The primary mission of the infantry battalion is to locate, close with, and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver or to repel his assault by fire and close combat.
This page is dedicated in memory of our Fallen Marines who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation in either Afghanistan or Iraq.
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LT James Holliday
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3rd Battalion, 1st Marines Command Religious Program (CRP)
Lieutenant James Holliday is a native of Zebulon, North Carolina. He was enlisted from 1996-2000, serving as a Radioman/Information Systems Technician aboard USS Nassau (LHA-4) fulfilling his enlistment as a Second Class Petty Officer. In 2009, he completed his baccalaureate degree at The College of Southeastern. He received his Masters of Divinity in Christian Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, in 2012. He is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and endorsed by Liberty Baptist Fellowship.
Prior to being commissioned as a U.S. Navy Chaplain, Chaplain Holliday served as a Police Telecommunicator (2001-2006), Student Ministry Pastor at Central Baptist Church in Wendell, NC (2006-2011), Student Ministry Pastor at Potomac Crest Baptist Church in Dumfries, VA (2011-2013), Family Life Pastor at Crievewood Baptist Church in Nashville, TN (2013-2014) and as Lead Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC (2015-2018), where he was commissioned as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps.
Chaplain Holliday previously served as Staff Chaplain at the U.S. Naval Submarine School in Groton, CT from June 2020-July 2021. He also served as Deputy Command Chaplain of Submarine Base New London from August 2018-June 2020. He is currently serving as the Battalion Chaplain of 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment of the 1st Marine Division in Camp Pendleton, CA.
Chaplain Holliday’s personal awards include the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 3rd Award, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon with 2nd Award, Navy Marine Corps Unit Commendation Medal, Navy “E” Ribbon with 2nd Award, Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and Navy Rifleman Ribbon.
Camp Pendleton Religious Services
Marriage/Personal Enrichment Retreats (CREDO)
Chaplain Care Website
3rd Battalion 1st Marines Chaplain page
Deployment Readiness Coordinator
Phone #: (760) 763-0536
Cell #: (760) 468-0468
Welcome to 3d Battalion, 1st Marines and to the Brahma Family!
My name is Lora Garcia, and I am the Deployment Readiness Coordinator (DRC) for 3/1. Our military families are the most resilient of families and can adapt and overcome the many challenges this lifestyle can throw at us. I am here to ensure you are prepared for these challenges in the most supported way:
Please do not hesitate to ask me questions; it is part of my job to answer them. If you are a member of our Brahma Family and are NOT receiving emails from me, please let me know. I also want to encourage you to get involved! This is YOUR 3/1 Family so seize this opportunity to build a vibrant community and support our Marines and Sailors here with 3/1!
You can do this by:
I welcome any ideas/feedback/information you may have so please call, text, email, or stop by any time. I have an open-door policy so please do not hesitate to reach out.
“Welcome to the BRAHMA FAMILY”
3/1 Deployment Readiness Useful Links
Deployment Readiness Policy
BATTALION OFFICER OF THE DAY
(After Business Hours*)
Comm: (760) 763-0531
FAX: (760) 763-0551
**Business hours are 0730 - 1630, Monday - Friday
*After business hours are 1630 - 0730, Monday - Friday
to include all day Saturdays, Sundays, & Holidays
BATTALION S-1 ADMINISTRATION SECTION
(During Business Hours**)
Comm: (760) 763-0554
Cell #: (707)-416-6307
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DEPLOYMENT READINESS COORDINATOR:
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A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Lieutenant Colonel (LtCol) Lambert enlisted in the Marine Corps on 3 June 1991 from Houston, Texas. His formal military education includes The Basic School, Infantry Officers Course, Basic Reconnaissance Course, Marine Combatant Dive School, Military Free Fall...
Douglas E. Gardner enlisted in the Marine Corps in August of 2000 and completed recruit training at MCRD San Diego, CA in September of 2001. Following recruit training, Private Gardner reported to Marine Combat Training Battalion (Bn), School of Infantry (SOI) West, Camp Pendleton, CA. Upon...