“The Battalion conducted a Memorial Service at the Base Chapel to remember and honor the fallen Marines from the deployment to Iraq in support of OIF.” — Source: 3/3 Command Chronology for the Period 01 October to 31 December 2006 Read more
“On 13 October Weapons and Lima Company conducted their Change of Command Ceremonies at Dewey Square. On 17 October Kilo and H&S Company conducted their Change of Command Ceremonies in the field behind the armory.” — Source: 3/3 Command Chronology for the Period 01 October to 31 December 2006 Read more
“The Battalion Main Body redeployed to the Marine Corps Base Hawaii from Kuwait.” Source — 3/3 Command Chronology for the Period 01 October to 31 December 2006 Read more
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device
Heroic achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving as Team Leader and Squad Leader, 1st Squad, 4th Platoon, Company K, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, Regimental Combat Team-7, I Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, from March to September 2006 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Assigned as a team leader at the commencement of combat operations, he assumed the responsibilities for his squad midway through the deployment with no disruption to the company’s operations. On 30 July 2006, his squad was subjected to an Anti-Iraqi Force small arms fire attack while conducting security operations in Haqlaniyah. He positively identified the enemy and fearlessly led his squad as they returned fire and maneuvered onto the Anti-Iraqi Force position. During a subsequent attack, he exposed himself to enemy fire in order to properly control the actions of his squad and to direct fire onto enemy positions. In both instances, his courage, leadership and decisive actions under fire, helped disrupt a determined enemy attack. Corporal Asay’s initiative, perseverance and total dedication to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
“In the afternoon of June 3, outside the Marines forwarding operating base located in the violent city of Haqlaniyah, three insurgents armed with automatic rifles and wearing face masks opened fire on Marines working in front of the barrier-laden base.The Marines returned fire and two minutes later, another squad of Marines flooded the streets outside the forward operating base… and launched an overwhelming counter-attack that resulted in two of three insurgents dead within 10 minutes.” — Source: 1st Marine Division Press Release