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Friday, November 12, 2004

USMC orbat in Iraq

updated 10:40Z 14Nov04

Best orbat I can come up with for OIF 2B is as follows (ground elements only - and concentrating on the Grunts/PBIs):

A) 'General' orbat prior Op. Al Fajr
1 MEF - HQ Al Asad:
1 Mar Div - HQ Ramadi : Maj Gen Rick Natonski
1 RCT / 1 MarDiv - Falluja : Col Mike Shupp
7 RCT / 1 MarDiv - Qaim / Husaybah : Col Craig Tucker
2 BCT / 2 Inf Div - Ramadi : Col Gary Patton

1 RCT / 1 MarDiv - Camp Falluja
3-1 MAR - Camp Abu Ghurayb
3-5 MAR - Camp Baharia (C/2 Tk Btn and D/2 LAR attached)

7 RCT / 1 MarDiv - Al Asad
1/23 MAR - Hit
1/7 MAR - Qaim / Husaybah
1/8 MAR - Al Asad / Haditha
3 LAR (TF Wolfpack) - Korean Camp, Rutbah

2 BCT / 2 Inf Div - Ramadi
TF 1/503 AA - Camp Junction City, Habbaniyah
TF 1/506 AA - Camp Junction City, Habbaniyah
TF 1/9 INF - Camp Ramadi, Ramadi

Others USMC units in I MEF OIF 2B :
2-5 MAR (A/2 Tk Btn attached) - Ramadi (prob. opcom 1 Mar Div)
2 Reconnaissance Btn : H&S, A and B Coys
2 Tank Btn : A and C Coy only
2 LAR : A and D Coy only


B) Other USMC units in Iraq are as follows:
24 MEU - North Babil Province (under opcon MNB SC)
1/2 MAR - Latifiyah
2/24 MAR - Latifiyah
11 MEU - South Babil Province (under opcon MNB SC)
1/4 MAR - Najaf / Diwaniyah
(also under upcon 2/12 CAV - Najaf / Diwaniyah)
31 MEU - Hmmmmm!
1/3 MAR


C) Orbat for Op. Al Fajr
Securing West Bank of Euphrates and bridges:
3 LAR : Lt Col Steve Dinauer
36th Commando btn ING

Entry into Jolan district N West sector:
TF 2/7 CAV : Lt Col Jim Rainey
3/5 MAR : Lt Col Patrick Malay
3/1 MAR : Lt Col Willy Buhl

Entry into N Central sector:
1/3 MAR : Lt Col Michael Ramos
1/8 MAR : Lt Col Gareth Brandl
5th btn / 3rd bde ING
2nd btn / 1st bde ING

Entry into Askari district N East sector:
TF 2/2 IN : Lt Col Pete Newall

Blocking positions:
- Assume 2 BCT / 2 Inf Div blocking positions to north of Falluja
- Assume 2 BCT / 1 Cav Div blocking positions to east of Falluja
- Assume 3 LAR holding west bank of Euphrates with the 36th Commando btn ING?
- Assume 24 MEU blocking positions to south of Fallujah. 1/2 MAR in front rank east of Euphrates, Black Watch BG west of Euphrates.

3 Comments:

  • Please allow me to compliment you on your personal detail regarding the units involved in and around Fallujah.

    I hope you follow it up and modify as circumstances or new details warrant.

    I also enjoyed the Stars and Stripes article on the Engineers and the mine-detecting equipment.

    By Blogger RattlerGator, at 12 November 2004 at 23:19  

  • DJ,

    Re: this OrBat. When you refer to "3-1 MAR - Camp Abu Ghurayb" are you referring to the 3rd Bn, 1st Marine Rgmt? as it looks like you are in "3/1 MAR : Lt Col Willy Buhl".

    I'm a former Marine that served in both BLT 1/1 and 3/1.
    The preceding is the correct way of abbreviating that type of unit. I'm not digging on you, just was letting you know, in case you didn't. Great job otherwise.

    thebronze

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15 November 2004 at 08:33  

  • thebronze,

    I've seen 3rd battalion, 1st Marines written as 3-1, 3/1, 3-1st and god knows how many other combinations. I tried to stick with one, but indeed lost the plot somewhere. :(

    Many thanks for the clarification. But can you blame a poor foreigner for getting it wrong?

    By Blogger Jakkalsgat, at 15 November 2004 at 23:27  

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