Sergeant Major Borunda and I take pleasure in welcoming you to the Marine Corps' most decorated battalion. Founded just over a hundred years ago, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines has earned and maintains a tremendous reputation for its professionalism and performance throughout its long history. Time and time again, 2d battalion, 5th Marines has found itself wherever the Marine Corps is making history.
Our battalion motto - "Retreat Hell!" - comes from the 1918 battle of Belleau Wood. As the Marines approached the site of what would be one the Marine Corps' most famous battles, retreating allied soldiers told the Marines they must retreat before the German onslaught. Capt Lloyd Williams, at the time a company commander in 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, replied, "Retreat? Hell, we just got here!". Our motto reflects the fighting spirit of the Marines and Sailors who have served in 2/5 ever since, including Guadalcanal, Okinawa, Korea, Hue City, Iraq and Afghanistan.
2d Battalion, 5th Marines is located in Camp San Mateo, Camp Pendleton's northern most area. It is a few miles from San Clemente, numerous beaches, world famous surfing locations and a dizzying array of entertainment options. Taking advantage of these resources is an important element of being a member of the 1st Marine Division. The other element the Division, our Regiment and this battalion are known for is the tough, realistic and aggressive training that makes it the force of choice for employment worldwide. These two things will become the hallmark of your time in 2/5.
You will be put in contact with a sponsor from the company to which you will be assigned. This sponsor, along with your chain of command will assist in your transition to the unit. Additional concerns can be addressed through the Battalion Adjutant, 2nd Lieutenant Robertson (760) 725-7566.
The Family Readiness Officer, Tracy Hardin is another great source of information. In her role, she constantly provides support, resources and activities to our families. She not only serves the married Marines and their families but the single Marines as well. Her number is (760) 763-2774
The following websites are additional resources for moving as well as military life in general;
. Military One Source
. Marine Corps Community Service- Camp Pendleton
. 2nd Battalion 5th Marines Facebook Page
Our goal is to ensure the smoothest possible transition into the battalion and the Marine Corps Operating Forces. As well, we will guarantee that you will be given all the tools to succeed while you serve with the battalion, an opportunity to excel as a Marine and an opportunity to be a part of something incredibly important.
Lieutenant Colonel Jay Lappe Sergeant Major Borunda