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Company F, 425th Infantry

Company F, 425th Infantry was a long range reconnaissance patrol missions,[1] as opposed to the ranger companies of today which comprise the battalions of the 75th Ranger Regiment. According to the United States Army Center of Military History, it was reorganized and redesignated as the 425th Infantry Detachment (LRS) effective 1 September 2008.

Contents

  • Organization 1
  • Equipment 2
  • Installations 3
  • Deployments and Civil Actions 4
  • Insignia 5
  • External links 6
  • References 7

Organization

Company F consisted of a large company headquarters and operations section, three patrol platoons, a communications platoon and a GA.

Equipment

Throughout the Cold War, many National Guard and Reserve forces were poorly equipped in comparison to the active component, however, Company F, given its important role, was better equipped than most. It was one of the first National Guard units to receive M16 rifles and M1956 equipment even before some active units. The unit was also historically equipped with the most modern communications equipment. As an airborne unit, Company F made use of T-10 static-line parachutes which it often used for parachute jumps aircraft of the Michigan Army and Air National Guard, including UH-60 Blackhawks, CH-47 Chinooks, and C-130 Hercules transports. In the past, the unit also jumped from such aircraft such as the UH-1 Iroquois (Huey), C-123 Provider and C-119 Flying Boxcar. In more recent years the unit was equipped with the following weapons: the M-4 carbine, the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, M-203 grenade launcher, and the M9 pistol, as with other combat arms units of the U.S. Army.

Installations

Company F trained at Selfridge Air National Guard Base Mount Clemens, MI, Camp Grayling at Grayling, MI and was historically been headquartered at the Pontiac Armory in Pontiac, MI.

Deployments and Civil Actions

Company F's first action was as part of the National Guard force brought to REFORGER exercises in the 1980s. In 1987, airborne and Ranger qualified personnel from Co F deployed to the U.K. and jointly trained with 21 Special Air Services (SAS). Co F was the first Reserve Component company ever to deploy from the US and jump into a simulated combat scenario in Puerto Rico.

After the 9/11 attacks, three members of Company F were mobilized and deployed to Iraq during the first phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. They were designated as Company F, 250th MI Battalion and attached to Company H (LRS), 121st Infantry, GA ARNG. Company F was mobilized on 7 December 2003 and deployed to Iraq from February 2004 to February 2005, where it performed security operations, foreign internal defense training as well as normal LRS missions. Though a few received Purple Heart medals, the company returned to Michigan with all of the soldiers with which it deployed a year earlier. Following its deployment, Company F continued training with the benefit of combat experience as a result of the tour of duty in Iraq.

2nd Iraq deployment

Company F was mobilized again on 9 May 2009 and deployed to Iraq from Jul 2009 to May 2010.

Insignia

Company F (LRS), 425th Infantry wore the distinctive airborne tab above the griffin patch of the Michigan Army National Guard, distinguishing it as an airborne unit. Previously the unit had worn the airborne tab above the shoulder patch of the 201st Military Intelligence Brigade. Before being reflagged as a long range surveillance company, members of Company F wore a scroll with "RANGER AIRBORNE" in lieu of an airborne tab above the griffin patch and the black beret with distinctive flash which formerly identified them as Rangers. As members of an LRS unit, soldiers of Company F wore the maroon beret, the distinguishing feature of members of an airborne unit.


External links

  • Photographic history of LRRP/Rangers in Vietnam

References

  1. ^ Ankony, Robert C. (2008). Lurps: A Ranger's Diary of Tet, Khe Sanh, A Shau, and Quang Tri. Hamilton Books.  
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