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1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment

CURRENT Mission: 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, recently deployed to Helmand province, Afghanistan. Their mission is to partner with the Afghan National Security Forces and conduct counterinsurgency operations in Garmsir, focusing on protecting the population, defeating the insurgents, and developing the ANSF and government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, in order to set the condition for stabilization, and transition to the host nation government and security.


Staff Sgt. Claude Watson, platoon sergeant, 2nd Platoon, Company A, covered more than 200 meters during a company-sized life fire and maneuver exercise.

Higher Unit while deployed:Regimental Combat Team 1

Activated: May 1, 1942, at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C.

Location: Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii

Commanding officer: Lt. Col. Sean M. Riordan

Executive officer: Maj. John W. Black

Sergeant major: Sgt. Maj. Dwight D. Jones


Contributions to the Global War on Terrorism


October 2004 – March 2005
Significant contributions to Operation Phantom Fury. Fought in the Second Battle of Fallujah.

January – May 2006

Conducted operations in Afghanistan. Removed enemy’s sanctuary in Korengal Valley, Afghanistan during Operation Mountain Lion, preparing the area for permanent Afghanistan government presence.

March – October 2007

Deployed to Haditha, Al Anbar province, Iraq. The first Marine Corps battalion to come home with zero Marines killed in action since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

September 2008 – April 2009

Deployed to Karmah, Al Anbar province, Iraq.

November 2009 – June 2010

Deployed to the Nawa District of the Helmand province, Afghanistan, for Operation Moshtarak. The offensive has been touted as the largest in Afghanistan since 2001 and ended the rule of the Taliban and drug traffickers in Marjah.


The Lava Dogs deployed to southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Honors include

Presidential Unit Citation Streamer with two bronze star devices, Navy Unit Commendation Streamer with four bronze star devices, Meritorious Unit Commendation Streamer with one bronze star device, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Streamer with four bronze star devices, World War II Victory Streamer, Navy Occupation Service Streamer with Asia, National Defense Service Streamer with two bronze star devices, Korean Service Streamer, Vietnam Service Streamer with two silver star devices, Southwest Asia Service Streamer with two bronze star devices, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Streamer, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.


Unit Insignia Motto




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4 Responses

  1. Lois Lang says:

    Thank you troops for all the hard and risky time you have served for me and my family.
    To honor your country and protect takes great courage and heart within. Thanks again,
    especial to 2d CEB .

  2. Lois Lang says:

    Hooray to ALL the troops who protect this country and still let OLD GLORY FLY!!
    I thank you for risking your life for mine. You are greatly appreciated in more ways
    than you could ever know for your support. Love from your SEMPER FI  supporters.

  3. Grannyboo4 says:

    We dont want to thank them until we need them!!!! Wake up AMERICA!!!!!

  4. Constance Collier says:

    Thank you to all the troops who risk their lives every day so that we may live our lives in freedom ! SEMPER FI !!