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A coyote with the Combat Center’s Tactical Training Exercise Control Group, watches Marines with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 8th Marine Regiment, as they conduct a company-sized attack at Range 401 July 26.

Photo by Cpl. Ali Azimi

Marines attack Range 401

2 Aug 2013 | Lance Cpl. Alejandro Bedoya

Marines and sailors with Company B, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 8th Marine Regiment,  participated in a company-sized attack at the Combat Center’s Range 401, July 26.

The company utilized combined-arms techniques to conquer the obstacles throughout the range.

“This terrain is unique to other training areas,” said Capt. Juan Plascencia, company commander, Co. B, 1/9. “It gave us a chance to deliver an attack on a fortified position. This range was a company battle drill.”

The battalion is based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejuene in Jacksonville, N.C.

“It’s definitely different conditions out here,” said Pfc. Dylan Slater, rifleman, Co. B, 1/9. “It’s different from what we are used to but no matter how you look at it, training is training. It’s going to be tough but we are proud because this is what everyone joins the Corps for.”

The unit was formed during World War I. The battalion was active until the mid-1990s and was then deactivated for the addition of another light-armored reconnaissance battalion.

The battalion was reactivated and attached to the 8th Marine Regiment at MCB Camp Lejeune in late 2005. After one work-up cycle in April 2006, Company A deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Company A returned in October 2006 with no losses. The battalion was officially reactivated in April 2007. They then deployed as a battalion in March 2008.

“We want to refine our skills as a infantry unit,” Plascencia said. “We are looking to make the last adjustments before we deploy to Afghanistan.”

The battalion is preparing to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

They are a wartime unit. They may be activated and deactivated at anytime, if needed.

The Marines and sailors of 1/9 are looking to build on the foundation and tradition created by the ones who served before them. The blood, bravery and gallantry of those men set the standard for the Marines and sailors who serve with 1/9 today.


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