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General Robert Neller, speaks to Marines and Sailors, Oct. 5 at the San Mateo Parade Deck. Photo: Mark Sperling, battalion family readiness officer
General Robert Neller, speaks to Marines and Sailors, Oct. 5 at the San Mateo Parade Deck. Photo: Mark Sperling, battalion family readiness officer

By Lt. Col. Brian Greene (Battalion Commander) and Sgt. Maj. Michael L. Bolyard (Battalion Sgt. Maj.)

Marines, Sailors, families and friends,

Your battalion continues to get stronger and better with each passing week. We have been focusing our efforts on individual- to platoon-level training. Our Marines and Sailors continue to train hard and are ready for any mission we may be asked to do. In September, we promoted over 50 Marines and Sailors to higher ranks and awarded nearly a dozen outstanding Marines or Sailors for their selfless duties. We have welcomed over 50 new Marines or Sailors to the Battalion and have welcomed four new babies into our growing family!

From all the Marines and Sailors, we want to say “thank you” for your sacrifices and deep devotion to our way of life. We can’t do this without your support. Because of you, we are better.

Over the last month, the battalion has been busy training and supporting multi-national exercises. We recently served as exercise control and had Golf Company as the opposing force for Battalion’s Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluations here in Camp Pendleton. We just welcomed home elements from Fox and Headquarters Company from Singapore in support of a bilateral military exercise. Echo Company (reinforced) is in Twentynine Palms in support of Exercise Black Alligator 15 training with British Royal Marines.

Additionally, we continue to be responsible for the San Mateo Area Guard Force as well as the Alert Battalion Task Force—ready to deploy anywhere in the world in support of any contingency. Weapons Company has taken the lead in conducting detailed training for our crew-served weapons, as well as maintaining proficiency and building confidence in our weapons systems. The scout sniper platoon is welcoming new members and is training hard on reconnaissance, surveillance and precision fires. Our Headquarters Company is working hard to maintain readiness for any missions with which we are tasked. Their hard work and dedication keeps the Battalion focused and able to train.

Finally, thank you to all who attended the recent town hall meeting. We look forward to seeing you at future battalion social events. If you would like to see pictures of our training or updates on our battalion, please “like” us on Facebook at

Semper Fidelis.


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