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1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment

"Whatever it takes"

1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
U.S. military working dog Nero, with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, poses for a photo during a Ground Interoperability Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 27, 2020. The focus of the course is executing partial and full mission profiles of land-based, specialized, limited-scale raids that prepare the 15th MEU All-Domain Reconnaissance Detachment and enablers for more complex maritime operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Stegall)
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to ascend a flight of stairs during a Ground Interoperability Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 27, 2020. The focus of the course is executing partial and full mission profiles of land-based, specialized, limited-scale raids that prepare the 15th MEU All-Domain Reconnaissance Detachment and enablers for more complex maritime operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Stega
U.S. Marines with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit wait to board a UH-1Y Venom during a Ground Interoperability Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 28, 2020. The course is an early step in training Marines from various specialties such as Law Enforcement, Air Naval Gunfire Liaison and Explosive Ordnance Disposal to work with the All-Domain Reconnaissance Detachment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Stegall)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Saede Mahabub, a squad leader with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares to fast-rope from a rappel tower during a Ground Interoperability Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 28, 2020. The course is an early step in training Marines from various specialties such as Law Enforcement, Air Naval Gunfire Liaison and Explosive Ordnance Disposal to work with the All-Domain Reconnaissance Detachment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Stegall)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Tyrell Bluto, a military working dog handler, and military working dog Nero, both with 1st Law Enforcement Battalion, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fast-rope out of a UH-1Y Venom during a Ground Interoperability Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 28, 2020. The course is an early step in training Marines from various specialties such as Law Enforcement, Air Naval Gunfire Liaison and Explosive Ordnance Disposal to work with the All-Domain Reconnaissance Detachment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Stegall)
U.S. Marines with All-Domain Reconnaissance Detachment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to fast-rope out of a UH-1Y Venom on to a close compartment rooftop during a Ground Interoperability Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 28, 2020. The focus of the course is executing partial and full mission profiles of land-based, specialized and limited-scale raids that prepare the 15th MEU ADR Det. and enablers for more complex maritime operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Stegall)
A U.S. Marine with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares to fast-rope from a rappel tower during a Ground Interoperability Course at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 28, 2020. The course is an early step in training Marines from various specialties such as Law Enforcement, Air Naval Gunfire Liaison and Explosive Ordnance Disposal to work with the All-Domain Reconnaissance Detachment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Stegall)
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fire their service rifles during a Raid Leaders Course combat marksmanship range at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 22, 2020. Marines focused on raid tactics, techniques and procedures applicable to raid operations in order to enhance their combat readiness while also maintaining COVID-19 mitigation measures. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Logan Voight, a squad leader with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, poses for a portrait during a Raid Leaders Course combat marksmanship range at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 22, 2020. Marines focused on raid tactics, techniques and procedures applicable to raid operations in order to enhance their combat readiness while also maintaining COVID-19 mitigation measures. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Steven Weightman, a section leader with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, participates in a Raid Leaders Course combat marksmanship range at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, April 22, 2020. Marines focused on raid tactics, techniques and procedures applicable to raid operations in order to enhance their combat readiness while also maintaining COVID-19 mitigation measures. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brendan Mullin)
A Sniper from Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), conducts a live-fire shoot during Integrated Training Exercise, Twenty-Nine Palms, California, Jan. 30,2020.
A Royal Thai Marine and a U.S. Marine of Combat Engineer Platoon, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Regiment, run back to an assault amphibious vehicle during Exercise Cobra Gold 2019 at Ban Chan Krem, Kingdown of Thailand, Feb. 19,2019. Combat Engineer Platoon worked hand in hand with the Royal Thai Marine Corps Combat Engineers to execute a live fire Bangalore breach in support of the Final Exercise. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew J.Bragg)
The U.S. Marines of Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), conducts an 81mm mortar firing exercise at Integrated Training Exercise, Twenty-Nine Palms, California, Jan. 30,2020.
A Corporal from Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Regiment, conducts a memorial service for a veteran at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California, Oct. 10, 2020. 1st Battalion, 4th Marines regularly participate in volunteer activities strengthening the bond between the USMC and the local community.
The U.S. Marines of Battery E, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct direct fire at Rodriguez Live Fire Complex (RLFC), Republic of Korea. Three Gun Crews competed, engaging in a target (a 10x40 ft CONEX box) at 1500 meters.
1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), conducts a battalion hike at Camp Pendleton on Dec. 20,2019.
A Private First Class from Company B, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), throws a M69 practice hand grenade during a live fire exercise at Integrated Training Exercise, Twenty-Nine Palms, California on Jan. 30,2020.
Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducts an amphibious landing by small boat at Dadi Beach, Naval Base Guam, the same landing area that 1st Battalion, 4th Marines landing at during the liberation of Guam in World War II. Company A was tasked with being the Small Boat Raid Company of the 31st MEU during their deployment, and sent Marines to several weeks of rigorous instruction at Expeditionary Warfare Training Group –Pacific, in Coronado, California, to learn the skills needed to carry out this mission. Marines from Company A became highly skilled Small Boat Coxswains, Small Boat and Engine Mechanics, Scout Swimmers and Maritime Navigators, helping the Company become a successful clandestine small boat raid force during deployment.
A Marine from Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), fires a Light Anti-Armor Weapon (LAW) during a live fire exercise at Integrated Training Exercise, Twenty-Nine Palms, California on Jan. 30, 2020.
A Lance Corporal of 2nd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines conducts a cliff rappel while conducting training at Jungle Warfare Training Center, Okinawa Japan, April 102019.
A Marine from Bravo Company stands watch along the Southwest Border. 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein) deployed to the United States Southwest Border in support of Customs and Border Patrol. Aug. 21, 2019.
The U.S. Marines of Company B, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducting ship to shore movement from USS Green Bay (LPD-20) to White Beach, Okinawa, Japan for a mechanized raid during Amphibious Integration Training (AIT), Jan. 28, 2019. AIT is conducted in preparation for Certification Exercise, and to ensure readiness for crisis response throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacificregion.
The U.S. Marines of Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), execute live-fire squad attacks at Range 108 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center TwentyninePalms, California, Mar. 22nd, 2018. Range 108 is a squad fire and maneuver range that was used as Company A’s culminating squad event of Talon Exercise 2-18. Talon Exercise is a Service Level Training Exercise held twice annually with an infantry battalion training in conjunction with Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 both at TwentyninePalms and at Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona.
Company A, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducts an amphibious landing by small boat at DadiBeach, Naval Base Guam, the same landing area that 1st Battalion, 4th Marines landing at during the liberation of Guam in World War II. Company A was tasked with being the Small Boat Raid Company of the 31st MEU during their deployment, and sent Marines to several weeks of rigorous instruction at Expeditionary Warfare Training Group –Pacific, in Coronado, California, to learn the skills needed to carry out this mission. Marines from Company A became highly skilled Small Boat Coxswains, Small Boat and Engine Mechanics, Scout Swimmers and Maritime Navigators, helping the Company become a successful clandestine small boat raid force during deployment.
The U.S. Marines of Battery E, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct Non-Lethal Weapons rehearsals prior to executing Embassy Reinforcement during MEU Exercise 19.1. Their focus was on improving techniques to conduct riot control and prevent unlawful entry into the embassy.
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Juan Rodriguez, a Rifleman with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, waits inside of an Amphibious Assault Vehicle during exercise Iron Fist 2018, Jan. 26. Iron Fist is a five-week-long exercise focusing on advanced marksmanship, amphibious reconnaissance, fire and maneuver assaults, staff planning, logistical support, medical knowledge sharing, fire support operations, including mortars, artillery and close air support, and amphibious landing operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo)
CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI (Jan. 10, 2014) – U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Patrick Hilty, staff noncommissioned officer-in-charge of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, discusses the properties of an improvised explosive device (IED) made from a pressure cooker during counter IED training at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Jan. 10, 2014. Approximately 50 Marines assigned to Charlie Company, 13th MEU completed counter IED training, which covered a wide variety of techniques to defeat enemy IEDs. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Orr/Released)
CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI (Jan. 10, 2014) – U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Patrick Hilty, staff noncommissioned officer-in-charge of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, explains how a projectile can be used as an improvised explosive device (IED) during counter IED training at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Jan. 10, 2014. Approximately 50 Marines assigned to Charlie Company, 13th MEU completed counter IED training, which covered a wide variety of techniques to defeat enemy IEDs. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Orr/Released)
CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI (Jan. 10, 2014) – U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Patrick Hilty, staff noncommissioned officer-in-charge of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, draws out a diagram in the sand to better demonstrate measures to counter improvised explosive devices (IED) during training at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Jan. 10, 2014. Approximately 50 Marines assigned to Charlie Company, 13th MEU completed counter IED training, which covered a wide variety of techniques to defeat enemy IEDs. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Orr/Released)
CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI (Jan. 10, 2014) – U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jordan Torcello, an explosive ordnance team leader assigned to Explosive Ordnance Detachment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, teaches Marines from Charlie Company, 13th MEU, the properties of a directional fragmentation charge during counter improvised explosive device (IED) training at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Jan. 10, 2014. Approximately 50 Marines assigned to Charlie Company, 13th MEU completed counter IED training, which covered a wide variety of techniques to defeat enemy IEDs. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Orr/Released)
CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI (Jan. 10, 2014) – U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Miguel Vazquez, an explosive ordnance technician assigned to Explosive Ordnance Detachment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, uncovers a buried improvised explosive device (IED) during counter IED training at Camp Lemonnier, Jan. 10, 2014. Approximately 50 Marines assigned to Charlie Company, 13th MEU completed counter I ED training, which covered a wide variety of techniques to defeat enemy IEDs. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Orr/Released)
U.S. Marines with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit congratulate Cpl. Thomas Jackson, corporals course honor grad, during 13th MEU's first corporals course graduation ceremony aboard the USS Boxer (LHD 4) Oct. 19, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Jennifer Pirante/RELEASED)
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, practice live-fire maneuvers aboard the USS Boxer (LHD 4) Oct. 16, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Jennifer Pirante/RELEASED)
Sgt. James Devito, a section leader with Headquarters Platoon, Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Modesto, Calif., native, explains the M224-A4 lightweight 60 mm Mortar System during a media visit to USS Harpers Ferry in Goa, India, Sept. 30, 2013. The purpose of the exercise was to enhance U.S.-India military-to-military relations, hone individual and small-unit skills and exchange knowledge. Marines and Sailors with 13th MEU will deploy for several months in support of theater requirements of Geographic Combatant Commanders. (Official .U.S Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher O'Quin/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 17, 2013) Marines with Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) Platoon, Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), perform pre-operation checks on their AAV's during preparation for debarking the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), Oct. 17, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher O'Quin/Released)
ARABIAN GULF (Oct. 18, 2013) Marines with Combat Cargo and Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) load a logistics vehicle system replacement onto Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1648 in preparation for sustainment training in Kuwait, Oct. 18, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher O'Quin/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Cody Beck, right, a rifleman with Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit receives the "Gung Ho" award during the graduation ceremony for Corporals' course aboard the flight deck of the USS New Orleans (LPD 18) Oct. 19, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4 (BLT), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct fast rope training aboard USS Boxer (LHD 4) Oct. 27, 2013. 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lonzo-Grei D. Thornton, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
Lance Cpl. Adam M. Blasquez, an Amphibious Assault Vehicle Driver with AAV Platoon, Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), from Issaquah, Wash., guides an AAV-P7 into a maintenance bay at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher O'Quin/Released)
DJIBOUTI, AFRICA (Oct.30, 2013) - A Marine with Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion 4th Marines, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit fires a 120MM Rifled Tower Mortar during a month long sustainment training exercise Oct. 30, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (USMC photo by SSgt. Matt. Orr/Released)
CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT (Nov. 1, 2013)A U.S. Marine with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit stands watch at a post aboard Camp Buehring, Kuwait Nov. 1, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT (Nov. 1, 2013) A U.S. Marine with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducts a radio check aboard Camp Buehring, Kuwait Nov. 1, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
DJIBOUTI, AFRICA (Nov. 2, 2013) – A Marine from 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit climbs up a natural rock gorge during a day of sustainment training in assault climbing Nov. 2, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (USMC photo by SSgt. Matt. Orr/Released)
CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT (Nov. 3, 2013) – U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Christopher Steele, Executive Officer of Battalion Landing Team 1/4, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit gives a speech to his Marines aboard Camp Buehring, Kuwait Nov. 3, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4,13th Marine Expeditionary Unit participate in fast rope training in the hangar bay aboard USS New Orleans (LPD 18) Oct. 21, 2013. The 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David Gonzalez, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
GULF OF ADEN (Oct. 31, 2013) - U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 1/4 (BLT), 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conduct physical training alongside the British Marines with Juliet Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines aboard the HMS Illustrious Oct. 31, 2013. 13th MEU is deployed with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lonzo-Grei D. Thornton, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Combat Camera/Released)
The U.S. Marines of Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, stand in formation following range 410 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 1, 2012. Range 410 is a platoon fire and maneuver exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps First Sgt. Steven Ellison, Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, reads a promotion warrant during Exercise Steel Knight aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 1, 2012. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marines with weapons company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, take a break while waiting to depart during Exercise Steel Knight on Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 29, 2012. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
A lance corporal awaiting word during Exercise Steel Knight on Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 27, 2012. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
One of the many scenes during Exercise Steel Knight on Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 27, 2012. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
A convoy of Humvees sit ready to depart during Exercise Steel Knight on Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 27, 2012. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
1st Battalion 4th Marines Alpha Company’s guidons posted during Exercise Steel Knight on Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 29, 2012. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released) 1st Battalion, 4th Marines — at Marine Corps Base, 29 Palms, CA.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Emmanuel Velayo, chief scout with scout sniper team 1, scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, cycles the bolt on his M40A5 Sniper Rifle during range 401 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012. Range 401 is a company maneuver and fire exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
A mortar team with 4th platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, provides 60mm mortar support during range 410 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 1, 2012. Range 410 is a platoon fire and maneuver exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kyle Janssen, assistant team leader with scout sniper team 1, scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines , 5th Marine Regiment, fires his XM107 Sniper Rifle during range 401 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012. Range 401 is a company maneuver and fire exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
Ordnance being prepared during Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kyle Janssen, assistant team leader with scout sniper team 1, scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines , 5th Marine Regiment, fires his XM107 Sniper Rifle during range 401 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012. Range 401 is a company maneuver and fire exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Richard Rosales, a rifleman with 2nd platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, fires his M-16A4 Assault Rifle during range 410 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 1, 2012. Range 410 is a platoon fire and maneuver exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Ben Downing, assistant radio operator with scout sniper team 1, scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines , 5th Marine Regiment, uses a spotting scope to determine shot distances during range 401 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012. Range 401 is a company maneuver and fire exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kyle Janssen, assistant team leader with scout sniper team 1, scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines , 5th Marine Regiment, fires his XM107 Sniper Rifle during range 401 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012. Range 401 is a company maneuver and fire exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Emmanuel Velayo, chief scout with scout sniper team 1, scout sniper platoon, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Regiment, fires his M40A5 Sniper Rifle during range 401 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012. Range 401 is a company maneuver and fire exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Maki, an automatic rifelman with 2nd platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, provides supporting fire during range 410 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 1, 2012. Range 410 is a platoon fire and maneuver exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Richmond, platoon sergeant, 1st platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 5th Marine Regiment, listens to the safety briefing for range 410 during Exercise Steel Knight on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Nov. 30, 2012. Range 410 is a platoon fire and maneuver exercise held as part of Exercise Steel Knight. Exercise Steel Knight is an annual training exercise held to demonstrate the 1st Marine Division's abilities in a simulated combat scenario. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jonathan R. Waldman/Released)

1st Battalion, 4th Marines was originally activated in April 1911 and first saw combat action in November of 1916, in the Dominican Republic. In 1924, the battalion returned to its home base in San Diego, CA. From February 1927 to November 1941, the battalion was forward deployed for service in China. This service earned the battalion the title “China Marines”, and started the practice of integrating the Chinese dragon into the unit crest. In November 1941, the battalion redeployed from China to the Philippines. During World War II, its Marines and Sailors served in support of combat operations on Corregidor, Guadalcanal, Guam, and Okinawa. In the spring of 1965 the battalion deployed once again, for service in support of combat operations in South Vietnam. From 1965 to 1969, the battalion engaged in numerous conventional and counter-insurgency operations. These operations included, Operation Prairie, Operation Prairie III, Operation Prairie IV, Operation Beacon Hill, Operation Desoto, Operation Deckhouse, Operation Kentucky, Operation Purple Martin and Operation Napoleon Saline II. In 1977, the battalion moved to Twentynine Palms, CA and remained there until 1988. In January of 1989, the battalion was directed to move to Camp Pendleton, for service with the 1st Marine Regiment. In August 1990, the battalion deployed aboard ship to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. In the following decade, it executed numerous deployments at sea, conducting operations in places such as Southwest Asia, Eritrea, Kenya, and Somalia. From 2003 to 2009, the battalion executed numerous tours of duty in Iraq, executing combat operations in Nasiriyah, Al Kut, Bagdad, Najaf, Al Qaim, and Fallujah. Over the past four years, it has deployed in support of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and is currently serving as the Ground Combat Element in support of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.




Age of Warriors: Steel Knight:
1st Marine Division visits the Combat Center to continue Steel Knight, it's largest annual combined arms and live-fire training exercise. Soundbites from 1st Lt. Jake Crockett. Produced by Lance Cpl. Lauren A. Kurkimilis. Also available in high definition.