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2nd Marine Logistics Group

Camp Lejeune, N.C.

2nd Maintenance Battalion receives Chesty Puller Award

By Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | January 25, 2013

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Marines with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group stand in formation as Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox, the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, presents the Chesty Puller Award in recognition of outstanding leadership during a ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 23, 2013. The unit completed approximately 1,600 repair orders and maintained an average maintenance readiness rating of 96 percent.

Marines with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group stand in formation as Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox, the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, presents the Chesty Puller Award in recognition of outstanding leadership during a ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 23, 2013. The unit completed approximately 1,600 repair orders and maintained an average maintenance readiness rating of 96 percent. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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Lt. Col. Craig C. Clemans (left), the commanding officer of 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, salutes Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox (center), the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, as the general presents the battalion with the Chesty Puller Award for outstanding leadership aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 23, 2013. The unit was selected for the award for displaying uncanny force preservation and superior performance both on and off duty.

Lt. Col. Craig C. Clemans (left), the commanding officer of 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, salutes Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox (center), the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, as the general presents the battalion with the Chesty Puller Award for outstanding leadership aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 23, 2013. The unit was selected for the award for displaying uncanny force preservation and superior performance both on and off duty. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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Lt. Col. Craig C. Clemans (right), the commanding officer of 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, stands in front of his Marines and sailors to receive the Chesty Puller Award from the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force during a ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 23, 2013. The Chesty Puller Award is given to units that represent outstanding leadership from noncommissioned officers, staff noncommissioned officers and officers in support of II MEF operations.

Lt. Col. Craig C. Clemans (right), the commanding officer of 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, stands in front of his Marines and sailors to receive the Chesty Puller Award from the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force during a ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 23, 2013. The Chesty Puller Award is given to units that represent outstanding leadership from noncommissioned officers, staff noncommissioned officers and officers in support of II MEF operations. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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Lt. Col. Craig C. Clemans (left), the commanding officer of 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, poses for a picture after receiving the Chesty Puller Award from Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox [right], the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 23, 2013. The award recognizes units for outstanding leadership and support of II MEF operations.

Lt. Col. Craig C. Clemans (left), the commanding officer of 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, poses for a picture after receiving the Chesty Puller Award from Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox [right], the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 23, 2013. The award recognizes units for outstanding leadership and support of II MEF operations. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox (right), the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, speaks to Marines with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group about the great leadership the battalion has during a ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 23, 2013. The Chesty Puller Award recognizes units that display uncanny force preservation and superior performance both on and off duty.

Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox (right), the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, speaks to Marines with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group about the great leadership the battalion has during a ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 23, 2013. The Chesty Puller Award recognizes units that display uncanny force preservation and superior performance both on and off duty. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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The Chesty Puller Award towers in front of the Marines and sailors with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group as the unit receives recognition for outstanding leadership during a ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 23, 2013. One unit receives the Chesty Puller Award every year in recognition of outstanding support of the Marine Corps’ fighting strength and great performance both on and off duty.

The Chesty Puller Award towers in front of the Marines and sailors with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group as the unit receives recognition for outstanding leadership during a ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 23, 2013. One unit receives the Chesty Puller Award every year in recognition of outstanding support of the Marine Corps’ fighting strength and great performance both on and off duty. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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Marines with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group carry the Chesty Puller Award during a ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 23, 2013. The award recognized the unit for displaying suburb force preservation and superior performance both on and off duty.

Marines with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group carry the Chesty Puller Award during a ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 23, 2013. The award recognized the unit for displaying suburb force preservation and superior performance both on and off duty. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Second Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group received the Chesty Puller Award during a ceremony here, Jan. 23.

The award recognizes one unit every year in II Marine Expeditionary Force that displays an uncanny ability to maintain the Marine Corps’ fighting strength and great performance both on and off duty.

The battalion’s nearly 1,000 servicemembers make up only a small portion of the II MEF fighting power, which consists of more than 62,000 Marines and sailors.

“It really represents the outstanding leadership on every level,” said Lt. Col. Craig C. Clemans, a Valparaiso, Ind. native, and the battalion’s commanding officer. “This is based on leadership, and in the Marine Corps, that’s the first, last and most important trait a Marine can have. When you exhibit that and are recognized for it, I’m not sure there is a higher honor for a unit.”

The battalion earned the award for completing approximately 1,600 repair orders and earning a 96 percent average maintenance readiness. Second Maint. Bn. also sent more than 340 Marines to military educational courses, which increased the professional expertise of the unit.

“I really appreciate the great support you give [II MEF],” said Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox, the commanding general of II MEF. “You have a wonderful battalion here – from noncommissioned officers, staff noncommissioned officers and officers, and the fact you work together to keep this MEF running.”

In addition, 2nd Maint. Bn. promoted 435 servicemembers and awarded 582 medals ranging from the Purple Heart to medals for good conduct.

“This is about the Marines,” said Sgt. Maj. Scott M. Schmitt, the battalion sergeant major. “We are fortunate to lead the Marines, but it’s the hard work and dedication of the Marines because without them this is impossible.”


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  • Nick 260 days ago
    Good job 2nd Maine!

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