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  1. 3 points
    I haven't posted any Marine history lessons in a long time. As it's the 245 birthday of the world's finest fighting force, it's a good day to give another lesson. This time it's part history lesson and part book review. As most of you know, I'm an avid reader and reading about Marines and Marine history are my favorite topics. Book: "THE WARRIORS OF ANBAR: THE MARINES WHO CRUSHED AL QAEDA" (the greatest untold story of the Iraq War). This book is about the warriors of 2/3 (2nd Batt, 3rd Marines, 3rd MARDIV), who deployed to Anbar Province and specifically to the Haditha Triad, aka The Triad. The AO including not only the city of Haditha, but also surrounding towns and villages, notably, Barwana, Haqlaniyah and Albu Hyatt. This area is located at the critical point along the Euphrates River corridor between the Syrian border and Iraq cities of Fallujah and Ramadi. Ranked as one of the most vital locations for Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) because it was AQI’s base of operations and lifeline in the war in Iraq. 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 2/3, conducted a relief in place of its sister battalion, 3/3 in late summer, 2006. At that time, AQI, eviscerated from blow after blow in key strongholds like Fallujah and Ramadi, fell back to the Triad, like a cornered, mortally wounded animal. AQI transformed the Triad into a theater for its last desperate gasps for survival when 2/3 arrived to take over the AO from 3/3. AQI blended in among the residential areas and people, knowing the Marines would not hit back with overwhelming force, because they knew the Marines highest priority was the safety of the people. 2/3 was a blooded combat veteran heavy unit having been deployed to Afghanistan the previous year. However, the Triad would become their toughest and most brutal fight in modern warfare. BOOK/quote: “ . . . their actions proved their resolve to the people of the Triad, winning their steadfast allegiance over any obedience coerced by AQI. When moments demanded caution in the face of potential harm or loss of innocent Iraqi life, they kept their trigger fingers straight. When moments demanded action, they struck swiftly and decisively. . . . they acted with utmost fidelity to mission, to the Iraqi people, and to each other, even in the darkest of hours – and each and every member of the battalion experienced some of the bleakest most horrifying of moments during this tour.” At times it was heartbreaking to read this book. Those men of 2/3 took heavy losses, primarily due to IED’s, snipers, mortars, and hit and run tactics. They never faltered; they never slowed down; they showed incredible courage and resolve, even when the enemy activity grew, inflicting death and injury on these Marines and locals. When 2/3 first arrived in this AO they found an odd, dark quasi-ghost town. Stores and schools were closed. Streets were often empty, and nothing really going on. In 2005, 3/25 lost 48 personnel in the Triad, the largest number of lost by a Marine Battalion in the war in Iraq, in all the Global War on Terror, and since the 1983 Beirut bombing. 2/3 pushed on and gradually won over the civilian population in an incredible example of a COIN operation. The people saw how the Marines would do anything, even at the risk of death, to protect and care for them. When intel started trickling in, the Marines began hunting down the Al Qaeda terrorists and their leadership. BOOK/quote: “When we got there, it was hell. There was no law and order. Al Qaeda ruled the place. The people lived in fear. When we left, the place was safer than most cities in the United States. The locals would run out and hug us on the streets. They’d bring food and invite us inside. They started calling us the Angels of Anbar.” BOOK/quote: “One of the things I’m most proud of in my entire life was the transformation of Haditha. When we got there, there was no market. Nobody was out. Women couldn’t be seen in public without being accompanied by a man, and they had to wear all black and cover their face. At the end we couldn’t go twenty five feet down a street without someone pulling us into their store or house and feeding us. Women were free to be out alone, or in groups of other women, and they could dress however they liked. There was color and life. We brought life to a city of death.” BOOK/quote: “The final days leading up to the official, April 3, 2007 turnover of the AO to 1/3, was met with colors and crying locals.” “With the new faces of the 1/3 Marines, the locals realized that those of 2/3 would soon depart. Residents, notably the IP (Iraq Police) and mayor and his staff, swarmed members of 2/3, from the lowest ranks to SgtMaj Wilkinson and LtCol Donnellan, crying. They begged them to stay, not out of fear of loss of protection, but out of the spirit of friendship they’d built over the months of the Marines fighting and dying for their future. The population understood the immense sacrifices 2/3 had made on their behalf.” BOOK/quote: “Twenty three members of the battalion died, and 177 sustained serious wounds.” “History will record, 1/3 as the only Marine battalion to record not a single KIA in the Iraq War.” I recommend this book.
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    Hernandez's Combat Camera

    Some shots from recent OPs
  3. 2 points

    Hernandez's Combat Camera

    Day and night
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    Spencer's Video Thread

    Op Prime Trend. Watch in HD. Like. Subscribe. Comment in YouTube. Note: This is slightly out of order chronologically. This mission actually took place just prior to last weeks video.
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    Spencer's Video Thread

    Operation Prime Trend. Thanks for the entertainment Coake. I liked it. Back to HD quality.
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    Application View Application Status Lakota Segovia Submitted 10/23/2020 03:32 AM Name Lakota Segovia Email chyna2090@gmail.com Timezone America/Denver Country United States Additional Application Fields Have you served in a realism unit? No Desired Duty Assignment 0372 Critical Skills Operator (CSO) Why are you applying to join 4th MRB? Been looking for a good milsim that's fun and serious that works good together How did you find out about the 4th MRB? YouTube I found the 4th main channel watched a couple videos and followed the link Confirm you understand the 4th MRB is an immersion-orientated, role-playing realism unit? Yes Steam ID https://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198311348920/ Discord ID GOON#0576 ArmA III Player ID 7656119831148920 Age 18
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    Spencer's Video Thread

    Op Prime Trend. Watch, subscribe, like and comment.
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    Mr. Graham, Application accepted. Within the next hour, you will receive permission for your training pipeline. Check the PHASE III sub-board for the next available scheduled Warrant Officer Candidate Training. Please report here, and an instructor will contact you within 24 hours to schedule with you. In Summary: Step 1. Welcome aboard. You will receive permissions soon. Step 2. Report in for WOCC Training. Thank you, and once again, welcome aboard Private. Respectfully Submitted, SSgt Stone Recruiting Office Detachment Personnel
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    Application View Application Status Philip Graham Submitted 11/14/2020 03:44 AM Name Philip Graham Email usssaracen@gmail.com Timezone UTC Country United States Additional Application Fields Have you served in a realism unit? Yes If so detail which unit, time in service, rank, billet 2011, 75th Rangers, Aviation task force CO/S3 operations CENTCOM - 2012 to 2014 Unit Commander Desired Duty Assignment 09W Warrant Officer Candidate, Aviator Why are you applying to join 4th MRB? I'm looking for a serious group that actually utilizes proper processes and procedures How did you find out about the 4th MRB? Youtube Confirm you understand the 4th MRB is an immersion-orientated, role-playing realism unit? Yes Steam ID76561198069509806 Discord ID pgraham#1024 ArmA III Player ID 76561198069509806 Age 37
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    Spencer's Video Thread

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU BUNCH OF NUTS. Five years of hilarity, bad frags, flying off buildings, flying into high tension wires, getting lost, and general mayhem. You guys are a crazy and wonderful bunch. It's been so much fun.
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    Mr. Segovia, Application accepted. Within the next hour, you will receive the necessary forum permissions to access the training pipeline. Please visit the PHASE II: School of Infantry Forum and report in for SOI. An Instructor will contact you within 24 Hours to schedule your training sessions. You may also post in the unit's Discord server, #training-request channel, to make contact with an instructor. Also, please familiarize yourself with the Training Program Time Limitations policy. The deadline to complete School of Infantry (SOI) is 30NOV20. The deadline to complete Marine Special Operator School (MSOS) is 31JAN21. In Summary: 1. Welcome aboard. You will receive permissions soon. 2. Report in for School of Infantry (SOI). 3. Read and understand the Training Program Time Limitation Policy. Thank you and once again, welcome aboard Private. Respectfully Submitted, SSgt Richter Recruiting Office Detachment Personnel
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    Segovia was interviewed this date by Spencer, assisted by Crowley, Kline. Segovia just bought Arma 3 this summer and has not been part of any Arma 3 unit of any type. He lives in Mountain TZ (El Paso, TX). He understands this is an immersion oriented unit. His preferred assignment is CSO. He is available during our operation and training times. Segovia was informed of the time limits to complete training. After consultation, Segovia was accepted to the unit and will be starting his training in SOI as Pvt Segova, as soon as he is processed in.
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    Spencer's Video Thread

    Op Prime Trend.
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    Spencer's Video Thread

    Part 2 of first operational mission of Operation Prime Trend. (I almost wrote Prime Beef). Again, this mission we had server issues so you'll see the movements appear somewhat choppy.
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    Hernandez's Combat Camera

    Narcos season 5
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    Hernandez's Combat Camera

    This one is pretty much a story board of the op that took place on 10/13/20. I should add that in these pictures are a combination of Element 2 and 8410's HQ
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    Mr. Stack, Application accepted. Within the next hour, you will receive permission for your training pipeline. Check the PHASE II sub-board for the next available scheduled Infantry Training Battalion (ITB) Training. Please report here, and an instructor will contact you within 24 hours to schedule with you. In Summary: Step 1. Welcome aboard. You will receive permissions soon. Step 2. Report in for Basic Training. Thank you, and once again, welcome aboard Private. Respectfully Submitted, SSgt Stone Recruiting Office Detachment Personnel
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    Mr. Olsen, Welcome to the 4th MRB Realism Unit! You have been processed in as a Hospitalman 3rd Class due to your prior service. Please report to the PERSCOM Operations Center and Field Medical Training Battalion forum at your earliest convenience. You have been assigned to Field Medical Training Battalion. Please familiarize yourself with the Training Program Time Limitations policy. Respectfully Submitted, SSgt Richter Recruiting Office Detachment Personnel
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    Mr. Sabbagha, Welcome to the 4th MRB Realism Unit! You have been processed in as a Sergeant due to your prior service. Please report to the Phase III: Individual Training Course forum at your earliest convenience. You have been assigned to Marine Special Operations School (MSOS) Please familiarize yourself with the Training Program Time Limitations policy. Respectfully Submitted, SSgt Richter Recruiting Office Detachment Personnel
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    Spencer's Video Thread

    EXPLANATION; I kept looking at this latest video and it didn't look right to me. This morning, I started looking at it closer and discovered even though I produced it at HD level, and Youtube processed it for HD, it's NOT HD. As of this morning, I completed a major upgrade of my computer which included cloning my "C" drive and upgrading to a much larger "C" drive (SSD NVMe). I'll give you the long story if you ask, but for now, let me just say, videos I'm producing from now on should be back at my normal high quality.
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