. 8, 2013. The Bravo Co. Marines inserted during night via CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopters and patrolled to a nearby road where a Marine role playing as a suspected high-ranking insurgent traveled. Once the suspected vehicle arrived, the Marines stopped the travelers, searched and questioned each individual and searched the vehicle for weapons and other forms of intelligence. The battalion is participating in Weapons Training Instructor course before deploying to Afghanistan this spring.
Marines with Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, patrol around their vehicles during a training convoy here, Sept. 24, 2013. The Baker Co. Marines drove two Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected All Terrain Vehicles and two armored Humvees to a turnaround point nearly an hour away and then returned to their starting point. The training was designed to be a basic introduction for patrolling with vehicles.
Infantrymen prepare for combat zone convoys
Marines with Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, patrol around their vehicles during a training convoy here, Sept. 24, 2013. The Baker Co. Marines drove two Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected All Terrain Vehicles and two armored Humvees to a turnaround point nearly an hour away and then returned to their starting point. The training was designed to be a basic introduction for patrolling with vehicles.
Lieutenant Col. Vincent Laratta, regimental judge advocate, Regimental Combat Team 7, and a native of Denver, embraces his wife Dione for the first time in approximately 10 months aboard Camp Margarita here, Aug. 7. Family and friends waited for the Marines as they arrived at Camp Pendleton. The servicemembers worked with Afghan forces while deployed to Southwest Afghanistan.
RCT-7 waves farewell to Afghanistan, returns home to hugs, kisses
Lieutenant Col. Vincent Laratta, regimental judge advocate, Regimental Combat Team 7, and a native of Denver, embraces his wife Dione for the first time in approximately 10 months aboard Camp Margarita here, Aug. 7. Family and friends waited for the Marines as they arrived at Camp Pendleton. The servicemembers worked with Afghan forces while deployed to Southwest Afghanistan.
Sergeant Carlos Sanchez, engineer chief, Regimental Combat Team 7, and a native of Little Falls, N.J., embraces his wife Mercedes for the first time in nearly a year aboard Camp Margarita here, Aug. 7. The first main body of RCT-7 personnel returned to family and friends after being deployed approximately 10 months. The servicemembers worked with Afghan forces while deployed to Southwest Afghanistan.
RCT-7 waves farewell to Afghanistan, returns home to hugs, kisses
Sergeant Carlos Sanchez, engineer chief, Regimental Combat Team 7, and a native of Little Falls, N.J., embraces his wife Mercedes for the first time in nearly a year aboard Camp Margarita here, Aug. 7. The first main body of RCT-7 personnel returned to family and friends after being deployed approximately 10 months. The servicemembers worked with Afghan forces while deployed to Southwest Afghanistan.
Col. A. E. "Sparky" Renforth, Regimental Combat Team 7 commanding officer, talks to Marines and coalition forces during the casing of the colors ceremony here, July 31, 2013. "I say all the time, 'It's amazing what you can do when you don't care who gets the credit,'" Renforth said. "That's what our Marines have lived by, and they all know that they made a difference."
Last infantry regiment closes chapter in Helmand
Col. A. E. "Sparky" Renforth, Regimental Combat Team 7 commanding officer, talks to Marines and coalition forces during the casing of the colors ceremony here, July 31, 2013. "I say all the time, 'It's amazing what you can do when you don't care who gets the credit,'" Renforth said. "That's what our Marines have lived by, and they all know that they made a difference."
Sergeant Floyd Fox, a communications technical controller with Regimental Combat Team 7, is responsible for troubleshooting communications networks within RCT-7's area of responsibility. Fox, a 28-year-old native of Taylorsville, N.C., is on his third combat deployment after serving two tours in Iraq. "I am proud to have served in Operation Enduring Freedom and know that I have been an asset to RCT-7 during our time here," Fox said.
Taylorsville, N.C. Marine proud to serve
Sergeant Floyd Fox, a communications technical controller with Regimental Combat Team 7, is responsible for troubleshooting communications networks within RCT-7's area of responsibility. Fox, a 28-year-old native of Taylorsville, N.C., is on his third combat deployment after serving two tours in Iraq. "I am proud to have served in Operation Enduring Freedom and know that I have been an asset to RCT-7 during our time here," Fox said.
Cpl. Nathan A. Waits, 23-year-old native of Cincinnati, and a vehicle commander with 81 mm mortar section, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, explains to Lance Cpl. Daniel Stroia, a gunner with the section, how to improve his accuracy here, July 13, 2013. "The Marines already know what they're supposed to do," said Waits. "So not having to reteach everything allows for us to better refine their skills and get more in-depth."
Marines in Helmand province train to avoid complacency
Cpl. Nathan A. Waits, 23-year-old native of Cincinnati, and a vehicle commander with 81 mm mortar section, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, explains to Lance Cpl. Daniel Stroia, a gunner with the section, how to improve his accuracy here, July 13, 2013. "The Marines already know what they're supposed to do," said Waits. "So not having to reteach everything allows for us to better refine their skills and get more in-depth."
Staff Sgt. Deacon Holton, a native of Chelsea, Mich., and a section leader with 81 mm mortar section, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, reminds the Marines of the importance of upholding the battalion standards during training here, July 13, 2013. "This training gives us the opportunity to reinforce and refine our skill set, which in turn makes us better at doing our jobs," Holton said.
Marines in Helmand province train to avoid complacency
Staff Sgt. Deacon Holton, a native of Chelsea, Mich., and a section leader with 81 mm mortar section, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, reminds the Marines of the importance of upholding the battalion standards during training here, July 13, 2013. "This training gives us the opportunity to reinforce and refine our skill set, which in turn makes us better at doing our jobs," Holton said.
Educational posters are taped to a wall by U.S. Army Soldiers with Georgia Agricultural Development Team 3, Regimental Combat Team 7, conducting veterinary classes for staff members of the directorate of agricultural, irrigation and livestock in Kajaki, Afghanistan, April 24, 2013. The classes included treating parasites, deworming and aiding livestock with birthing problems. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye/Released)
US soldiers improve Afghan farming capabilities
Educational posters are taped to a wall by U.S. Army Soldiers with Georgia Agricultural Development Team 3, Regimental Combat Team 7, conducting veterinary classes for staff members of the directorate of agricultural, irrigation and livestock in Kajaki, Afghanistan, April 24, 2013. The classes included treating parasites, deworming and aiding livestock with birthing problems. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kowshon Ye/Released)
Lance Cpl. Timothy Pierce, 24, from Wallace, N.C., shakes hands with Capt. Todd Richardson, the Echo Company company commander with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, after being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his decisive thinking and quick response to a car accident. "It wasn't a duty," explained Pierce. "It was just decent human nature and the right thing to do."
Marines awarded medals for lifesaving efforts
Lance Cpl. Timothy Pierce, 24, from Wallace, N.C., shakes hands with Capt. Todd Richardson, the Echo Company company commander with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, after being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his decisive thinking and quick response to a car accident. "It wasn't a duty," explained Pierce. "It was just decent human nature and the right thing to do."
Master Gunnery Sgt. Ron Sorrentino, the communications chief with Regimental Combat Team 7, receives an Army Commendation Medal from Col. Barry Beach, the Georgia Agricultural Development Team III commanding officer, RCT-7, here, July 11, 2013. Sorrentino received the award for ensuring the soldiers had the communications equipment and networks to complete their mission throughout Helmand province.  Sorrentino, a native of Chicago, Ill., said he was glad to help the ADT III because they are a part of the regimental team.

Editor's Note: Georgia Agricultural Development Team III provides mentorship and agricultural training to Afghans in northern Helmand province in order to develop and sustain agricultural, irrigation and livestock capabilities.
Marines receive Army medals in Helmand province
Master Gunnery Sgt. Ron Sorrentino, the communications chief with Regimental Combat Team 7, receives an Army Commendation Medal from Col. Barry Beach, the Georgia Agricultural Development Team III commanding officer, RCT-7, here, July 11, 2013. Sorrentino received the award for ensuring the soldiers had the communications equipment and networks to complete their mission throughout Helmand province. Sorrentino, a native of Chicago, Ill., said he was glad to help the ADT III because they are a part of the regimental team. Editor's Note: Georgia Agricultural Development Team III provides mentorship and agricultural training to Afghans in northern Helmand province in order to develop and sustain agricultural, irrigation and livestock capabilities.
Cpl. Luis Martinez, the warehouse noncommissioned officer in charge with Regimental Combat Team 7, traveled throughout the country with the Afghan National Security Forces for eight months as part of a security detachment. Martinez, a 20-year-old native of Phoenix, said he enjoyed seeing the Afghan countryside and learning more about the Afghan culture, but he also loves working within his military occupational specialty of supply. "Whether it's just handing out pens and paper or loaning out thousands of dollars of equipment, supply is highly significant to mission accomplishment," Martinez said. "Even a pair a socks can be a game changer."
Phoenix supply Marine travels with Afghan forces
Cpl. Luis Martinez, the warehouse noncommissioned officer in charge with Regimental Combat Team 7, traveled throughout the country with the Afghan National Security Forces for eight months as part of a security detachment. Martinez, a 20-year-old native of Phoenix, said he enjoyed seeing the Afghan countryside and learning more about the Afghan culture, but he also loves working within his military occupational specialty of supply. "Whether it's just handing out pens and paper or loaning out thousands of dollars of equipment, supply is highly significant to mission accomplishment," Martinez said. "Even a pair a socks can be a game changer."
U.S. Service members participate in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race, part of the world's largest 10K race, on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 4, 2013. The AJC Peachtree Road Race is ran every year on the national birthday. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena/Released)
U.S. service members participate in the AJC Peachtree Road Race to celebrate the 4th of July
U.S. Service members participate in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race, part of the world's largest 10K race, on Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 4, 2013. The AJC Peachtree Road Race is ran every year on the national birthday. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena/Released)
Representatives from each company with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, serve food to the Marines and sailors of "America's Battalion" at a battalion luncheon in the dining facility here, July 4, 2013. "Since I was a kid, my parents always made sure I knew why we celebrated on the Fourth of July," said Lance Cpl. Austin Fuller, a 20-year old native of Louisville, Ky., and a rifleman with 2nd Bn., 8th Marines. "They wanted to instill in me that it was more than just barbeques and fireworks."
'America’s Battalion' celebrates Fourth of July
Representatives from each company with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, serve food to the Marines and sailors of "America's Battalion" at a battalion luncheon in the dining facility here, July 4, 2013. "Since I was a kid, my parents always made sure I knew why we celebrated on the Fourth of July," said Lance Cpl. Austin Fuller, a 20-year old native of Louisville, Ky., and a rifleman with 2nd Bn., 8th Marines. "They wanted to instill in me that it was more than just barbeques and fireworks."
Motor transportation mechanics with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, pose for a section photo here, June 15, 2013. "These guys are my family," said Lance Cpl. Bladmir Burtica, 21, a motor transportation mechanic with 2nd Bn., 8th Marine Regiment and native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. "Some days may be worse than others, but there's never a dull moment with them."
Ready to Roll: Marine mechanics keep vehicles moving
Motor transportation mechanics with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, pose for a section photo here, June 15, 2013. "These guys are my family," said Lance Cpl. Bladmir Burtica, 21, a motor transportation mechanic with 2nd Bn., 8th Marine Regiment and native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. "Some days may be worse than others, but there's never a dull moment with them."
Sgt. Maj. Timothy Rudd, the battalion sergeant major of 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, watches as Sgt. Erik Lueres and Cpl. David Jewell, clerks with Headquarters and Service Company, retire a flag here, June 16, 2013.  "I have flag ceremonies almost every day," said Jewell, from Philadelphia. "But the sergeant major is the first person who has actually come to personally raise his own flag."
Flags for our Fathers
Sgt. Maj. Timothy Rudd, the battalion sergeant major of 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, watches as Sgt. Erik Lueres and Cpl. David Jewell, clerks with Headquarters and Service Company, retire a flag here, June 16, 2013. "I have flag ceremonies almost every day," said Jewell, from Philadelphia. "But the sergeant major is the first person who has actually come to personally raise his own flag."
Pfc. Keith Crowley, 19, from St. Louis, an administrative clerk with Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, asks Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos, and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett a question here, June 19, 2013. "This was my first time meeting and speaking with the commandant," Crowley said. "I was a little nervous at first, but when he gave me his challenge coin all my nerves turned into excitement."
Top Marine leadership visits Dwyer
Pfc. Keith Crowley, 19, from St. Louis, an administrative clerk with Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, asks Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos, and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett a question here, June 19, 2013. "This was my first time meeting and speaking with the commandant," Crowley said. "I was a little nervous at first, but when he gave me his challenge coin all my nerves turned into excitement."
Mission
On order, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines deploys by air to locate, close with, and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver or repel enemy assault by fire and close combat. As directed, conduct Military operation in urban terrain. Be prepared to conduct Military Operations Other Than War in permissive/non-permissive environments.

3rd Battalion 7th Marines Leaders

Lieutenant Colonel Parrish
Commanding Officer 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment
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Sergeant Major Alfredo Franco
Sergeant Major, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines
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