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  • Announcements


    Sgt Towers
    The S-1 Personnel Staff, Headquarters, and Command Staff of the 15th MEU Realism Unit would like to congratulate the following individuals for successfully meeting the requirements and approval for promotion. They are to be afforded the respect that accompanies their new rank, and will be expected to uphold their new responsibilities and higher standards as is appropriate. We wish them continued success in their e-Marine careers.
     
    Approved by the Command Staff, and effective 15OCT17
     
    Promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant (1stLt)
    2ndLt Smyth
     
    Promoted to the rank of Sergeant (Sgt)
    Cpl Muir, M
    Cpl Riske, A
    Cpl Towers, J
     
    Promoted to the rank of Corporal (Cpl)
    LCpl Updegraff, G
    LCpl Young, W
     
    Promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal (LCpl)
    PFC Blue, M
    PFC Palla, T
    PFC Wesker, L
     
    Promoted to the rank of Hospitalman (HN)
    HA Moore, E, C
     
    Promoted to the rank of Private First Class (PFC)
    Pvt Cook, A
    Pvt Hahs, T
    Pvt LaVigne, N
    Pvt Leon, A
    Pvt Nouse, J
    Pvt Rush, R
     
    Congratulations to all on behalf of S-1,
    S-1 Personnel Chief
    Cpl Towers

    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
     
    The past years we have proudly housed some of the most elite warriors of the Armaverse in our Force Reconnaissance Platoon. Their excellence has been marred, however, by the unit's failure to live up to them in flexibility, ability, understand.. and well just plain old ArmA. We are going to be taking steps to change this, starting... well a long time ago, but today is the most abrupt and aggressive of any effort.
     
    We will be stepping somewhat out of realism for the sake of gameplay/mindset for this. This may not sit well with some people. Let me preface this all by saying this change, while not exactly realistic, plays to the gameplay that is allowed (and sometimes forced) by ArmA. Force Reconnaissance and its intended missions do not work very well in the schemes of ArmA, nor in the way we have attempted to employ them (at least not well). Therefore, we will be changing the idea of these missions by changing Force Reconnaissance.
     
    Effective 17 October 17, the Force Reconnaissance Platoon is dissolved.
     
    In its place we will be activating, and attaching to the 15th MEU Realism Unit, Alpha Company, 1st Marine Raider Battalion (MARSOC).
     

     
    With this change, our new MARSOC section will be able to complete some of the same tasking such as:
     
    Direct action
    Special reconnaissance
    Information operations
    Security force assistance
    Preparation of the environment
    Counter-insurgency
    Maritime Interdiction Operations
     
    And many new mission possibilities such as:
     
    Counter-terrorism
    Foreign internal defense
    Unconventional warfare
    Special/Clandestine operations
    Counter-drug operations
     
    MARSOC structure will also be drastically changed. Instead of the platoon structure, they will be organized as follows:
     
    1st Marine Raider Regiment (1st MRR)
         1st Marine Raider Battalion (1st MRB)
              Marine Special Operations Company (MSOC) - Alpha
                   Marine Special Operations Team (MSOT) - One
     
    Tactical Element One
    Team Leader - MSgt
    Element Leader - SSgt
    Assistant Element Leader - Sgt
    RO/JTAC - Sgt
    SARC - HM2
    Critical Skills Operator - Cpl
    Critical Skills Operator - Cpl
     
    Tactical Element Two
    Team Chief - GySgt
    Element Leader - SSgt
    Assistant Element Leader - Sgt
    RO/JTAC - Sgt
    SARC - HM2
    Critical Skills Operator - Cpl
    Critical Skills Operator - Cpl
     
    This is a mix between our current organization and the real MSOT organization, and will allows us the flexibility called for in our operations.
     
    All current Force Reconnaissance Marines in our unit will be re-designated with the single MOS 0372 Critical Skills Operators, with the exception of Captain Roddy, whom will retain his rank as Captain and assume the Team Leader position, and hold the MOS of 0370 Special Operations Officer. All fully qualified members of the MSOT will be awarded the Marine Special Operator Insignia. This insignia will replace all current Active Duty and Reserve Force Reconnaissance Marines who are to be transitioned. All former Force Reconnaissance Marines, whether they are now in a new billet or Retired, will maintain the Combatant Diver Insignia and Navy and Marine Corps Parachutists Insignia, and the previous Force Reconnaissance MOS.
     

     
    Each Element SARC will hold the NEC 8403 Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance Independent Duty Corpsman. They will continue to be authorized to wear two of the three badges: Combatant Diver Insignia, Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia, or Fleet Marine Force Enlisted Warfare Specialist Device.
     
    The callsign for the MSOT will be 'Roughneck'.
     
    Training and Selection for this new section will remain largely unchanged for now, though this may eventually happen.
     
    Operationally many of you may not see a change. But this will be a drastic move for our new MSOT Marines, and we hope a welcome one. Information about Selection is not being released yet, but it may be soon. Discussions about any possible Selection (and whether or not it will be approved this year) are still going on. That information will be released very soon, however.
     
    Welcome, MARSOC. Improve upon the tradition of our Force Reconnaissance Marines in the name of individuals such as First Sergeant Martinez, Major Rittenhouse, and Captain Roddy. Good luck.
     
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO


    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
     
    In the Fall of 2014 the US Marine Corps implemented a new ribbon for their instructors. We somehow missed this, and have been behind the ball on this. We are rectifying this, effective immediately:
     
    The Combat Instructor Ribbon will be awarded to all Instructors for School of Infantry, Basic Recon School, and Flight Instructor time. The time requirements will not differ from current. The Drill Instructor Ribbon will continue to be awarded to Recruit Instructors.  
    This change is not retroactive, as the amount of work involved would be prohibitive. If someone decides of their own accord to put in that work it may be reconsidered.
     
    Combat Instructor Ribbon

     
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO

    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
     
    As we have discussed before, just a few months ago our friend and comrade Adam Corium passed away. This was marked with a memorial service to him, as well as the sadness, condolences, and remembrance all his friends here hold.
     
    Today we memorialize our friend further: Effective 16 October 2017 the LHD USS Fallujah, when in operation, is renamed the USS Adam Corium. This is much like the USS Matthew Barton which memorializes our friend who also passed away some years ago.
     
    Rest in peace, Corium. You still live on here.
     
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO

    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
     
    Effective immediately, any individual in this unit may attend a Tank or AAV section or vehicle training and fill-in as a driver in order to familiarize themselves with the platform and its responsiveness and capabilities.
     
    Tanks and AAVs must create and give a brief INDOC to all attendees before they may do so, and these 'fill-ins' are only allowed to drive. This is also only valid for section and vehicle training, and will not be allowed for any FTX or Operation. This also should not be done every training, but sparingly, as having a 'fake fill-in' every training will prevent the crew from training and forming a cohesive unit.
     
    Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action and/or the revocation of this policy.
     
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO

    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
     
    With good results from our test last week, as well as the previous Recon operation testing, the JSRS Sound Mod has been approved for use.
     
    To use this mod you will need the JSRS Sound Mod and the JSRS Soundmod RHS Compatibility. This is not a required mod, but you may use it if you wish.
     
    As a small note, the 'JSRS Soundmod - Additional Weapon Handling and Reloading Sounds' remains banned.
     
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO

    1stLt Roberts
    The S-1 Personnel Staff, Headquarters, and Command Staff of the 15th MEU Realism Unit would like to congratulate the following individuals for successfully meeting the requirements and approval for promotion. They are to be afforded the respect that accompanies their new rank, and will be expected to uphold their new responsibilities and higher standards as is appropriate. We wish them continued success in their e-Marine careers.
     
    Approved by the Command Staff, and effective 01OCT17
     
    Promoted to the rank of Captain (Cap) 
    1stLt Murphy, J
     
    Promoted to the rank of Sergeant (Sgt)
    Cpl Stevens, J, D.
     
    Promoted to the rank of Corporal (Cpl)
    LCpl Bell, J
    LCpl Pearce, T
     
    Promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal (LCpl)
    PFC DeSol, C
     
    Promoted to the rank of Private First Class (PFC):
    Pvt Knap, B
    Pvt Merc, J
    Pvt Prochniak, A
    Pvt Shum, S
    Pvt Wardell, I
    Pvt Dykes, R
    Pvt Howell, W
     
    Congratulations to all on behalf of S-1,
    1stLt Roberts
    S-1 Personnel Officer


    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
     
    As we announced earlier this year, effective as of Sunday ArmA 3 APEX is now required for all members.
     
    Due to the nature of this expansion, however, we do not have an effective way of checking that you all have the expansion, other than the honor system. Which is how this will be assumed that you have it. We are trusting that each and every one of you that, while in Active Duty, have purchased the Apex expansion. If you have not done so, we are trusting you to move yourself to Reserves until such time that you do purchase.
     
    However.
     
    This is your only warning. If you are in Active Duty, and do not own the expansion, you do so at your own risk. If you are in Active Duty, and you report to an FTX or Operation, and are not able to join that FTX or Operation because you do not own APEX, you will face a severe Command Staff Level Formal Disciplinary Action, and will be immediately moved to Reserves. This goes the same for anyone who is found to be skipping APEX-required-specific FTXs or Operations because they do not own it.
     
    If you don't have it... get it before we go to an APEX map, or move yourself to Reserves until you do own it.
     
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO

    Col Penny
    Attention All Hands,
     
    For the past year or two we have been utilizing the Bohemia ArmA 3 Units feature to display our XML. Unfortunately Bohemia has completely dropped the ball and failed with the project, not only with lack of real support, but the inability for member managers to remove members, and the 500 member limit which they will not be changing and have no interest in enforcing on those units already over 500 members. These, and other minor things, have proven the platform inadequate for our needs. We will still have an ArmA 3 Units page, but it will be an open group and not maintained by anyone.
     
    With this in mind, we will be returning to the Squad XML page format. This is a very simple change, and requires only one adjustment on your behalf. You must launch your game, and on the main menu go to you profile. You will then click on the Unit tab, and click Edit. In the UNIT dropdown select 'Custom'. In the Squad XML dialog enter:
     
    http://www.15thmeu.net/xml/squad.xml
     
    Then hit apply. That's it! From thereon your information will be maintained by S-1 Personnel. There is not further input on your part necessary.
     
    Any questions may be directed here. I know this is an older system so some of the Chain of Command may not be familiar with it.
     
    For clarification, this is what the page looks like:
     

     
    -Col Penny
    MEU CO

    Col Penny
    MERITORIOUS PROMOTION
     
    SCHIRF
     
    STAFF SERGEANT
     
    TO
     
    GUNNERY SERGEANT
     
    IN RECOGNITION OF HIS SERVICE AS THE SENIOR JTAC OF BOTH ECHO AND INDIA COMPANIES FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS. MR. SCHIRF HAS DEDICATED HIS ENTIRE VIRTUAL CAREER TO THE RADIO OPERATOR, AND HAS BEEN A GUIDING HAND TO NEARLY ALL OF OUR CURRENT RADIO OPERATOR AND JTAC OPERATIONS AND OPERATORS. HE HAS WORKED COUNTLESS HOURS IN EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THOSE OPERATIONS, AS WELL AS HIS OPERATORS, AND TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE AVIATION AND GROUND COMBAT ELEMENTS. HIS DEDICATION,  LEADERSHIP, AND SERVICE TO HIS SUBORDINATES REFLECT GREAT CREDIT UPON HIMSELF AND ARE IN KEEPING WITH THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE 15TH MEU REALISM UNIT.
     
    SIGNED,
    COL J. PENNY
    COMMANDING OFFICER
    15TH MEU (SOC) RU
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    Effective 01OCT17

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