Skip to comments.3rd Recon returns from Iraq (Heroes Come Home)
Posted on 10/26/2005 5:13:27 PM PDT by SandRat
CAMP SCHWAB, OKINAWA, Japan (Oct. 25, 2005) -- Family and friends gathered to welcome more than 100 service members home from Iraq in the early morning Oct. 18.
The Marines and sailors of 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, returned to Camp Schwab after completing an eight month tour of duty in the Al Anbar province of Iraq.
The 3rd Reconnaissance Bn. Key Volunteers coordinated the welcome home party with signs and banners for the returning Marines.
We had all the families come out and make signs and decorate the Marines homes, barracks and offices with signs and balloons, said Kim Matvey, the Key Volunteer coordinator for 3rd Reconnaissance Bn. Were here to support the Marines and their families.
Friends and family members not only woke up early to meet the battalion, but some traveled thousands of miles to welcome the service members home.
Im so excited and nervous, said Vanessa Brown, looking over her shoulder for her husbands bus. I flew in from Carson City, Nevada, with my son and my mother. Were all so happy there coming home tired, but happy.
The deployment was not only an excellent opportunity to see the world, but also a chance for the service members to get to know each other.
This deployment was a great chance for us to do what we were trained to do, said Cpl. Johnathan Guccione, a reconnaissance man with 3rd Reconnaissance Bn. We became a tight knit community. You learn to trust the Marines around you.
The battalion deployed from Camp Schwab to Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 19 to participate in pre-deployment training. While at Twentynine Palms the unit participated in the Combined Arms Exercise, an exercise in the utilization of supporting arms and close air support.
The unit then continued to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., where they trained in security and stability operations, Military Operations in Urban Terrain, convoy operations and close quarter battles.
On March 16, the unit deployed to Iraq where they conducted security and stability operations. The service members of 3rd Reconnaissance Bn. participated in a variety of duties while on deployment, according to 1st Lt. Duncan Woodard, the 1st platoon commander, B Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Bn.
The unit participated in mounted and dismounted patrols, Woodard said. They practiced area targeting, (also known as) getting to know an area and its residents, and participated in counter (improvised explosive device) and counter indirect fire operations.
In addition, 3rd Reconnaissance Bn. participated in weapons cache detections and was essential in locating numerous caches, according to Woodard. They were also part of planning and securing polling sites for the Iraqs constitutional referendum.
On Oct. 5, 3rd Reconnaissance Bn. was replaced by 1st Reconnaissance Bn., 1st Marine Division.
Take these before going there.
Great Pictures..WELCOME HOME!
They put 3d Recon over on Camp Schwabb?!? Schwabb is the worst base on Oki - farthest away from civilization in the northern training area - I wonder what happened to Recon's original base on the other side of Okinawa. (forgot the name)
Welcome (almost) home Marines!
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