CHESTER HAS MOVED!: More Airstrikes . . .

Saturday, October 30, 2004

More Airstrikes . . .

"We're gearing up to do an operation and when were told to go we'll go," Brig. Gen. Dennis Hejlik, deputy commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, said at a camp near Fallujah. "When we do go, we'll whack them." The upcoming offensive is getting more and more press, more and more frequently. My initial focus was on Fallujah, but now on second thought I think it a certainty that Ramadi is going to be hit too. Look for 5th Marines to hit Ramadi, 1st Marines to assault Fallujah, and 7th Marines to continue guarding the Syrian border in the West, and possibly act as an operational reserve. They've probably shifted a good bit of the armor that is normally a part of 7th Marines (like 1st Tank Battalion) over to either 1st or 5th. Bet on it. UPDATE: More analysis from They also feel that the battle will kick off when US polls close. 6pm Hawaii time = 8pm California time = 7am, November 3rd, Iraq time. I think they'll pull the trigger the night before, say between 4am and 5am. This is always better than dawn.


Blogger Huan said...

The ballance of troops is a bit disconcerting; will slight numerical superiority (plus better training, equipment, and tactical support and capability but handicapped by questionable reliability of allied Iraqi) in urban combat zone be enough?

October 30, 2004 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Joel said...


we are praying for all you guys. Good luck and stay safe.

Huan, at the risk of sounding cocky, which I certainly am not, I think the Marines have a good handle on things.

October 30, 2004 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger schutzhund said... is reporting that Bin Laden is on the move at the Pakistan-Afghan/Chinese border, heading for winter quarters. Maybe this is where the 1000SPF are going?

October 31, 2004 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger DagneyT said...

I've read and heard rumblings that the ME is porous with tunnels, and that is how OBL and pals are hopping from place to place. I hope someone in the Tech sector is designing a way to detect the subterranean movements of these snakes!

Thanks for all you do, Jarhead. Semper Fi Our prayers are there for you every hour of every day!

October 31, 2004 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Dominic said...

A great site you have Chester. I am also a former Marine, who served in the grunts (1st Bn 8th Mar). I was also thinking that after the elections that the US Forces would force the hand of Fallujah,Ramadi and other insurgency strongholds. just as Brig Gen Hejlik stated, the insurgents are going to get whacked.

With that being said, the edge will be on the side of the Marines. On one side you have the Marines who have better training, weaponry and communications. On the other side, you have a hodgepod collection of insurgents who lack the ability to communicate and cooridinate. However, from all indications, they possess fanatical resolve and religious zeal which might indicate they will want to fight to the death. This would mean high casualities. Either way, these cities must be subdued. Semper Fi

October 31, 2004 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger PureData said...

Heck, the whole inhabited world is tunnelized!

It will be interesting to see how they do Fallujah. And to hear what Col GI Wilson writes about when they let him retire for the second time!

October 31, 2004 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger JarheadDad said...

Yeah, I'm nitpickin' ;-)

There were three BNs involved in the first Fallujah fight.

Agree that IMEF will carry the load in this assault but since we're guessing I'd lay even money 24MEU(SOC) with it's attached 2/24 will come in for a lion share. Makes sense that IMEF will carry the load since IIMEF is rotating in-country this Spring (including one of the BNs involved in the first Fallujah fight returning). IMEF looks like it will get a well desrved break!

One of the biggest advantages we have is simply experience. While the original three assault BNs that were involved in the first fight (including my son's) are stateside now, the BNs remaining are battle hardened seasoned ground pounders. I know the intel was coming to the boys at a very rapid pace before they came home. The Grunts think the Iraqis themselves have just about had enough of the "insurgents" ( I have another name for them ;-).

Time to get some and clean out that snake pit!

Great site! Enjoy your take on the way things are being handled.

October 31, 2004 at 7:46 PM  

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