Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Alpha 3rd LAR on Operation Scimitar training

 Company A, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion on 1st Marine Division’s annual Desert Scimitar training exercise  conducted a route reconnaissance mission from check point 47 at the Lava training area to check point 38 at the Delta training area, May 3, Their mission role-to  determine enemy presence  and the route’s availability for  other Marine units.

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. USMC photo Cpl Ali Azimi

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Monday, May 13, 2013

29 Stumps War Pig News

Light Armored RECON: 3rd LAR conducts route reconnaissance mission
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Marines with Company A, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion took part in 1st Marine Division's annual Desert Scimitar training exercise when they ...
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Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalions are mobilized units that conduct reconnaissance missions ahead of battalion landing teams or infantry forces.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

War Pig "seat glitch" Kills- BOLO

Documents: LAV seat glitch caused Marine's Afghanistan death
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After Cagle's accident, 21 other Marines with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, out of Camp Lejeune, NC, told investigators they had seen LAV ...

Probe Finds Combat Vehicle Malfunction Killed Marine
21 other Marines with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, out of Camp Lejeune, NC, told investigators they had seen LAV seats rise quickly and ...

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

 Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, team up with Assault Craft Unit 5, a Navy unit based out of Camp Pendleton, CA, for an amphibious landing. The Marines learned how to tie down their light armored vehicles onto ACU-5's landing craft air cushion, a hovercraft class vehicle, in process known as "griping." Marines loaded their company of LAVs onto the LACs in the predawn hours and landed on Camp Pendleton's Red Beach at sunrise. Produced by Lance Cpl. Corey Dabney. 
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Friday, May 03, 2013

First LAR-On America's Six

 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion practice loading and unloading light armored vehicles from C-17 Globemaster cargo planes during a training exercise April 24. Includes soundbites from Staff Sgt. Case Unfried from Tehachapi, Calif. and 1st Lt. Andrew Klawier from Louisville, Ky
Video-Cpl. Joseph Scanlan

Corporal Michael P. Toomey, Rifleman, 2/5 Bronze Star w/Combat V

Corporal Michael P. Toomey,  2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, receives congratulations from a fellow Marine after receiving the Bronze Star Medal with a Combat V during a ceremony here, April 18, 2013. Toomey, a native of San Francisco, was recognized for heroic actions on May 8, 2012, while deployed to Musa Qal'ah district, Helmand province, Afghanistan. Toomey led a fire team of Marines in a hasty ambush against an insurgent machine gun team firing from a  tree line. During the assault, Toomey shot an enemy fighter and threw a grenade at their position, causing the remaining insurgents to run from the Marines for the rest of the operation.
Photo-Sgt. Jacob Harrer

Alpha Two LAR on amphibious training

DVIDS-MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -  Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, trained with sailors of Assault Craft Unit 5 in preparation for an amphibious landing exercise here, April 30.

The training enabled the Marines and sailors to hone their skills in an effort to stay mobile and versatile during amphibious operations.

“When we hit the beach it’s got to be quick. When those doors drop, we have to hit the beach as fast as we can, that’s what Marines do,” said Staff Sgt. Andrew Jennings, a light armored vehicle commander with 1st LAR and Los Angeles native.

As the initial day of training came to a close, the Marines of 1st LAR had mastered the art of griping, a method of securing their LAVs to the Landing Craft Air Cushion.

"It’s not difficult working with the Marines," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Earhart a loadmaster instructor with ACU-5 and native of Fremont, Ohio. “The Marines are hardcore and motivated, and the sailors here are the same way."

The approximately 87 foot LCAC has the capability to transport 65 tons of military cargo, vehicles and personnel from ship to shore. The LCAC, which is a hovercraft, has the capability to maneuver on land as well as on water.

"You need the training because of safety and efficiency," said Chief Petty Officer Brian Rey, a craftmaster with ACU-5 and native of Ridgecrest, Calif., while commenting on the ability to transport Marine units. “The more we do training exercises here, the more we become more efficient in real life scenarios. The Marines need to know that LCACs are there to help and support them. The Marine out there on point needs to know that if needed, we can have LAVs, tanks or troops out to support quickly.”

Before the sun had risen on the morning of April 30, an LCAC approached the beach. The Navy beachmaster gave the signal to the LCAC pilots to come ashore and offload Marines with 1st LAR. Once grounded, the Marines secured the perimeter of the landing site and pushed out to the trails of Red Beach. Within moments, the LCACs pulled back into the ocean and headed toward the horizon to bring more Marines and their LAVs to shore.

“First Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion really has the capabilities to keep the Marine Corps at large in touch with its roots,” said Sgt. Corey Collison a native of Kennewick, Wash., and an LAV-AT (anti-tank variant) vehicle commander serving with 1st LAR. “Exercises like this are how we make sure to always perform and to hold on to our abilities to be amphibious.”

Transporting Marines and supplies from ship to shore is an important role for LCACs and LAVs during both combat and humanitarian efforts. The Marine Corps, with units still deployed in Afghanistan, is continuing to build its humanitarian capabilities throughout the world. These amphibious vehicles are another tool the Marines use in those efforts.

“It does not matter where we are in the world, the Marines have to be effective regardless of clime,” said Jennings. "Whenever you have a company of LAVs, you get the firepower and force. The LAV has multiple variations. From the bushmaster wielding LAV-25, to the LAV Anti-tank capable of mobile (Tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided) missile launch, we can recon, assault and secure the area."

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

1st and 3rd LAR @ the OCRegister & Hi-Desert Star

Marines, sailors team on sea-to-land training
Collinson, 21, an anti-tank light armored vehicle commander and part of the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, was among more than 100 Marines and ...
Month of the military child
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1st Lt. Eric J. Wilmott, assistant operations officer, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, sits with his 2-year-old daughter, Kayla, during the 3rd ..

Alpha Company First LAR

Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalioncoming out of a landing craft air cushion in a mobility exercise Camp Pendleton, April 29, 2013. Landing craft air cushions  carry up to 65 tons over 70 miles between land and sea. The Marines learn the basics of loading and unloading war pigs from  hovercraft for upcoming deployments. USMC photo Cpl. Robert J. Reeves