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Det One : U.S. Marine Corps U.S. Special Operations Command by John P Piedmont; United States. Marine Corps. History

By John P Piedmont; United States. Marine Corps. History Division

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8 All came away with considerable, substantive confidence in their gunfighting skills. After their first week at Range 130, the reconnaissance Marines continued weapons and tactics fundamentals at one of the training areas at Camp * The emphasis on essential combat skills for all hands presents another contrast with the prevailing attitude in other special operations units, which seem to prize the “shooter” as the zenith of operational capability. In Det One, with its deeply rooted airground task force philosophy, shooting was a skill not a job description and the “shooter,” the Marine in the team making entry into the target building, was but one part of the larger capability.

Piedmont 19 Photo by Maj John P. Piedmont MSgt James R. Rutan, Det One’s de facto sergeant major. As the reconnaissance monitor he cut the orders for the Marines from that community to report to the detachment with the last set of orders for himself. Together with Capt Stephen V. Fiscus, he ran the detachment’s training cell, which focused on designing, running, and evaluating exercises so that the Marines could concentrate on training. erations Training Group. In keeping with an emerging pattern, the tall Captain Kress had been the logistics officer at 1st Force Reconnaissance Company when Coates was commanding officer.

Master Sergeant Mitchell had identified the billets in reconnaissance units to source the detachment while Rutan, the reconnaissance monitor, issued the orders for individual Marines, with the last set of orders being for him. 6 The operations chief, Master Sergeant Thomas P. Muratori, came to the detachment fresh from 1st Reconnaissance Battalion and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The communications officer, Gunnery Sergeant James E. Wagner, joined the detachment in late May, 20 DET ONE having been held up by the war in Iraq.

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