Battalion Commander Speech 1st Light Armoured Reconnaissance Battalion 26th Oct 2010
“U.S. Marines from 1st Light Armoured Reconnaissance Battalion (1st LAR) listen to their Battalion Commander aboard Combat Outpost Payne, Afghanistan October 26, 2010. 1st LAR is deployed in support of the international Security Assistance Force. (U.S. Marine Motion Imagery by Cpl Logan Riddle).
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A substantial raid was conducted on Baghram Cha, a border town and chief logistical hub for Taliban activity in late October 2010, named Operation Steel Dawn. During the raid, 1st LAR, special operations forces and Afghan forces neutralized Bahram Chah and destroyed the Bazaar and Taliban stronghold. 1st LAR conducted a RIP with 3rd LAR in November 2010.
0:00 And what we're about to do gentleman today, is something that is going to be pretty historic here. That is blue diamond and it is the Marine's chapter here in Afghanistan.
0:17 Right! We are about to execute a raid down on the border of Pakistan at a town called Bahram Chah.
0:22 And it is a hub; it is a nucleus; it is a nexus of all bad things that are happening here in Helmand province and in Kandahar province.
0:33 It is the tip, the gate of the funnel, that brings all the bad stuff from outside of this country to that point and then pushes it up here that makes life for the Afghan people that makes life for ourselves and make life for our partner nations very difficult – challenging and this place has been a sore spot for quite a while;
1:00 And it's about time that somebody goes down there and addresses this problem, and sets them back on their heels and takes away their capability, takes away their infrastructure, takes away their ability to use this place for evil and to harm the people of Afghanistan and members of the ISAF forces that are out here.
1:22 The main task that we in the Marine core are famous for and the way we fight, comes from a combination of this thing right here [hold barrel of gun on armoured vehicle] and things that drop from the sky from our pilots, from our fixed-wing rotor and wing.
1:38 It comes from canons – 155 canons that are in the parking lot over there it comes from our HIMARS rockets and it comes from the back of guys like our CLC that's out here, that gives us our fuel, that gives us chow, that gives us our water, that gives us the supplied we need to be able to go 120 kilometers to a place where there is nobody else. There's no friendly forces South of where we are standing right now. There's no support, so if you don't bring it, it ain't there waiting on yer.
2:05 Everything you need to be successful on this mission, you have: you have it up here; you have it in the guy standing next to you; or the guy standing behind you. That's what you got
2:20 So everything you need – you don't need me, you don't need my staff. You need us to point you in the right direction and then I need to take the leash off and let the dogs run, and that's what we are going to do.
2:31 You do what you've been trained to do; what your leadership's briefed you to do;
you do what you know it your heart, and what you know up here, is the right thing to do on this mission specifically.
2:45 Counterinsurgency is the name of the game here in Afghanistan. I will tell you that this raid is a a kinetic raid that lumps inside the counterinsurgency. The intent it to take care of the narco traffickers, the Taliban training camps, the Al Qaeda camps that are down there so that they can't use them anymore.
3:04 And they will come back, and we will tell them hey! You want to come back and rebuild this place, go ahead – rebuild it! We'll be back three more months to do it again.
3:15 We will come back here with every single person and every piece of United States taxpayers gear will come back North that river, that's my mindset, that your mindset.
3:31 Characteristic of a raid are violence of action, speed, swiftness, and a planned withdrawal, and that withdrawal includes everything out.
3:46 So the only thing I want to say is thank you, OK, thank you for being Patriots, thank you for being inspirations to the rest our country, and thank you for being marines, sailors and anything else that you do out there you humble me gents you really do.