History Of Suicide Charley

On 24 October 1942, the 1st Marine Division was occupying a defensive position around Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. The 1st Battalion 7th Marines, commanded by LtCol Lewis B “Chesty” Puller helped form this line.

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TASK FORCE AL TAQADDUM: PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 12 June 2016 20:01

AL TAQADDUM, Iraq - Things have changed a bit around Al Taqaddum Air Base in Iraq since the 2011 withdraw of U.S. troops in the Anbar province. What once was a busy hub for aircraft coming in to scatter the area with military personnel now seems far more subtle in its footprint.

The Iraqi military installation now houses different components of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), including the 8th Iraqi Army Division and the Anbar Operations Command (AOC). 

The AOC is staffed by Iraqi military leaders and is the brains of operations in the Anbar province. It moved to Al Taqaddum shortly after the fall of Ramadi last summer. 

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SUICIDE CHARLIE 1/7: NON LETHAL WEAPONS TRAINING PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sgt Owen Kimbrel   
Sunday, 12 June 2016 19:55

UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, Southwest Asia -- Platoon-sized riot control requires unit cohesion, proficiency with non-lethal weapon systems and an understanding of the proper procedures used to safely administer non-lethal munitions and techniques in a hostile environment. In order to gain these, U.S. Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment’s Company C, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, performed a non-lethal weapons live-fire range at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Feb. 10, 2016.

The Marines alternated course of fires between the M4 shotgun and M203 grenade launcher with non-lethal rounds and then utilized those weapon systems tactically with riot shields. The Marines with shields stood shoulder-to-shoulder to form a protective barrier in order to allow the Marines with the non-lethal munitions to safely fire the hard rubber projectiles at the targets. These methods allow the Marines to safely deter any noncompliant entity without causing serious bodily harm.

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