Charlie Company C/1-7

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Charlie Company (C/1-7)
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Staff
CO MAJ.LaCombe.M
XO MAJ.Wiese.M
COS
IG
AG
CSM
1SG 1SG.Green.R
NCO
Hierarchy
Superior Unit 1st Battalion HQ
Reporting Units
Esprit De Corps
Unit Motto "Tip of the Spear"


Charlie Company, 1st Battalion is an Infantry Company tasked with Air Assault and Airborne Operations. It is administratively known as C/1-7. The Company has two Platoons.

Mission

The mission of the Charlie Company is to close with and destroy the enemy with direct fires. Because of the Airborne capability, Charlie Company can conduct disruption operations in the enemy's rear area.

Role

Charlie Company is tasked to provide Airborne and Air Assault Infantry to the Combined Arms Battalion. This role provides the Combined Arms Battalion operational mobility through air delivery of a company sized infantry force. Charlie Company also provides a complex terrain operating capability. In Counter-Insurgency (COIN) Operations, Charlie Company Soldiers train to operate Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicles in a motorized role.

Charlie Company Military Occupational Specialties

Charlie Company only employs 11B Infantrymen.

11B - Airborne Infantryman

Charlie Company soldiers form a chalk and await pickup from a CH-47F Heavy Lift Helicopter during a Field Training Exercise

The Military Occupational Specialty 11B Infantryman is responsible for closing with and destroying the enemy. They are experts in squad-level battle drills and employment of assigned weapon systems. In Charlie Company, Infantrymen specialize in both Air Assault and Airborne operations, while also performing traditional light infantry and motorized tasks. Each Infantry Platoon within Charlie Company is comprised of up to three Light Infantry Squads and one Weapons Squad.

A Light Infantry squad employs weapons including the M4A1 Carbine, the M249 Light Machinegun, the M320 Grenade Launcher, and the AT-4 recoilless launcher. These squads act as the primary assault and maneuver elements within the platoon.

Each platoon also employs a Heavy Weapons Squad, which provides a base of fire for the rest of the platoon. These squads are trained to employ weapons systems such as the M240B Medium Machine Gun, the M3 Medium Anti-Armor Weapon System (MAAWS), and the FIM-92 Stinger Man Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) among others.

Traditions and History

Charlie Company has served in multiple roles in support of the 1st Battalion. The Company is currently assigned as Airborne / Air Assault Infantry. The Company was officially re-designated "Airborne" in 2017. Prior to 2017, the Company was strictly Light Infantry. From 2009 - 2011, the Company was Mechanized Infantry and Armored, before these duties were transferred to Bravo Company.

Because of the Airborne designation, Soldiers of the Company refer to themselves as the "Tip of the Spear". This is because Airborne forces are capable of inserting into the enemy's rear area to disrupt their rear area operations ahead of a main mechanized force. Soldiers of the Company who successfully complete the Basic Airborne Course, also known as Airborne School are authorized to wear the Maroon Beret with the Regimental Flash.

2LT (at the time) Alex Mackey, a Platoon Leader in Charlie Company wears the distinctive Maroon Beret

Leadership

The following is a list of Company Commanders beginning with the most recent.

Rank Name Dates of Service
Major Mike LaCombe 20 Jan 2020–Present
Major Michael Rosefield 25 Nov 2018 - 20 Jan 2020
Major Nicholas Wildfire 29 Oct 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
Major Delvanoc (Shane) Carter 29 Apr 2018 - 29 Oct 2018
Major Osman Aizen 18 Jul 2015 - 29 Apr 2018
Major Stefan Baeder 31 May 2014 - 17 Jul 2015
Major Cameron Burgundy 11 Aug 2013 - 29 Aug 2013
Major Jake Clarke 04 Jul 2012 - 09 Aug 2013
Major Zachary Larouche 25 Oct 2011 - 31 Oct 2012
Major Don Nichols 15 Aug 2009 - 16 Jan 2010
Major Thiago Scout 10 Aug 2009 - 15 Aug 2009

Order of Battle

The Company consists of 2 Airborne Infantry Platoons, and a Headquarters Section.

Element Callsign Size Role
Company Headquarters Hitman Section Company Command Team of C Company, including the Company Commander, Executive Officer and Company First Sergeant
1st Platoon Bandit Platoon Airborne Infantry Platoon, force-generates and force-employs Airborne Infantry Soldiers in support of the Combined Arms Battalion
2nd Platoon Misfit Platoon Airborne Infantry Platoon, force-generates and force-employs Airborne Infantry Soldiers in support of the Combined Arms Battalion