- 9th Engineer Support Battalion
Infobox Military Unit
unit_name= 9th Engineer Support Battalion
caption= 9th ESB insignia
November 1, 1965- present
role= Engineering support
3rd Marine Logistics Group III Marine Expeditionary Force
current_commander= LtCol Mark J. Menotti
Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan
nickname= Team 9
motto= "Excellence in Engineering"
Vietnam War Operation Enduring Freedom Operation Iraqi Freedom
The 9th Engineer Support Battalion (9th ESB) is an engineering support unit of the
United States Marine Corpsand is headquartered at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. The unit falls under the 3rd Marine Logistics Groupand the III Marine Expeditionary Force.
Provide general engineering support to III Marine Expeditionary Force including survivability, countermobility & mobility enhancements, explosive ordnance disposal, bulk water production & storage, and bulk fuel storage & distribution.
* Headquarters and Service Company
* Alpha Company
* Engineering Support Company
* Bulk Fuel Company
The 9th Engineer Support Battalion of the 3rd Marine Logistices Group was once titled the 9th Engineer Battalion. The 9th Engineer Battalion was activated on November 1, 1965 at the
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendletonand was under the operational control of the Commanding General Force Troops, located at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms.
On May 2, 1966, elements of the battalion began deploying to the
Republic of Vietnamand by June 17, 1966 all of the battalion had arrived in the country and were located in and around Chu Lai. There they repaired vital road networks and reconstructed many villages south of Chu Lai. June 29, 1966 found Alpha Company departing for Da Nangunder the operational control of the 7th Engineer Battalion.
While in Vietnam the 9th Engineer Battalion was responsible for the repair and mine sweeps of many of the major highways and bridges, for camp construction, for building ferries and for supporting the army and many foreign units on the battlefront. The Battalion participated in operations such as Colorado, Fresno, Nappa, and Golden Fleece.On March 2, 1970;
Hawaiibecame the next duty station for Company A. while the rest of the battalion was returned to Camp Pendleton by September 11, 1970. At Camp Pendleton the battalion became part of the 5th Marine Amphibious Brigade until it was deactivated and retired its colors on October 30, 1970.
The 9th Engineer Support Battalion was activated on May 1, 1976 on
Okinawa, Japan. Since activated, Camp Hansenhas served as home for the battalion.
Company A, 9th ESB was the lead element in planning and conducting humanitarian construction operations in
East Timorfrom September to December 2000. Additionally, they have completed several Habitat for Humanity projects in Bangladeshand South Korea.
Global War on Terror
9th ESB provided real-world operational support to Joint Task Force 510 (Special Operation Command),
Basilan Island, Philippinesin support of Operation Enduring Freedomfrom April to July 2002. By improving 81 kilometers of roads, creating helicopter landing zones, and opening an overgrown airfield, the Battalion improved the mobility of U.S. forces on the island during the Global War on Terrorism.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Platoon continues to supports de-mining efforts throughout the Pacific Theater and provides technician in support of Presidential Operations as required.
9th Engineer Support Battalion earned the Marine Corps Engineer Association award for the best engineer support battalion of the year for 2000 and 2001.
2007, 9th ESB returned from a seven month tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During the deployment they were based out of Camp Taqaddumin Al Anbar Provinceand built new roads, repaired buildings and constructed observation posts and command outposts for the Iraqi Armyand Coalition Forces. [cite web
title = 9th Engineer Support Battalion returns from Iraq to cheers, tears
work = Marine Corps News
publisher = United States Marine Corps
url = http://www.usmc.mil/marinelink/mcn2000.nsf/main5/998A81951ECDEDC2852572AD001BCDA2?opendocument
accessdate = 2007-03-30]
List of United States Marine Corps battalions
Organization of the United States Marine Corps
* [http://www.3mlg.usmc.mil/9THESB.html 9th ESB's official website]
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