FIRST CITY RIFLE CORPS HISTORY
In May 1985 The First City Rifle Corps (FCRC) was created by Captain Andre Coloumbe and Master Sergeants Terry Lee, as a Boy Scouts of America Military Explorer Post. Post 124 was initially sponsored by the 1/144th Field Artillery California National Guard unit in Van Nuys, California; then sponsored by the Air National Guard in Van Nuys, California. The mission of the FCRC is to produce a competent small unit leader who is confident that he can lead and overcome all obstacles to accomplish the mission while motivating young people to be better citizens, students and better Americans.
Training is in line with subjects individual soldiers are taught to round out their individual skills. The collective training is designed to train individuals to work together as a team to accomplish specific goals. The training given prepares the individuals for military training, if they desire, and also prepares them for life as an adult. As time goes on, so does the FCRC, in that the FCRC ranks are expanding. In 1987 two more units were organized with Company A in Redlands, California and Company B in Los Alamitos, California. To encourage high morale and esprit de corps, the training was expanded to include voluntary courses such as Airborne School, Recondo School, SERE School and SCUBA School.
The FCRC conducts training with the California National Guard and The Army Reserve at locations such as Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base and Camp Roberts, Army California National Guard Camp. At the military bases, the Riflemen are taught marksmanship and to qualify with a military weapon. The main emphasis of weapons training is weapons safety in addition to weapons familiarization.
The Seal was adopted the beginning of the Millennium. It signifies all of the aspects and traditions of the First City Rifle Corps. It contains the eagle, the Unit Patch, Flash with Crest, Unit Flag and American flag and the year the unit was founded. The Teal blue background represents the Army’s Infantry, upon which FCRC bases its skills.
The three lightning bolts come from the Special Forces patch, which signifies their mobility over land, sea, and air. In FCRC, the Recondo, Airborne, and SCUBA Schools represent our three lightning bolts. The crossed muskets represent the Army’s Infantry upon which FCRC bases its skills. The “124” is our Explorer Scout post number. The colors of the Unit Patch consist of: Teal Blue background, Gold lightning bolts and Black rifles.
The beret signifies the individual’s completion and acknowledgment of his skills. The black beret is worn by Recondo’s, the maroon beret is worn by our very own Airborne troopers. In the past this flash represented Van Nuys and Monroe High School participation as a joint Recondo School Program. Presently, this flash became FCRC’s own flash which represents the individual’s involvement in our special elite programs.