team dark horse

laguna hills' support group for marine battalion 3/5

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So many ways to give

Team Dark Horse is a 501(c)(3)non-profit (ID # 27-4526336).  We run a tight ship, so please know that 100% of your donations will go directly to the support of Marine Battalion 3/5 and its families.

We have many volunteer opportunities!  Click here for more info.

Many thanks to the organizations and businesses that help us throughout the year.  We honor them for honoring our Marines, and hope you give your thanks whenever you visit: 

  • Heidelberg Pastry Shop
  • Big Bad Wolfe Ironworks
  • Nellie Gail Homeowners Association
  • Florence Sylvester Community Center
  • Laguna Hills Mall
  • City of Laguna Hills (Community Center and City Hall
  • Hills' Angels

If your business is interested in participating with TDH in any way, please contact us at

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3rd Battalion, 5th Marine, 1st Division - official USMC site:

NPR piece on the Sangin Deployment:

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Team Dark Horse does more than organize events for our Marines.  Sometimes we get our hands dirty

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As part of their commitment to supporting the San Diego regional military community, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced the launch of the 2014 SDG&E Military and Veterans Giving Initiative.  Local organizations were invited to apply to receive grants through the initiative that would support their work.  Karen Robbins, TDH Chair, submitted an application and was thrilled to announce that SDG&E approved the application and awarded Team Dark Horse $5,000.  In the words of Duane Cave of SDG&E, “…$5,000 in support of programs and services for Marines and families of the fallen, spouses and children.”  New TDH member, retired Marine (and veteran of the Sangin deployment), Raymond Orozco, has agreed to assist the committee in overseeing how the funds will be distributed.  Thank you SDG&E!

Camp Pendleton is a busy place, and a big one.  Dark Horse Marines occupy a portion of the Base called Camp San Mateo. Tucked away among office buildings and bunk houses of Camp San Mateo, is a small chapel – the Vincent Capodanno Chapel.  In the early days of Team Dark Horse, Founding Father Mike Bland noticed the small chapel and the sorry state of the area surrounding it.  The interior of the chapel itself was inviting, but the stark dirt area around it moved Mike to action.

Not only was the area inaccessible by wheelchair, the rocky, uneven terrain made it difficult to walk on.  Mike had a vision to make the chapel and the surrounding area into a “destination” place for 3/5 Marines.  He enlisted other early members of TDH to help him build a deck dedicated to the 25 Fallen Marines from the Sangin deployment.  The first big project of TDH was underway.

Duane Cave, Regional Public Affairs  Manager for SDG&E presents Chairman Karen Robbins and TDH members with a $5,000 check.

Welcome Teen Dark Horse!

Alex Gillespie, a Laguna Hills High School junior successfully established Teen Darkhorse as an official school club during Club rush in October.   She had to sign up a minimum of 10 students, per school rules.  Alex’s enthusiasm for Team Dark Horse inspired 40 (!) Hawks to sign up.

Two of the students who joined Teen Dark Horse shared what motivated them to get involved.  Alex Zoch says “I joined Teen Dark Horse because I’m hoping to make a difference and show the Marines how thankful I am for the freedom they fight for.”  Hannah Milligan joined because “I think it’s a great club with a great mission.  I’m looking forward to making the Marines feel welcomed home and thank them for their amazing service.”

Club founder Alex and mother, Vanessa Kon, wasted no time in leading the club during their first activity - making decorations that were hung from the door knobs in the single Marines barracks when they arrived home from deployment.  They made muffins and wrote letters of gratitude that were given to the Marines.  The high schoolers are looking forward to interacting with the Marines and building bonds that will generate goodwill for years to come.
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Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and mingle with neighbors, musicians and Marines at our first event fundraiser – SHOWCASE FOR VALOR!

DATE:  Saturday, May 23, 2015
TIME:  6:00 PM Dinner
            7:00 PM Showcase
WHERE:  Gallup Park (Nellie Gail Road & Gallup Dr.)

Music coordinator Bernie Wolfe will deliver an evening of entertainment featuring local musicians and artists in a benefit to support wounded veterans and enlisted Marines.

Local vendors will be on hand to provide alfresco dining options for purchase.

SHOwcase for valor

A FUN memorial weekend EVENING

Members of Team Dark Horse were among invited guests at the Change of Command Ceremony held at Camp Pendleton on January 14, as LtCol Robert C. Rice, Commanding Officer of our city’s adopted 3rd  Battalion, 5th Marines,  “passed over the colors” to the incoming Commanding Officer, LtCol Hunter R. Rawlings III.