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25th Marine Regiment

25th Marines "Arctic Warriors" conducts training to prepare for employment as a Regiment tasked to plan and conduct combat operations in order to locate, close with, and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver, or to repel his assault by close combat.

The 25th Marines is one of three infantry regiments in the Fourth Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, United States Marine Corps. It is primarily a cold weather regiment and frequently trains in Northern Norway. Units of the Regiment From its headquarters in Worcester, Massachusetts, the regiment commands fifteen training centers in nine states throughout the Northeast. These units consist of approximately 3,500 reserve and active duty Marines and are located from Maine to Delaware, West Virginia and as far west as Ohio.

The 25th Regiment of Marines has a proud history. It was activated 1 May 1943, at Camp Lejuene, North Carolina and was initially manned by Marines from throughout the Northeast. The Regiment was subsequently assigned to the 4th Marine Division for service in World War II. Initially located at Camp Pendleton, California, the Regiment was ordered to the Pacific in January of 1944 and participated in the Kwajalein, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima Campaigns. the Regiment won two Presidential Unit Citations for its participation in these battles.

The 25th Marines returned to Camp Pendleton at the end of the war and on 10 November 1945, its job finished, the Regiment was deactivated.

On July 1962, 16 years after its colors had been folded following its service in World War II, the 4th Marine Division was reactivated as a Reserve Division. This reactivation included all three Battalions of the 25th Marines. Since then, the reactivated units have served proudly. They inherited an unfaltering tradition from their World War II predecessors, and from throughout the Northeastern United States, they are continuing the tradition.

Reserve Marines of the Regiment have served alongside their regular counterparts in training exercises throughout the world. In February 1991 the entire Regiment was fully activated for DESERT SHIELD AND DESERT STORM. Although, only 1st Battalion deployed into southwest Asia and participated in the 1st Marine Division's initial breach of Iraqi defenses, the Regimental Headquarters, 2nd and 3rd Battalions mobilized in support of other operational requirements.

United States active and reserve units joined 12 other nations in exercise Rescue Eagle 2000 in the Constanta region of Romania 11-20 July 2000. The MARFOREUR-led, joint/combined training exercise was hosted by Romania, and conducted "In the Spirit of" the Partnership for Peace program. The purpose of Rescue Eagle exercises is to develop a common understanding of peace support operations, and to improve small-unit interoperability during those operations. Major U.S. Marine Corps participants included elements of HQ, Marine Corps Forces, Europe, Boeblingen, Germany; HQ Co, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division (Marine Forces Reserve), Worchester, MA; and Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment (Marine Forces Reserve), Dover, NJ.

Marines with 1st Battalion, 25th Marines, 2nd Marine Division began a rigorous training schedule at Camp Lejeune, NC on Feb. 10, 2003 after activating in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Some of the training that took place consisted of NBC prepardness drills.




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