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Lt. Col. Andrew Christian - FRA# 2559
Change of Command Ceremony will take place on 25 May 2017.
Click on Andy's name for details. All interested must RSVP.

Terry Graves Hall at MCB Quantico
to be dedicated in Honor of
Second Lieutenant Terrence C. Graves

On Friday, June 2, 2017 at 10 a.m., at MCB Quantico, the United States Marine Corps will dedicate "Terry Graves Hall" in honor of Second Lieutenant Terrence C. Graves, 3rd Force Recon Co. 2nd LT Graves (TBS Class 6-67) was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions on 16 February 1968 while serving in the Republic of Vietnam. 2nd LT Graves is one of six Marines awarded the Medal of Honor while serving with a Recon unit in RVN. His detailed citation is posted in the "HONOR" section of the Force Recon website (www.forcerecon.com).

ALL members of the Recon Community are invited to attend the ceremony on June 2nd, which is being hosted by TBS Class 6-67 in honor of their fallen Brother. Additional details regarding accommodations and base access should be directed to Joe Johnston (804) 557-3261 or Johnstonwj@gmail or Johnstonmojo@cox.net.

If you are able, please join us to help honor our fallen Brother.

Force Recon Association

Recon 2017
SEPTEMBER 6-9, 2017
Quantico, VA

All preliminary arrangements have been completed to hold the 2017 FRA Reunion at Marine Corps Base, Quantico beginning on Wednesday, September 6, through Saturday, September 9, 2017. We will hold our FRA memorial dinner at the Marine Corps Memorial Museum on Friday evening, September 8, 2017.

The base hotel facility, The CROSSROADS INN, will serve as our headquarters and lodging location. The lodging rates are: $89 per night (standard double), $97 per night (king or efficiency) and $115 per night (suite). You can make your room rreservations by calling (800) 965-9511 or (703) 630-4444 or, via Internet at Reservations@crossroadsinnquantico.com. The number of King rooms and suites is limited so those who make their reservations early will have the greatest selection.

We are still working on the specific reunion events depending on their own booking schedules: (possibilities are FBI Tour-VMX-1 Tour, Raids&Recon, and EOD Demonstration). The actual events that we can book will be included in the actual reunion registration form that will be mailed to you.

We look forward to seeing you in Quantico and remember that the hotel room selection is on a 'first come-first served basis'!


See the Reconnaissance Training Company's video of our visit to camp pendleton during recon 2016

Q&A with MARSOC Bn CO - LtCol Andrew Christian
Story extracted from The San Diego Union-Tribune
By Gidget Fuentes, 26 AUG 2015

Dr. Franklin M. Osanka PH.D, FRA Member 178, passed away unexpectedly on 7 October 2017 at 80 years of age.

Services were held on 17 October at the Maresh-Meredeth & Acklam Funeral Home in Racine, Wisconsin.

CW04 (USMC ret.) James F. Doner - FRA# 294,
passed away 21 DEC 2016. There will be a Viewing and Prayer Service at BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be served on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church, followed by burial at Holy Hope Cemetery immediately after..
Click on her name to read more.

Mrs. Louise Lauffer - was laid to rest 08 Dec 2016.
Click on her name to read more.

Colonel Julian W. Parrish, USMC Ret, FRA Member 244, passed away on 23 April 2016 at 85 years of age at his home in San Diego.

Julian was GySgt Parrish Ops Chief in 1st Force Recon Co. In early 1960s, Para/Scuba, Free Fall Qualified Jumpmaster. Also served in 2nd Force. Also served with 2nd Transplacement BN, 2/1, 1959-1960 in Foxtrot Co. with Captain Bill Weise and with Hotel Co. with Captain Ernie DeFazio. He epitomized the title Co GySgt. By his exceptional leadership and proficiency in all areas. During his 18 years of enlisted service, his excellence was appropriately recognized with good conduct awards and meritorious masts.

During Vietnam war, Julian accepted a commission and over the 20 plus years as an officer performed duties in assignments in the FMF in Supply and Logistics.

He retired and was recalled to active duty during the Iraq invasion of Kuwait to perform duties involving maritime preposition ships (MPS) in the Persian Gulf.

Colonel Parrish served our corps and nation for 43 years.
Rest in Peace.

Sgt. Mark Tigh, FRA Member 746, passed away unexpectedly in Pickford, Michigan, on February 2nd, 2016. Mark was a lifelong member of the FRA and Marine to the core. He passed away Tuesday afternoon at approximately 6:35 PM EST from liver failure. He was surrounded by his family at his passing and went very peacefully with no pain. He is survived by his wife, Terri Tigh; his daughter, Capt. Tiffany Tigh, USMC; myself, Lcpl. Louis Tigh, USMC, and his son Billy Tigh. He had many friends throughout the FRA and I would like to pass the word of his death. We will be holding a service this Saturday, Feb. 5 in Snellville, GA, for any members who can come and he will be buried in Mt. Shasta, CA, on Feb. 23.

Sgt Jonathon Blank - LaRue Tactical Elk Hunt 2011
Click on the link.

GySgt Brian M. Blonder - FRA #2313 - Awarded Navy Cross
Click on the link.

Commando Hall of Honor - FRA Member Maj. James Capers Jr. USMC(ret)
and Bigadier General Evans F. Carlson USMC(ret) inducted into inaugural class of SOCOM's Commando Hall of Honor.

Force Recon Memorial
Col. Bruce Meyers USMC (ret) and SgtMaj Neal King USMC (ret) have designed a commemorative memorial monument to be placed in Semper Fi Park at the Marine Corp Museum. Donations are needed to help put the design to stone. Click the link above for more details.

History of Marine Detachment 1 - .pdf format - 138 pages - 6.5mb
Det 1: U.S. Marine Corps U.S. Special Operations Command Detachment, 2003 - 2006.

Bikes For Wounded Warriors
The FRA donates high-quality Specialized road bikes to Marines at the Wounded Warrior Battalion West. Click above for details.

Another Marine Helped By RFSF - The Ride For Semper Fi
helps out another Marine

Ride For Semper Fi - FA Call For Volunteers

Email Questions, Comments and Suggestions to the FRA - Click Here

Read About the origin of the Force Recon Association

Read About the origin of OOOHRAH

NOTAM (notice to all members)
Most recent official FRA email sent to members - 04 DEC 2016

FRA Mailing Address:
Force Recon Association
P.O. Box 111000
Carrolton, TX 75011

See a few pictures from Recon 2016
See a few pictures from Recon 2015
See a few pictures from Recon 2014 - additional photos added Aug 2015
See a few pictures from Recon 2013 - This gallery was posted Aug 2015
See a few pictures from Recon 2012
See a few pictures from Recon 2011
See a few pictures from Recon 2010
See a few pictures from Recon 2009
See a few pictures from Recon 2008
See a few pictures from Recon 2006
See a few pictures from Recon 2004
See a few more pictures from Recon 2003
See a few pictures from Recon 2003
See a few pictures from Recon 2002
Recon History of WWII

FRA Scholarship Application (.pdf)

Supply Hooch Online
As of 1 NOV 2015, The Online FRA Supply Hooch is temporarily Closed. Orders received after this date will not be filled until further notice.

Supply Hooch Order Form
The Supply Hooch is temporarily closed until further notice.
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FRA Dues Form (.pdf)

The FRA will no longer hold past dues in arrears but will charge a small re-activation fee. See form.

FRA Change of Address Form (.pdf)

Article - Strong Men Armed: 1st Force Recon Company


Most Recent Official Message Sent - 04 DEC 2016 - If you didn't receive it then we don't have your correct email address.
The FRA is trying to develop an email list of all members.  This list is for FRA use only and will not be distributed to anyone outside of this organization.  Every member who has an email address is hereby requested to forward your email address along with your name and FRA member number to:
FRA Communications Chief- commchief@forcerecon.com

If you change your email address, let us know so we can update our records.

We currently have 100's of bad email addresses on file. Please help us keep you up-to-date!

We have been receiving emails from non-members so, please, include your name and FRA member number for verification purposes.  Thank You.

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