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1st Battalion 4th Marines Scout/Sniper Platoon Reunion (2016)

On Saturday August 27, 2016, current and former members of 1stBattalion 4th Marines Scout/Sniper Platoon met at Camp Pendleton, CA for the second year in a row to honor their fallen and rekindle the bonds of brotherhood. Beginning at 6:30 a.m. and ending at sundown, the reunion consisted of a memorial hike in the morning and a cookout in the afternoon.


Reunion attendees met for the memorial hike at Camp Horno, within Camp Pendleton, at 6:30 a.m. Camp Pendleton serves as the base for the 1st Marine Division. Camp Horno serves as the base for 1st Battalion 4thMarines- a subordinate unit within the 1st Marine Division. From 6:30-8:00 a.m., friends and colleagues from the sniper platoon greeted one another and caught up on life. For most of the attendees, it had been a year since they saw one another.
This was also a time to organize and pack supplies for the hike up to the memorial. Supplies included water, energy drinks, and alcohol. In addition, supplies were needed to add to and maintain the platoon memorial.

In keeping with standard operating procedures used while serving as Marines, a safety brief was issued to the attendees prior to stepping off on the hike. Reunion participants began the hike from Camp Horno to the memorial around 8 a.m.


For the first mile or so, the terrain was relatively flat and easy to traverse. Individual groups of friends chatted jovially while hiking this initial leg of the route.


As the route grew longer, the elevation increased and the ground became harder to navigate. Groups began to separate and the line of hikers grew longer and more dispersed as individuals started to slow and take breaks.
Matt Victoriano

Matt served as a Marine Scout/Sniper Chief Scout and Team Leader from 2000-2004. During 2003, he participated in the invasion of Iraq and returned one year later to conduct operations in Al Anbar and Babylon provinces. Since leaving the Marines, Mr. Victoriano has stayed current on national security and foreign policy issues through training, research, and consulting with various organizations and businesses.

Recently, he was recognized as a White House Champion of Change through his work on veterans issues.

Matt Victoriano subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.



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