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Timothy La Sage
Timothy La Sage was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin on June 14, 1975. He joined the Marine Corps during his senior year at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in WI. After graduating boot camp at MCRD San Diego he completed Infantry training at Camp Pendleton, CA. Lance Corporal La Sage then attended and graduated Security Force School. There, he was selected to try out for F.A.S.T. Company (Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Teams).

At the end of 1993, Private First Class La Sage was assigned to F.A.S.T. Company. F.A.S.T. Company had direct action missions in several areas during La Sage’s tour, to include Somalia, Haiti, Scotland/England and several in-country missions. La Sage attended a variety job related schools during his tour with F.A.S.T.

In 1996, Corporal La Sage moved to Camp Pendleton California and began work with 2nd Battalion 4th Marines where he deployed to Okinawa, Japan for a routine rotation deployment. Upon his return, Timothy went to 1st Marine Division Schools to teach Military Operations in Urban Terrain. For the next year and a half Sergeant LA Sage would train the units deploying in urban areas. His school also trained many law enforcement officers in urban situations.

In December 1998, Sergeant La Sage received orders to the School of Infantry where for the next two years he taught Marines in basic infantry skills. During his tour with SOI, Sergeant La Sage was awarded two Navy Achievement Medals for life saving actions within 24 hours.

In December 2000, Sergeant La Sage returned back to California to 2nd Battalion 5th Marines. Timothy was assigned to Fox Company 2/5. Fox 2/5 was the boat company for the unit. 2/5 deployed to Okinawa, Japan again on the 4th of July 2001. During the September 11th tragedies 2/5 boarded naval ships and headed to sea. Sergeant La Sages went to East Timor for a humanitarian mission and the Philippians in support of a hostage situation.

In January 2002, Sgt La Sage assisted the Military Police aboard Camp Pendleton, CA. He attended MP in service academy and received the additional MOS of 5811. As an MP, Sgt La Sage started as a Gate NCO until moving to becoming a road unit.

Back in Fox 2/5 Sgt La Sage deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom February 2003. Sgt la Sage was assigned as the Division react platoon attached to 2nd Tank Battalion who was leading the movement through Iraq.

Upon returning from Iraq in August 2003 Sgt LA Sage was promoted to Staff Sergeant. SSgt La Sage was assigned to the Scout Sniper Platoon Sergeant. September 2004 SSgt La Sage deployed back to Iraq. They were assigned Ar Ramadi, the neighbor of Fallujah. Staff Sergeant La Sage was injured and medically evacuated. Once returning home from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, SSgt La Sage eventually was assigned to Wounded Warrior Regiment.

Staff Sergeant La Sage was reassigned to G Company 2nd Bn 24th Marines which is located at his home of record so he would be able to fully recover. While at 2/24 Staff Sergeant La Sage deployed as the Staff Non Commission Officer in Charge to Curacao, Netherlands for a Dutch Marine exchange program. After returning from the exchange, he was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant. GySgt La Sage was the SNCOIC for a follow on force unit of over sixty Marines. He took those Marines to Camp Pendleton, CA to organize, set up, and execute a complete pre-deployment training and readiness schedule over a two month period, then ensured they properly flew out and met there unit in Iraq. Gunnery Sergeant La Sage was then asked by 4th Marine Division to train another battalion; 2nd Battalion 25th Marines, in entirety.

GySgt La Sage was assigned to 1st Battalion 1st Marines, Charlie Company at Camp Pendleton, California where he was the Company Gunnery Sergeant. 1/1 deployed in support of OEF with the 13th MEU. GySgt La Sage was assigned as the primary helicopter company while on the USS Boxer (4). During this deployment the 13th MEU took GySgt La Sage and his company and relocated them in Djibouti, Africa for three months.

In November GySgt La Sage was promoted to 1st Sergeant and reassigned as the 1&1 1st Sgt of Madison, Wisconsin.

1st Sergeant La Sage‘s personal awards include two Purple Heart Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals (two with Combat Valor), two Navy Achievement Medals, The Presidential Unit Citation, five Good Conduct Medals and a Combat Action Ribbon.

1st Sergeant La Sage is married to the former Jessica Hubmer and has three daughters; Jade, Kenadie, and Stevie Jaimes.

Read A Sniper's Tale of Survival in Ramadi on Scout.com

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