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Seventeenth Recon Regiment

Unit Profile (as of 3145)


Anjelah "Itehtah'o" Camacho











Widely known by their nickname Camacho's Caballeros, the 17th Recon Regiment (sometimes abbreviated "17th Recon") is amercenary
unit featured in the BattleTech novels Close Quarters,Hearts of Chaos, and Black Dragon, all written by Victor Miln. Their unit strength at the
beginning of Close Quarters (circa 3057) is roughly a regiment in size, with three full battalions of 'Mechs and an unspecified number of infantry.

Notable members of Camacho's Caballeros include Cassie Suthorn(the main character of Close Quarters and who has a hobby of defeating
BattleMechs whilst she is on foot) and Colonel Carlos Camacho. The unit appeared to be composed of older 'Mechs, such as the Phoenix
Hawk, Shadow Hawk, and Wasp, though they are mentioned as being upgraded with double heat sinks and at least one C3 computer system.
No unifying color scheme or insignia is referred to in the novels. The 'Mechs seem to be custom painted and decorated by each pilot.

1 Unit History

1.1 The Dark Age

2 Officers

3 Tactics

4 Support

5 Dragoon Ratings

5.1 3067
6 Composition History

6.1 3040

6.2 3056

6.3 3067

6.4 3085

6.5 3145

7 Notes

8 Rules

8.1 3145

9 Gallery

10 References

11 Bibliography

Unit History[edit]
Close Quarters describes the unit as being composed of Free Worlds League natives, and having a diverse mix of different ethnicities. Many of the
members hail from the three impoverished worlds ofCerillos, Galisteo, and Sierra, the so-called "Trinity of Southwestern Worlds" on the League
edge of Periphery that are composed primarily of individuals of Hispanic descent. The novel also states the unit as being involved in battle against
the Clans, Colonel Carlos Camacho most notably piloting a captured Clan Smoke Jaguar Mad Cat. They are employed by the people of Crotch (in a
flashback) and, for the main part of the story, Chandrasekhar Kurita, the CEO ofHachiman Taro Electronics, which is based out of Hachiman.
The Caballeros have been key in foiling the plots of the Kokuryu-kai, as they did when the rebels attempted to conquer Towne from theFederated
Commonwealth. The Caballeros defeated the 15th Dieron Regulars there, earning the Draconis Combine a bruised ego as a line unit was

defeated by corporate mercenaries. The Regiment gains a fourth Battalion in wake of the fighting on Towne in 3058. Many of the 'Mechs and
equipment that would make up their new battalion came from the decimated Black Dragon-aligned forces which included the 15th Dieron Regulars and
its task force of supporting regiments. Prior to June, the unit received a mixed group of new recruits from the Southwest Trinity of worlds, which would
incorporate some survivors of the fighting on Towne. Robert "Navajo Wolf" Begay was promoted to Force Commander and became its commanding
officer. However many within the regiment were ill at ease with the new Battalion due to the nature of its creation and personnel. [1]
The Caballeros were again on hand at Coordinator Theodore Kurita's birthday celebration, which they were invited to as a thanks for their
involvement in the Towne debacle. There, they were able to escort both Theodore and Chandrasekhar to safety when the Otomo, the Coordinator's
bodyguard, attempted to assassinate him.
The Caballeros deployed after Operation Bulldog on some liberated worlds to protect Tanadi assets, and were attacked by forces fromClan Ghost
Bear[2]. The regiment survived the fighting, but lost Force Commander Bar-Kochba and many others of the battalion onLuzerne. Several of the
Cabelleros used Hitman scout 'Mechs to call in artillery strikes on the Ghost Bears. [3]
While in service to the Draconis Combine, the performance ofLieutenant Rosita Ramirez's custom Tarantula convinced the DCMSProcurement
Department to start using the 'Mech. [4]
Remaining with HTE, upon hearing of the imminent disintegration of order in the Free Worlds League and the heavy-handed treatment of rioters in the
Southwestern Trinity by the federally-employed mercenary unit Swann's Cavaliers resulting in the "Bad Rock Massacre", the Caballeros returned
home to defeat the Cavaliers and defend their homeworlds against all possible threats. The arrival of the Caballeros on Galisteo turned the tide against
the Cavaliers. The Caballeros destroyed most of the Cavaliers' AeroSpace equipment and the Cavaliers' Charlie Battalion was quickly eliminated. The
Caballeros then traveled to Sierra and Cerillos to liberate those worlds but found that the Cavaliers had withdrawn from both systems. With the Free
Worlds League destroyed and the Trinity Worlds on their own, Carlos Camacho assumed the office of President of Galisteo. [5]
In 3071 rumors suggested that the Caballeros would be working for the Lyran Alliance and be placed at the Clan Jade Falcon border.[6]The rumors
were overtaken by the malestrom of the Jihad; the Caballeros spent the remainder of the conflict defending worlds across the Duchy of TamarindAbbey. When the Lyran Alliance began annexing worlds from the former Free Worlds League in 3079 the Caballeros found themselves placed in an
invidiuous position, as one of the worlds annexed was Galisteo. [7]
Unwilling to see the Trinity Worlds subjected to further turmoil and conflict, the Caballeros negotiated a surrender to the Alliance that saw the
Caballeros signing an eight-year employment contract. Consequently, the Caballeros were back in combat in 3080, when they spent nine months
defending various worlds against raids and attacks originating from the worlds of the former Circinus Federation.[7]

The Dark Age[edit]

The Caballeros were less successful in the face of a Marian Hegemony attack on Merton in 3092, and the Marians conquered and held that world for
the next two years. However, after the battle for Merton the Caballeros enjoyed a relatively quiet two decades. The next major action the Caballeros
saw was then they had the opportunity to work alongside Wolf's Dragoons during the Dragoons' first combat operations of the thirty-second century;

raiding worlds within the Duchy of Tamarind-Abbey in 3113,[7] the Caballeros fought alongside Gamma Regiment on Labouchere and

the Spider's Web Battalion on Saltillo[8] clashing with the Second Tamarind Regulars on both worlds. The Caballeros fought the Second to a
draw on Saltillo, but were forced to retreat from Labouchere. [7]

In 3106 the commanding officer of the Caballeros, Jesus Camacho - son of former commander Gaviln Comacho - died; command of the Caballeros
was taken up by his wife, Anjelah Camacho. Anjelah "Itehtah'o" Camacho was the daughter of famed Caballeros scout Cassie Suthorn, and she was
quick to reaffirm the Caballeros commitment to defending the Trinity Worlds; as such the Caballeros restricted themselves to only accepting contracts
from the Bolan Province of the Lyran Commonwealth and those contracts had to be defensive contracts that wouldn't violate the Caballeros
commitment to the peoples of the Trinity Worlds. [7]
Thirty years later the Caballeros captured the planet Simpson Desertfor the Commonwealth after a fierce campaign against the Third Tamarind
Regulars. Having taken Simpson's Dessert in 3137 the Caballeros were able to join in the attack on Tamarind in 3139, where the Caballeros Fourth
Battalion broke through the defenders lines at the Havison Flats, a decisive action that allowed the allied forces to push forward and capture Zanzibar.
The Caballeros actions on Simpson Desert and Tamarind cost them a battalion of 'Mechs, and the Commonwealth chose to release the Caballeros
from combat actions at that point, giving the regiment a chance to return to the Trinity Worlds to rest and recuperate. [7]
Following the reconstitution of the Free Worlds League the reformed Tamarind-Abbey District began a campaign to recapture lost worlds, leading to
battles between the Caballeros and League forces on bothCerillos and Galisteo. Both battles saw the Tamarind forces draw up overwhelming forces
against the Caballeros, forcing the mercenaries to surrender; the Caballeros negotiated similar terms to those under which they had surrendered the
Lyran Alliance in 3079. Once again, the Caballeros insisted on defending the Trinity Worlds, with their loyalty to the Free Worlds League being simply a
secondary extension of their fanatical dedication to their homeworlds. [7]

The commanding officer in 3067 was Carlos Camacho.
As of 3085 Colonel Gaviln Camacho is the commanding officer.[9]
In 3145 the commanding officer is Colonel Anjelah Camacho. [10]

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Dragoon Ratings[edit]
Dragoon Rating: B-

Composition History[edit]
Camacho's Caballeros (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[11]


17th Recon Regiment (Carlos Camacho's) (BattleMech Regiment)

CO: Colonel Carlos "Tiburon" Camacho

XO/Lt. Colonel Marisol "La Dama Muerte" Cabrera

1st Battalion - CO: Lt. Colonel Gordon Baird

2nd Battalion - CO: Force Commander Rabbi Bar-Kochba

3rd Battalion - CO: Force Commander Peter White Nose Pony

-Unit was noted to have 90+ BattleMechs. Colonel Camacho, pilots aClan Timberwolf named Great White, with shark teeth painted its cockpit-like

Infantry (1 Scout Platoon) - Infantry Commander: Captain "Badlands" Powell

17th Recon Regiment (Carlos Camacho's) (2 Battalions/Elite/Reliable)[13]

CO/Colonel: Carlos "Tiburon" Camacho

XO/Lt. Colonel: Gavilan "Falcon" Camacho

1st Battalion: Force Commander Kali "Dark Lady" MacDougall

4th Battalion: Force Commander Bobby "Navajo Wolf" Begay

Infantry (1 Scout Company)

Infantry Commander: Lt. Senior Grade Daniel "Rooster" Morgan

Heavy Aerospace Squadron

Wing Commander: Captain Sharon "Dragon" Omizuki

Camacho's Caballeros (Veteran/Fanatical)[9]

CO: Colonel Gaviln Camacho


Camacho's Caballeros (Veteran/Fanatical)[10]

CO: Colonel Anjelah Camacho

- At this point the Caballeros were operating at eighty percent of full strength.

When asked about the origin of the "17th Recon Regiment" designation on the CBT Forum, the official answer was that is was presumably
an oversight based on a unit patch depicted in the oldMercenary's Handbook for the 17th Recon Regiment; however this patch referred
to a sub-unit of the Eridani Light Horse, a distinctly different mercenary unit. [14]


Whenever the Caballeros are the defending force in a scenario they may choose all of the mapsheets used in that scenario. The
Caballeros may also begin play with twenty-five percent of their total force hidden, even if the scenario doesn't normally allow hidden



Jump up Black Dragon, pp. 72-73


Jump up Field Manual: Mercenaries: Revised, p. 54 - "The Caballeros deployed after Operation Bulldog on liberated
worlds to protect Tanadi"


Jump up Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade, p. 18


Jump up Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade, p. 12


Jump up Mercenaries Supplemental Update, p. 39


Jump up Mercenaries Supplemental Update, p. 39


Jump up to:7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Field Manual: 3145, p. 179-180, "Camacho's Caballeros"


Jump up Field Manual: 3145, p. 178, "Draconis Combine"


Jump up to:9.0 9.1 Field Manual: 3085, p. 160, "Mercenary Forces Deployment Table - 3085"


Jump up to:10.0 10.1 Field Manual: 3145, p. 182, "Notable Mercenary Forces - Free Worlds League"


Jump up Historical: War of 3039 , p. 140


Jump up Close Quarters p. 40, 60, 73, 79, 112- - Unit details and commanders as told in the novel.


Jump up 17th Recon Regiment and composition


Jump up In this thread ("17th Recon Regiment - also known as Camacho's Caballeros") on the CBT Forum


Jump up Field Manual: 3145, p. 211, "Camacho's Caballeros"


BattleTech: 25 Years of Art & Fiction - Ozymandias (Short Story)

Black Dragon

Close Quarters

Dawn of the Jihad

Field Manual: 3085

Field Manual: 3145

Field Manual: Mercenaries Revised

Hearts of Chaos

Historical: War of 3039

Jihad Hot Spots: 3070

Callie's call - Victor Milan's prequel story from the BattleCorps site (posted by 2005-10-22)

Objective Raids

Mercenaries Supplemental Update

Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade