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2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
2nd LAR's emblem
Active 1985 - present
Country United States
Branch USMC
Type Mechanized infantry battalion
Role Screen in advance of maneuver units
Part of 2nd Marine Division
II Marine Expeditionary Force
Garrison/HQ Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
Nickname "Destroyers"
Motto "Victory to the Bold"
Engagements Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
* 2003 invasion of Iraq
* Operation Vigilant Resolve
Operation Enduring Freedom
LtCol Thomas E. Grattan

2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion is a battalion of the United States Marine Corps. Their primary weapon system is the LAV-25 and they fall under the command of the 2nd Marine Division and II Marine Expeditionary Force. The unit is based out of the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.


Subordinate units

  • H & S Company (Striker)
  • Alpha Company (Apache)
  • Bravo Company (Black Knight)
  • Charlie Company (Gunfighter)
  • Delta Company (Outlaw)
  • Echo Company (To be stood up by the end of 2008)



Gulf War and the 1990s

Global War on Terror

2ndLAR LAV seen from another convoy outside Camp Fallujah in 2004

Since Operation Iraqi Freedom began the battalion has completed four 7 month deployments. They supported participated in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Delta Co. returned from February to September 2004 and Alpha Co. from September 2004 to March 2005 and then the battalion returned from March to October 2005 to patrol in the southwestern portion of Al Anbar Province. For their 3rd deployment, 2nd LAR returned to a split Area of operations in Iraq in September 2006 and remained there until returning to MCB Camp Lejeune in April 2007. Stationed at Camp Korean Village was C. Company along with half of H&S Company. Combat Outpost Rawah had Alpha, Delta, and the other half of H&S Co stationed there. During the last deployment the battalion had four Marines killed in action.[1] The unit is currently stationed in theater in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.[2] A detachment from the battalion will deploy to Afghanistan in the spring of 2009 as part of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade.[3] They will be part of the 17,000 troop increase announced by President Obama in mid-February.[4].

Operation Khanjar

On July 2, 2009, 2nd LAR, as the southern push of Operation Khanjar, entered Khan Neshin village with the village elders' permission.[5][6][7]

See also



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