Charlie Company C/1-7
|Charlie Company (C/1-7)|
|CO||MAJ Mike LaCombe|
|XO||1LT Gray Phoenix|
|1SG||1SG Ralph Green|
|Aide to Charlie Company (C/1-7)|
|Superior Unit||1st Battalion HQ|
|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.
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.
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
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.
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.
|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|