1st Recon Bn. October Update Provided by LtCol. Higgins
CO’s Message: Ladies and gentlemen, in some ways it seems hard to believe but this will be the last update we provide from Iraq and the Marines of 1st Recon Battalion will be home in less than 3 weeks. Our time here often seems drawn out day to day, but in looking back it has really flown by. The most amazing thing is how much things have changed out here in a relatively short 6 months period. When we arrived the kinetic fight with enemy elements was still very much ongoing and the Marines and Sailors of the Battalion represented themselves in stellar fashion all over the battlefield of Iraq. As we turn over our operation to the Marines and Sailors of 2nd Recon Battalion it is a much different fight than the one that we entered into in April. In my recent brief with Col Simcock who is the Commanding Officer of the Regiment that we work for (RCT-6), he stated that Recon has in many ways worked themselves out of a job which is a very good thing indeed. I have said before that we are seen as fire fighters out here that are sent into the hot spots that pop up. At this point in time all the big fires have been put out, and while there are some smoldering areas still remaining, things have really become quiet on the whole. In the big picture what we have done is help set the security conditions so that the Iraqi government and military can take and maintain the lead role in the fight out here. And while we certainly cannot leave Iraq yet, things in Al Anbar Province are significantly improved and clearly on the right track. Hopefully this will allow for more Marines to return home in the months ahead as the Iraqis assume responsibility of the day to day security and governance with Coalition Forces assisting as required. I cannot thank all of you enough for the support and prayers you have provided over the past few months and I look forward to thanking you all in person as the opportunity arises in the weeks ahead.
In Bravo Co.’s World:
In Charlie Co.’s Corner:
Cpl Johnson admiring his handy work while holding 20 lbs of C4.
Standing tall in H&S Co.:
On Camp Fallujah: :
After getting ambushed with water balloons and water guns Chief got the upper hand on his sailors with a hose. Visiting Camp Fallujah two weeks ago Chuck Norris met with Marines shaking hands and taking pictures with all. Last week the 16th SgtMaj. of the Marine Corps, SgtMaj. Kent came to see the Marines here on Camp Fallujah answering any questions Marines had for him. A friendly reminder to all the friends and family from the mail clerk-hold on to mail from this point on because it will not reach us in time before we reach home. “It’s been a pleasure serving all of you, I hope everyone enjoyed the News letters!”