July 20th, 2021

I approved your membership in the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion Association today.

I am pleased to have the opportunity to welcome you aboard.

I hope that you find membership in the association rewarding and that it fulfills your expectations.

I hope that you make contact with members that knew you.

I will posted your name on our website today by 8pm.

Our 2021 reunion this year is the 50th anniversary of 1st Recon and the 1st Marine Division's return from Vietnam and the 30th anniversary of Desert Storm. Reunion dates and events  4-7 of August 2021. 

August 4th is an arrival and registration day and August 7th is a departure day; on August 5 & 6,  We will have the reunion dinner and our general membership meeting. Location:  Camp Pendleton/Oceanside, CA

Our Harborsite is the Holiday Inn Oceanside Camp Pendleton Area.  Holiday Inn reservations: 

Call (760) 231-7000 or see Holiday Inn's website.  Reunion Reservation Code is MDA.  Registration forms and checks should be mailed to Association Treasurer  Creg Howland  at 43761 Churchill Glen Drive  Chantilly, VA 20152. Contact Charlie Kershaw if you need assistance with reunion or lodging registration. 

Hope to see you at one our up-and-coming reunions maybe this year or in 2022 (God Willing).

Check out our website from time to time for new updates. at: https://1streconbn.org/

I will update the "Taps" section when notified of a fallen brother or other urgent matters.

We do not charge annual dues but raise funds at our annual reunion auction.

Over the years our members have brought their ‘treasures’ and auctioned them off with the funds going to the general fund.

However, Members and Associate Members are encouraged to make donations annually, to help defray the Association's operating expenses. An annual donation of $10.00 is suggested.

Donations can be sent to the Association Treasurer:

Creg Howland, 43761 Churchill Glen Drive, Chantilly, VA 20152

Make donations payable to the 1st Recon Association.

Please keep your contact INFORMATION Up-To-Date. This allows the Association to contact you occasionally

with urgent information or updates.

Again, welcome to our association. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me by email.

I will make every effort to get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Or, you can reach me by phone. My cell number is (612) 810-4196 and you can call me 24/7.

I am looking forward to seeing you at one of our reunions.

You can send me or post on the 1st Recon Battalion Association Facebook page photos or anything you might want me to post on our website. I am currently working on a large project with over 150 patrol reports and 0ver 400 1st Recon Battalion Marines involved in this story. The story is a work in progress over the several years. If you have a story that you would like me to add send it to me and I'll try to add the Patrol report to it if I can.

This is a work in progress on our website. You can follow along with it over the course of the next several years. It's called Some Give It All, The Jim Southall Story, it will include most of the companies in the battalion over a period between 1967 through 1971. But I do add stories from members outside of this time frame from time-to-time so feel free to send me a story. This is the link to the the web page to the story.

Click Here for the web page: https://1streconbn.org/sgt-jim-southall-story.html

Semper Fi,

Floyd Ruggles

Membership Director & Webmaster