7th Marine Regiment
The 7th Marine Regiment consist of one headquarters company and four infantry battalions, one of which is deployed outside the continental United States at all times. The infantry battalions are the basic tactical units that the regiment accomplishes its mission of locating, closing with and destroying the enemy by fire and close combat. The 7th Marine Regiment is located in Twentynine Palms, California.
In 1965, the 7th Marines participated in Operations Starlite and Piranha, the first major engagements for American ground troops in South Vietnam.
The 7th Marine's mission is to Prepare combat ready battalions for UDP (The Unit Deployment Program), and to be prepared to deploy as the Division's first or primary Maritime Prepositioned Force (MPF). It is also prepared to provide a first echelon battalion for the I MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) Alert Contingency Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF). The regiment serves as the principal source of expertise for armor/mechanized/infantry combined arms operations and shares that expertise with the Division through seminars and Professional Military Education (PME).
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