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Official Name

USMC Force Reconnaissance
Force Recon Marines

Branch

United States Marine Corps United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military. ...

Command Structure

1st Force Recon Co., DRP Co. 3rd Recon Btn.: MARFORPAC; MEF I, III; MEU(SOC) 11, 13, 15, 31


2nd, 3rd Force Recon Co.: MARFORLANT, MEF II; MEU(SOC) 22, 24, 26


4th Force Recon Co.: MARFORRES, Reserves

Description

MEU(SOC) Deep Recon Capability, Special Operations Capability

Readiness

Any shore in the world within six (4) hours of first notice.

Specializations

Deep Reconnaissance, Long Range Patrols, GOPLATS, VBSS, TRAP, Hostage rescue.

Motto

Semper Fidelis
Always Faithful

Units

1st Force Reconnaissance Co.:

Camp Pendleton, California

2nd Force Reconnaissance Co.:
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Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

3rd Force Reconnaissance Co.:
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4th Force Reconnaissance Co.:
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Honolulu, Hawaii

3rd Recon Btn. DRP Co.:
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Date of Creation
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1954

Purpose of Creation

To supplement Fleet Marine Force with Deep Reconnaissance ability. Later assumed Direct Action roles.

If you were looking for information pertaining to Marine Recon Battalions. 'Force Recon,' as discussed here, is a different unit. Marine Reconnaissance Battalions in the U.S. Marine Corps, often called Recon Marines, exist to provide information about the enemy to higher command. ...


United States Marine Corps (USMC) Force Reconnaissance (Force Recon) units are special-purposes units roughly analogous to the Navy SEALs, Air Force Air Commandos, or U.S. Army Special Forces and are widely recognized as the "special forces" of the Marine Corps. Marine Force Recon personnel, or 'operators,' perform highly specialized, small scale, high-risk operations, such as: United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military. ... SEALs in from the water. ... Air Force Air Commandos are commandos of the United States Air Force under the Air Force Special Operations Command or AFSOC, a branch of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). ... This article is about the U.S. Special Operations Force. ... Special forces or special operations forces are relatively small military units raised and trained for special operations missions such as Special Reconnaissance (SR), Unconventional Warfare (UW), Direct Action (DA), Terrorism (T), Counter-Terrorism (CT), and Foreign Internal Defense (FID). ...

  • Amphibious and deep ground surveillance.
  • Assist in specialized technical missions such as Weapons of mass destruction(NBC), Radio, sensors and beacons, etc.
  • Assist in ordnance delivery (i.e., designating targets for laser-guided bombs, ground artillery and naval artillery).
  • Conduct 'limited scale raids,' such as gas and oil platform (GOPLATS) raids and the capture of specific personnel or sensitive materials.
  • Hostage/Prisoner of war rescue.

Unlike the other special purpose units listed above, Force Reconnaissance units are not a part of the United States Special Operations Command, although some Force Recon Marines have been assigned to a special unit, 'MCSOCOM Detachment One', in an attempt to start integration with USSOCOM). Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) generally include nuclear, biological, chemical and, increasingly, radiological weapons. ... A laser-guided bomb (LGB) is a free-fall bomb, usually dropped from an aircraft, that is guided to its target by a laser designator The laser is directed at the target, illuminating it. ... Historically, artillery refers to any engine used for the discharge of projectiles during war. ... An oil platform is a large structure used to house workers and machinery needed to drill and then produce oil and natural gas in the ocean. ... A hostage is a person (sometimes another entity) which is held by a captor in order to compel another party to act, or refrain from acting, in a particular way. ... Geneva Convention definition A prisoner of war (POW) is a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. ... Emblem of the United States Special Operations Command. ... MCSOCOM Detachment One Marine Corps Detachment One, United States Special Operations Command, or MCSOCOM Detachment One (DET1), is the USMCs contribution to USSOCOM. It is an eighty-six man unit, 81 Marines and 5 Navy corpsmen, commanded by Col. ... Emblem of the United States Special Operations Command. ...

Contents


History

Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance was first conceived in 1954, at Marine Base Camp Pendleton, outside of San Diego, California, when an experimental recon team was formed. Three years later, that team merged with an existing amphibious reconnaissance company to form the 1st Force Reconnaissance Company. The precursor of Force Recon was from World War II, the Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion commanded by Captain James L. Jones. 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is near Oceanside, California. ... City nickname: Americas Finest City Official website: http://www. ... World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrination, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atomic bomb. ...


In 1958, half the Marines in 1st Force were removed from the Company and hauled over to the Eastern seaboard, forming the 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company. 1st Force supplemented Fleet Marine Force Pacific (FMFPac), while 2nd, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic (FMFLant). 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Force Reconnaissance received their baptism by fire during the Vietnam War, arriving first in 1965 and staying for five years. Forty-four Marines of 1st Force were killed or missing in action through the course of the war. The Vietnam War or Second Indochina War was a conflict between the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRVN, or North Vietnam), allied with the National Liberation Front (NLF, or Viet Cong) against the Republic of Vietnam (RVN, or South Vietnam), and its allies — notably the United States military in support of... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ...


After US withdrawal from Vietnam, 1st Force and 3rd Force were both deactivated in 1974, and the existing Force Marines were rolled into the non-Force 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion in order to maintain Marine Corps deep recon capabilities. However, the roll-in was never completed to a satisfactory condition, and 1st Force Reconnaissance was reactivated as an individual unit in 1986, and was later deployed in the Gulf War. 1974 (MCMLXXIV) is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... C Company, 1st Battalion, The Staffordshire Regiment, 1st UK Armoured Division The 1991 Gulf War was a conflict between Iraq and a coalition force of approximately 30 nations mandated by the United Nations and led by the United States. ...


Many Force Recon Companies are in existence today, and have been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.


Organization

Force Reconnaissance Companies are deployed within a type of larger Marine Corps units called a Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) or MEU(SOC). MEU(SOC)s are deployed onboard Amphibious Ready Groups, a group of United States Navy ships. This group is usually centered around an amphibious assault helicopter carrier (designations for these ships range between LHA, LPH, LHD). There may be as many as three of these groups, with their attendant MEU(SOC)s, deployed around the world at any given time. The mobility and continual rotation of these formations is integral to current Marine Corps operating procedure, which sets a stated goal of being able to field a MEU(SOC) on any shore around the world within six hours of an order being given. The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... LHA is the US Navy hull classification symbol for general purpose amphibious assault ships of the Tarawa class. ... LPH is the US Navy hull classification symbol for helicopter landing platform amphibious ships of the Iwo Jima class. ... LHD is the US Navy hull classification symbol for multipurpose amphibious assault ships of the Wasp class. ...


There are currently seven MEU(SOC)s in the Corps. In MEF I WestPac, there are three MEUs: the 11th, 13th and 15th. They responsible for the Middle-East and the Persian Gulf region. In MEF II MedFloat, there are also three MEUs: the 22nd, 24th and 26th. They focus on countries around the Mediterranean Sea. The last MEF, MEF III, has only one MEU(SOC), based in Okinawa, Japan: the 31st MEU. Map of the Persian Gulf. ... Satellite image The Mediterranean Sea is a part of the Atlantic Ocean almost completely enclosed by land, on the north by Europe, on the south by Africa, and on the east by Asia. ...


As of 2004, there are currently four active Marine Force Reconnaissance companies: 1st Force Reconnaissance, based at Camp Pendleton, CA; 2nd Force Reconnaissance, based at Camp Lejeune, NC; 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company, based in Mobile, AL and 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, based in Honolulu, HI. 5th Force Reconnaissance was folded into non-Force 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion as Deep Reconnaissance Company, and is based with 31st MEU(SOC) at Okinawa. 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The structure of a Force reconnaissance Company is more similar to that of an infantry battalion than a standard company. The command element includes the Commanding Officer or CO (normally a Lieutenant Colonel), Executive Officer or XO (normally a Major), a Sergeant Major and the S1 (Administrative), S2 (Intelligence), S3 (Operations), S4 (Logistics) and S6 (Communications) officers. The bulk of the Company is divided into six platoons, under a Platoon Commander (Captain) and a Platoon NCO (Sergeant, Staff Sergeant or higher). One of the three platoons is a scout/sniper unit retained from the MEU's Battalion Landing Team. Force Recon units also include U.S. Navy Corpsmen as integrated combat medical personnel, and, like corpsmen in all Marine Corps units, these corpsmen receive the exact same training as the members of the units they support. Symbol of the Austrian 14th Armoured Battalion in NATO code In military terminology, a battalion consists of two to six companies typically commanded by a lieutenant colonel. ... // US Army In the United States military, infantry companies are usually made up of three rifle platoons and a heavy weapons platoon; tank companies are usually made up of three tank platoons and a command element. ... In the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps, a lieutenant colonel is a commissioned officer superior to a major and inferior to a colonel. ... Major is a military rank. ... This article is about a military rank and position. ... Platoon is a term from military science. ... Captain is both a nautical term and a military rank. ... NCO may mean: a numerically-controlled oscillator in electronics a non-commissioned officer in the military   This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... This article is about the rank of sergeant. ... United States Military Staff Sergeant insignia (U.S. Air Force) Staff Sergeant is the fifth enlisted rank in the U.S. Air Force, just above Senior Airman and below Technical Sergeant. ... Hospital Corpsmen (HMs) are members of the United States Navy Hospital Corps. ...


Tools of the Trade

General Equipment

Though much of the basic equipment Force Marines use are also standard issue for other branches of the armed service, they do utilize a variety of equipment not in use by comparable Army or Navy units (partly due to the relatively low amount of funding Force Recon, and in fact, all of the USMC, receives when compared to the Army and Navy). Some unique weapons and equipment include: United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is the second smallest of the five branches of the United States armed forces, with 170,000 active and 40,000 reserve Marines as of 2002. ...


The Full Spectrum Battle Equipment Amphibious Assault Vest, Quick-Release (FSBE AAV QR)

A lightweight assault vest system that incorporates protection (in the form of soft armor coupled with hard ballistic inserts) with cargo retention capabilities (in the form of various pouches and pockets attached via U.S. standard MOLLE stitching). The entire FSBE kit includes the vest body, a throat protector, a groin protector and an assortment of load bearing pouches. A fully loaded vest with armor plates can prove quite heavy, and is only used in high-risk DA (direct action) missions. This vest is unique in its quick release system, where the Marine can ditch the entire vest very quickly in case of emergency. This quick release (ditch) feature (now also used on newer modular plate carriers such as the Paraclete Releasable Assault Vest) was developed in response to a December 9, 1999 CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter crash over the Pacific, where several members of 5th Platoon, 1st Force Reconnaissance Company drowned because they could not eject their heavy armor in time to swim away freely. Only one Marine was able to successfully ditch his equipment and survive. The FSBE vests are manufactured by Point Blank Armor (US), but Recon operators purchase additional modular load bearing pouches from a number of manufacturers. The FSBE II suite of equipment manufactured by Eagle Industries is currently replacing the FSBE AAVs. The FSBE series replaced the older Close Quarters Battle Equipment Assault Vest (CQBE AV) that had been used by Force Recon since 1996. This kit is available to civilians, with prices for the FSBE vest body starting at $500 USD. This price does not include load bearing pouches or hard ballistic armor inserts. December 9 is the 343rd day (344th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) is a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The CH-46D Sea Knight helicopter is a medium lift assault helicopter, used by the United States Navy for shipboard delivery of cargo and personnel. ...


The Modular Integrated Communications Helmet (MICH)

A lightweight ballistic helmet that incorporates excellent ballistic protection with the ability to interface with most tactical communications headsets and microphones utilized by high-speed units, replacing the bulky standard issue PASGT "K-pot." This helmet is now in use with other highly-mobile units such as the Army 75th Ranger Regiment and various Special Forces operators, and is available in three design varieties. This helmet manufactured by MSA Gallet (France). This helmet is also available to civilian consumers for around $450 USD per helmet. Two versions of the MICH, the 2000 and 2002 models are preferred, the difference being that the 2002 has earlobes that extend about half the distance than the 2000-series MICH earlobes. In the United States Military, PASGT (pronounced pass-get) is the abbreviation for Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops. ... US soldiers wearing the PASGT helmet The Personal Armor System Ground Troops Helmet (PASGT, pronounced Pass-get) and also known as the Fritz helmet after its resemblance to the German Stahlhelm is a Kevlar helmet issued as standard infantry combat wear in the US Military. ... Official force name 75th Ranger Regiment Rangers Other names Airborne Rangers Army Rangers U.S. Army Rangers Branch U.S. Army Chain of Command USASOC Description Special Operations Force, rapidly deployable light infantry force. ...


The MEU(SOC) Pistol

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Marine using a MEU(SOC) .45 in Iraq

Seeing the limits of the standard issue M9 9mm pistol (considered by many to be too large to hold comfortably and lacking in stopping power), Force Recon uses a modified and improved M1911A1 .45 pistol, originally introduced late in the Philippine-American War and only replaced by the 9mm M9 due to logistic concerns (the US had a quality .45 pistol, but the rest of NATO used 9mm ammunition). The pistol is constructed by highly skilled gunsmiths at the Precision Weapons Section at Quantico, Virginia, and are made from original service M1911 frames dating back to the 1940s. MEU(SOC) pistols use a variety of parts from different high-end manufacturers (they are all hand-built and maintained; no two MEU(SOC) .45s are exactly the same) and are some of the most reliable pistols in the world. When a pistol malfunctions due to wear and is irreparable without special equipment or parts (though this occurs, it occurs rarely: even though Marines put many rounds through their pistols, they also clean and maintain them on a very regular basis), the pistol is sent back to Quantico for repairs. Repairs include changing slides and various parts, but the frames are never changed, as the U.S. government no longer produces them (many of the frames have gone through hundreds of thousands of rounds). Most U.S. Special Forces Operators also prefer the M1911 as their sidearm. The MEU(SOC) pistol will be replaced by the commercially-produced Improved MEU(SOC) pistol. The Interim Close Quarters Battle (ICQB) pistol produced by Kimber for MCSOCOM Detachment One is not a replacement for the MEU(SOC) pistol. Marine holding MEU(SOC) M1911 . ... Marine holding MEU(SOC) M1911 . ... The Beretta 92SB-F, Beretta 92FS, Beretta 92G, and Beretta 92FS Inox are semi-automatic, locked-breech delayed recoil operated, double/single action pistols, chambred for the 9 mm Parabellum cartridge, designed and manufactured by Beretta. ... The M1911 is a single action, semi-automatic handgun, chambered for the . ... The Philippine-American War was a war between the armed forces of the United States and the Philippines from 1899 through 1913. ... The NATO flag NATO 2002 Summit in Prague The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), sometimes called North Atlantic Alliance, Atlantic Alliance or the Western Alliance, is an international organisation for defence collaboration established in 1949, in support of the North Atlantic Treaty signed in Washington, D.C., on April 4... Quantico, Virginia is in Prince William County, 23 miles north-northeast of Fredericksburg, Virginia, near Dumfries and Stafford along Highway 619. ... MCSOCOM Detachment One Marine Corps Detachment One, United States Special Operations Command, or MCSOCOM Detachment One (DET1), is the USMCs contribution to USSOCOM. It is an eighty-six man unit, 81 Marines and 5 Navy corpsmen, commanded by Col. ...


Interim Fast Attack Vehicle (IFAV)

These are deployed and used by Force Recon. Force Recon used to operate a fleet of Chenowith Fast Attack Vehicles (FAV), popularized by the Navy SEALs as the 'black dune buggy.' However, this vehicle lacked cargo capacity and firepower, so Force Recon moved to a militarized Mercedes-Benz G-Class (Geländewagen) 290 GDT diesel 4x4, a much more traditional 'Jeep' type truck. The IFAV is considered "an alternative to walking," though it has numerous defensive weapons, including a Mk 19 automatic 40mm grenade launcher. This vehicle is manufactured by MAGNA STEYR (Austria) for Mercedes-Benz (Germany). SEALs in from the water. ... Dune buggy A dune buggy is a recreational vehicle having big wheels and tires designed for use on sand dunes or beaches, especially a light vehicle with a modified engine mounted on an open chassis. ... Mercedes-Benz G-Class (G 500 V8) DaimlerChrysler offers a series of sport utility vehicles to the public under the Mercedes-Benz brand as G-Class. ... You may be looking for Jeep CJ, Jeep Wrangler and Willys MB. Jeep is an automobile marque (and registered trademark) of DaimlerChrysler. ... A grenade launcher is weapon that fires or launches a grenade to longer distances than a soldier could throw by hand. ... This page is about the Mercedes-Benz brand of automobiles and trucks from the DaimlerChrysler automobile manufacturer. ...


Other Gear

Along with these unique pieces of equipment, the Marines also use more common weapons, such as the M4A1 Close Quarters Battle Weapon (CQBW), the M203 grenade launcher, individual parts of the SOPMOD M4 kit, the M40 sniper rifle and the Marine-specific M14 Designated Marksmen Rifle (DMR), along with the M82A3 SASR .50 anti-material weapon. Machine guns include the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), the M240 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) and the M2HB .50 heavy machine gun. Caliber: 5. ... M203 generally refers to the U.S. Militarys designation for a single shot 40 mm grenade launcher that attaches to the M16 assault rifle or the M4 Carbine. ... Caliber: 7. ... For other uses of M14, see M14 (disambiguation). ... The Barrett M82A1 is a heavy sniper rifle currently used by many units and armies around the world, including the American Special Forces. ... For the religious order known as the Minimi (Minims, Order of the Minims), see Minim (religious order). ... The M240 is a 7. ... This article is about the . ...


Mission-Specific Details and Gear

Here are some common mission gear setups for Force Recon Marines.


Greenside Operations

'Greenside Operations' are operations that are not intended to include direct contact with opposing forces. This encompasses the bulk of traditional Force Reconnaissance missions, usually "deep" reconnaissance patrols where the six-man recon teams are usually too far ahead of the main force to expect artillery support or quick helicopter extractions. In these situations, Force Recon Marines will rely on stealth, evasion and training and not firepower to accomplish their mission. Generally, an operator's kit would include:

  • A 'boonie' hat, more recognizable to the general public as a fishing-style hat in camouflage pattern.
  • Camoflague Utility Uniforms, Marines are now issued the new 'MARPAT' Marine Pattern utility uniforms with a 'digital' or pixelized camouflage pattern.
  • A load bearing vest (LBV), a vest with many pouches for carrying ammunition and supplies. This could either be the current standard issue second generation US Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment (MOLLE) Fighting Load Carrier vest (FLC) or the late 1980s to early 1990s US Integrated Individual Fighting System (IIFS) non-modular load bearing vest (LBV-88) (the latter of which is actually more popular, since the current issue MOLLE is considered not durable enough for prolonged use by many Marines), or an operator-bought 3rd-party LBV.
  • A rucksack, a large backpack for carrying items that need not be often accessed. Many Marines have publically voiced a preference for the seventies-era All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment (ALICE) packs over the unreliable modern MOLLE packs, but individual operators may buy 3rd-party packs which surpass both aforementioned government issue products in durability.
  • Rations, toiletries, fuel, water, ammunition, etc.
  • Primary weapon depends on the Marine's role in the squad. It can range from carbines (M4) to rifles (M16, M14) to squad automatics (M249 SAW).
  • A sidearm may be carried, but usually not in a tactical thigh-mounted configuration.
  • Boots.

Armor (bullet resistant vests such as FSBE vests and ballistic helmets) is usually not worn on greenside operations as they are too bulky, trap heat, and generate noise upon movement. Force Recon operators shown wearing armor and helmets in photos when apparently on greenside operations are actually in training, where the armor and helmet are a safety requirement. Anolis caroliensis showing blending camouflage and counter-shading. ... The MOLLE II system in US Tricolor Desert camouflage pattern. ... The 1980s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1980 and 1989. ... The 1990s refers to the years 1990 to 1999; the last decade of the 20th Century, but in an economical sense The Nineties is often considered to span from the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 to the September 11 attacks in 2001. ... The MOLLE II system in US Tricolor Desert camouflage pattern. ... The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ...


Direct Action Operations

Direct Action (DA) or "blackside" operations are operations involving a high probability of direct contact with opposing forces, and can include Tactical Recovery of Aircraft Personnel (TRAP), Gas/Oil Platform (GOPLAT) raids, Vessel/Board/Search/Seizures (VBSS) and other missions involving close quarter battle. The unit may also include special operators as the mission requires, such as explosive ordnance disposal personnel, electronic warfare specialists or others, and the unit may be inserted into the mission area by a variety of means via land, air (parachute drop or helicopter), or an amphibious method. A common operational kit includes:

  • The MICH Helmet and a hands-free communications headset (Usually a TELEX Stinger 700) and tactical goggles. A NOMEX balaclava (a hood with a large opening for the eyes). NOMEX is a fire-retardant fabric developed post-Korean War for use by aircraft pilots that has since been found useful for many other applications.
  • NOMEX Flightsuits and NOMEX aviator's gloves. These are usually sage-green in color, but there appears to be a khaki version as well for desert operations.
  • FSBE vest with attached pouches for magazines, grenades, flashbangs, breaching charges, gas masks, medical supplies and communications equipment. Ballistic insert plates are used in this case.
  • High-tensile nylon pistol belt or rigger's belt with suspenders, used to attached more pouches or drop-leg devices. This may be worn like a traditional belt (mostly rigger's belts) to keep their trousers, or as a second belt, specifically for equipment.
  • A thigh-mounted tactical holster (usually a Safariland 6004 holster) with the MEU(SOC) .45 sidearm, at times with an underframe flashlight installed. This sidearm is usually attached to the operator's belt via a retention lanyard.
  • Another drop-belt thigh setup on the leg opposite the operator's handedness, either with a 'dump' pouch, for easily stowing spent magazines, or additional ammunition and munitions pouches.
  • Tactical kneepads and elbow pads, for protection and operator comfort as he moves into various firing positions.
  • Boots, or specialized hiking shoes (seen in Iraq).
  • The primary weapon for Force Recon is the M4A1 Close Quarters Battle Weapon (CQBW), which replaced the Heckler & Koch 9mm MP5 in 1998. M4s can be found configured with a variety of reflex sights and attachments for quicker target acquisition.

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Photos

A Force Recon operator in CQB gear. Using an M4 carbine with RAS and wearing both MICH and FSBE. 'Telephone Cord' lanyard can be see on right side, assumingly attached to a MEU(SOC) .45 holstered on the right thigh. Large green pack on his back is a CamelBak hydration reservoir and tube.
A Force Recon operator in CQB gear. Using an M4 carbine with RAS and wearing both MICH and FSBE. 'Telephone Cord' lanyard can be see on right side, assumingly attached to a MEU(SOC) .45 holstered on the right thigh. Large green pack on his back is a CamelBak hydration reservoir and tube.
Two Force Recon Marines laying prone. Both are outfitted for Greenside operations, and both are utilizing the CamelBak MULE Hydration Carrier/Backpack. Both Marines are using similar weapons: 14.5" barrel A2 carbines outfitted with M203 grenade launchers. Man in foreground also seems to have a SureFire Turbohead-type weaponlight mounted on his weapon's A-Frame front sight at the one o'clock position.
Two Force Recon Marines laying prone. Both are outfitted for Greenside operations, and both are utilizing the CamelBak MULE Hydration Carrier/Backpack. Both Marines are using similar weapons: 14.5" barrel A2 carbines outfitted with M203 grenade launchers. Man in foreground also seems to have a SureFire Turbohead-type weaponlight mounted on his weapon's A-Frame front sight at the one o'clock position.

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