Force Reconnaissance (FORECON) is one of the United States Marine Corps’ special operations capable forces which supplies military intelligence to the command element of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force, supporting task force commanders and subordinate units of the Fleet Marine Force. Historically, Force Recon was the premier Marine Corps special operations unit, performing deep reconnaissance and direct action operations for USSOCOM.
There are three Force Reconnaissance companies of I, II, and III MEF are currently the only active components of force-level reconnaissance; whereas the 3rd and 4th FORECON are the Selected Reserve force reconnaissance assets available to augment and reinforce the Fleet Marine Force.
United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance (Force Recon) units are special-purposes units roughly analogous to the Navy SEALs, Air Force Air Commandos, or U.S. Army Special Forces and are widely recognized as the “special operations forces” of the United States Marine Corps. Marine Force Recon personnel, or “operators”, perform highly specialized, small scale, high-risk operations, such as:
- Amphibious and deep ground surveillance.
- Assisting in specialized technical missions such as Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, Radio, sensors and beacons, etc.
- Assisting in ordnance delivery (i.e., designating targets for close air support, artillery and naval gunfire.
- Conducting direct action raids, such as gas and oil platform (GOPLATS) raids and the capture of specific personnel or sensitive materials.
- Counter Insurgency Operations
- Behind Enemy Lines Assault
- Deep Reconnaissance
- Hostage prisoner of war rescue.
- Unconventional warfare
- Foreign Internal Defense
FORECON has an aptly fitting Moto: Celer, Silens, Mortalis – “Swift, Silent, Deadly”. This coin is dedicated to the tough fighting spirit and proud military tradition of the United States Marine Corps.
The coin’s obverse shows a smiling skull with the other iconic symbols, the parachute, diver and knife . The reverse shows the official USMC seal. This handsome challenge coin is minted in a brass alloy, given an antique bronze finish, and is embolden with durable and attractive enamel.
Each coin measures 1 3/4 inch (44mm) in diameter.