The Company deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom-2 during February 2004 with attachments from 3d Force Reconnaissance Company, serving in Direct Support of Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division (REIN).
When I was over there, we only had the woodland interceptors and Kevlars....1st Force didn't have enough FSBEs and MICHs for us Reservists. So most of us spray painted our Interceptors tan. Same with their H&S....woodland Interceptors. So these are new pics from their redployment, because they have on the coyote interceptors.
As for new gear, it's all pretty much in the pictures. The individual platoons are given a private purchase budget and can buy whatever equipment they decide the whole team needs, which is why you'll see one team with ACOGs, one with EOTechs, and one with Aimpoints, for example. A lot of guys also bought their own personal web gear....We had one that went to war with a desert Tiger Stripe chest harness! Don't ask me where he got it.....
The vest is very new- it is an eagle industries product and is called the Marine Corps- Combat Integrated Releasable Armor System or MC-CIRAS.
The CIRAS vest isn't Marine specific- slightly different versions are coming on line for other special operations units so I bet you see a lot more of this vest.
Someone should start making the 1/6 version now... No doubt in a couple months they'll show up in some Iraq pics and everyone will want one..
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