1st Recon Bn. August Update Provided by LtCol. Higgins
Greetings friends and family as we continue on the downward slope to the end of the deployment. Still a ways to go til we get back to California, but it’s nice to keep turning the pages of the calendar. Here at Camp Fallujah everything continues to go very well for 1st Recon Battalion and the Marines and Sailors are keeping busy supporting operations all over Al Anbar province. As the news media has mentioned of late, there are continuing positive signs of change here in Al Anbar province and the local Iraqi’s for the most part in our operating area seem to be supporting the Coalition and turning against Al Qaida. It really has been an amazing change since our arrival in April and while their continue to be pockets of resistance within the zone, overall the focus of effort in this zone has switched from offensive operations targeting the enemy to building the Iraqi security forces and Civil Affairs projects. Hopefully the momentum in our zone will continue to build and have a positive impact on things in Baghdad as well. As always I thank you all for your continued support and prayers and I look forward to seeing you all soon.
In Bravo Co.’s World:
In Charlie Co.’s Corner:
In the month of July the mercury continued to rise and we have had
consistent temperatures in the 120-130 degree range and the Marines
continue to work and live in these conditions without complaint. We
have instituted a new diet program here in the company (The Iraqi Diet
Plan) all of the Marines are on it and have lost a considerable amount
of weight to include our intrepid Communications Chief, SSgt Evans or
as we affectionately call him Vinny, who since arriving has been unable
to maintain his work-out regime and has lost about 30lbs. Some how though
I don’t think this very effective diet will catch on with or socially
conscious and upwardly mobile types; it’s a simple plain when you break
Step one: Throw on 50 to 75 pounds of body armor, weapons, water and ammunition.
Step two: Walk, run and ride several miles daily.
Step three: Eat one tasty MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) (try the vegetarian meal it’s the best!) per day with multiple bottles of 120 degree water.
If you follow these three easy steps in no time you will be fit slim and ready to hit the clubs.
On a serious note I would like to take the time to thank the Marines
from throughout the Battalion who have been supporting Company C in
our efforts. We have attached 65 Marines and Sailors from Headquarters
and Service Company (H&S) as well as numerous other units such as
the Tank Company from Camp Fallujah with their beautiful M1A1s’; CLB-6
who keep us well supplied and come to assist us whenever our vehicles
break down, and of course we will be forever thankful for the Marines
from the Explosive Ordinance Disposal detachment. However, the persons
whom I really want to focus on are the Marines of H&S Company. We
could not do the things we do here without these unsung hero’s of the
battalion. In the last month the 65 Marines and Sailor that have attached
to our company have repeatedly gone above and beyond what is considered
their normal duties. These Marines have risen to every challenge offered
and answered in kind.
SSgt Evans (AKA Vinny) enjoying a little R&R
Standing tall in H&S Co.:
I would like to add a special note to a couple of my good friends, GySgt “Big Davey” Lind (BDL) and Master Sergeant Larry “Buck” Doyle. BDL is pictured (below bottom) at the Marine Memorial in D.C. I saw your platoon recently and they are doing great. Stay motivated and keep up all of the hard work during your recovery process. Buck, congrats on your promotion to Master Sergeant (below right). I am happy to see your recovering well. Take care, we are all thinking of you and can’t wait to see you in October.
Sailor of the issue: