February 26, 2012

1st Recon Bn – Combat Jump in Iraq

Recon Marines from 1st Recon Bn conducted the first combat jump by Recon Marines since the Viet Nam war.  The Recon Marines jumped into Western Iraq  using a HAHO (High Altitude High Opening) parachute insertion. There were 3 parachute inserts conducted by Recon during Viet Nam, so it’s been quite a while since jumping has been used in combat operations. The full run down of the operation is below as reported by Sgt. Nathan K. LaForte of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing on Aug. 10, 2004.

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AL ASAD, Iraq(Aug. 10, 2004) — Six recon pathfinders from 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, recently jumped into the Iraqi night sky and into history from a Marine KC-130 Hercules cargo plane belonging to the joint Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadrons 234 and 352, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

The high altitude high opening jump took place in western Iraq, July 23.


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  • Bill Janson

     @Riceball Guys need to remember that for every operator, there are a ton of support guys making the missions happen. Without that support, SOF wouldn't have the success they have. One team, one fight!

  • Riceball

    Cool article and really blurs the line between Force & Bn Recon for me. Also very interesting to see the DASC involved in this op, never knew the DASC would be involved in these sorts of ops; makes me even prouder now to have been a DASCateer knowing that we've been involved in SpecOps missions, even if it was on the periphery.

  • KineticFury

    Wow. Didn't expect that would happen, esp. in Iraq, but hey, whatever works. Glad to see Arlington Texas represented!!

  • Tango9

    "Besides, it’s just another way to get to work.”   Now that's funny.  Great article.