Reconnaissance Battalion Today
2 June 2000 the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion was reactivated. A little history
is in order to explain the deactivation which occurred in 1992.
5401.5 dated 24 August 1992, USMC Force Structure Implementation Plan. This
plan laid out the framework for the Corps of the future.
In shrinking to 159,000 by Fiscal Year 1997, the reconnaissance battalions
were the first to be eliminated.
consonance with the stand down each infantry regiment was to get a reconnaissance
company comprised of 5 Officers and 87 Enlisted.
25 November 1992 Charlie Company stood down. The men were transfered to
Bravo and Delta Companies.
29 January 1993 Bravo Company was transfered to the Ninth Marines and Delta
Company to the 4th Marines.
2 April 1993 Alpha Company was transfered to the Third Marines.
and Service Company stood down and furled the Battalion Colors.
Battalion was reactivated under the Command of Lt. Col. Douglas M. King
at Camp Schwab.
At the time of the reactivation 5th Force Company and 3rd
Recon Company were combined to form the present battalion.
Dec. 2008 3rd Recon left Iraq and returned to their home base at Okinawa
under the leadership of Lt. Col. Bill Seely
is with great pride to all of us that the unit so many of us served is once
page will be utilized to keep all updated, as best we can, on todays battalion.
We are honored to support them.
following links contain news from Okinawa.
from current Battalion Commander Lt. Col. George H. Bristol
Past and Present