MARSOC units to get Raiders name after 10-month delay
At long last, the Raiders will be reborn.
An official flagging ceremony to rename Marine special operations battalions in honor of their World War II predecessors is set to take place June 19, MARSOC officials confirmed. The ceremony comes 10 months after the command first announced its plan to change the names of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command’s component units to reflect their history.
The formal renaming was held up while Headquarters Marine Corps approved a bulletin announcing the upcoming change, said Capt. Barry Morris, a MARSOC spokesman. He said MARSOC’s headquarters in Sneads Ferry, North Carolina, also had to coordinate with its major subordinate elements to determine a date for the ceremony.
Army Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command, is expected to attend the event. Also present will be members of the original World War II Raider companies.
During the ceremony, MARSOC’s eight major subordinate elements and tenant battalions will be briefly deactivated, and then re-activated with their new names. The following units are part of the change:
- Marine Special Operations Regiment becomes Marine Raider Regiment.
- 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion becomes 1st Marine Raider Battalion.
- 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion becomes 2nd Marine Raider Battalion.
- 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalion becomes 3rd Marine Raider Battalion.
- Marine Special Operations Support Group becomes Marine Raider Support Group.
- 1st Marine Special Operations Support Battalion becomes 1st Marine Raider Support Battalion.
- 2nd Marine Special Operations Support Battalion becomes 2nd Marine Raider Support Battalion.
- 3rd Marine Special Operations Support Battalion becomes 3rd Marine Raider Support Battalion.
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