Company First Sergeant
Welcome family and friends to Company I’s website.
At Company I, our mission is to train Marines to be riflemen through standards-based common combat skills training; these skills may save their life one day. Over the next 29 days your Marine will conduct tough, realistic training to prepare them for combat. The Combat Instructors, assigned to lead, teach and mentor your Marine, are some of the best and brightest Non-Commissioned Officers and Staff Non-Commissioned Officers the Marine Corps has to offer. These Instructors bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience in basic infantry skills, directly applicable to the current and future operations of the Marine Corps. We are fully dedicated to the training and education that Marines will receive while at Marine Combat Training Battalion. Regardless of their Military Occupational Specialty, our ultimate goal is training every Marine in basic infantry skills to be a rifleman. Please understand that your Marine will be involved in training for the next 29 days and most of this instruction will be in an austere training environment, with no access to computers or phones.
I hope that you all will be able to join us for the graduation ceremony that celebrates your Marine completing this rigorous 29 day training period. Again, thank you, for your support during this very important time, as your Marine continues their basic skills training for their professional development as a Marine.
To Incoming Students: I would like to begin by congratulating you on your recent graduation from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and earning the title United States Marine. Despite the array of Military Occupational Specialties that each of you is assigned, Marine Combat Training Battalion is designed to teach you the basic combat skills that makes each Marine a rifleman.
Over the 29 day training cycle, you will be challenged mentally and physically and I expect you to come prepared. You will be led and mentored by an elite group of Non-Commissioned Officers and Staff Non-Commissioned Officers whose combat experience and wealth of knowledge will be imparted upon you as you learn the basic combat skills that Marines have perfected over 235 years. I assure you, that upon graduation, you will have the comprehension and confidence required to sustain the Marine Corps’ reputation as the world’s finest fighting force.
Thank you, Marines and families, for your patriotism and service; and, for answering the call to defend this great nation during a time of conflict.
1stLt J. A. Panikowski
India Company Commander