Friday, March 22, 2013

Will Cole, 1stLAR, remembers 10 years ago

A Marine remembers his time in Iraq
Washington Post
I remember picking up our light-armored vehicles from Port Doha in Kuwait ... catch up to our command unit, the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.

Washington Post

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sgt. Michael Timmons 3rd LAR-Rick Leventhal film/Interview

 10 Anniversary Of American Led Iraq Invasion
Fox 2 KFXV

"When marines with the 3rd light armored reconnaissance battalion fired the very first shots on the ground in march 2003, destroying an Iraqi guard post. It was Sgt. Michael Timmons who climbed the pole and snagged the colors."

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Matthew Fisher. Canadian Embed 3rd LAR, " My ride into Iraq with Bravo company’s Black 6 "

With  Lt.-Col. Stacy Clardy,   Capt. Cesar Rodriguez, Gunnery Sgt. Joe Simpson, and Lance Cpl. Mark Cattabay:

A baptism of fire National Post

 "As the only Canadian journalist embedded with a combat unit for Operation Iraqi Freedom, very early that morning I was with the U.S. Marine Corps 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, a few hundred metres south of the Iraqi border in Kuwait. Once combat engineers breached Iraqi border defences, the battalion, known as the Wolfpack, was to be “the tip of the tip of the spear,” launching with great speed across the Line of Departure and pushing north as quickly as possible."

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Cameron Wink, Corpsman, 1st LAR, Ten Years later

Cameron Wink corpsman accompanied the Marines’ 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, the first unit across the border on March 20, 2003, in its push north. Baghdad fell on April 9, ending Saddam Hussein’s reign.

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Sgt. Ryan Accornero, Bravo 2LAR, Top Gun Qual's

Sgt. Ryan Accornero, Bravo 2LAR Gun qualification aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 14, 2013. 
Accornero’s crew shot the best of four teams competing. 
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lance Cpl. Benjamin Nalls,Navy and Marine Corps Medal W/Combat V

Lance Cpl. Benjamin Nalls, fire team leader with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion awarded the Navy and Marine Corps medal by Major General Ronald Bailey, commanding general  1st Marine Division.
 Nalls received the medal for saving the life of Sgt. Erick Gutierrez, a squad leader with 1st LAR, during a patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Nalls fell into a nine-foot-deep, 15-foot-wide canal, and was being treated for hypothermia when he heard that Gutierrez had also fallen in the canal. He immediately jumped back into the frigid water and dragged Gutierrez to the riverbank, saving his life.

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Staff Sgt. Jay Baldino, Delta Co., 4th LAR,Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/Combat V

Maj. Charles O'Neill, inspector instructor, Delta Co., 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance, congratulates Staff Sgt. Jay Baldino, training chief, Delta Co., 4th LAR, during Baldino's promotion ceremony at Camp Upshur on March 8, 2013. SSgt. Baldino  received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V for heroic achievement as  section leader with the 2D Marine Division,  April to Oct. 2011/Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Antwaun L. Jefferson