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2nd Marine Logistics Group

Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Supply Marines use new system to distribute mission-critical items

By Pfc. Sullivan Laramie | 2nd Marine Logistics Group | March 25, 2013

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Marines with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group refill a fuel truck, which belongs to 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, during a resupply mission as part of the joint training exercise Rolling Thunder at Fort Bragg, March 14, 2013. Detachments with 2nd MLG performed support roles such as resupply and maintenance for 10th Marines during the exercise.

Marines with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group refill a fuel truck, which belongs to 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, during a resupply mission as part of the joint training exercise Rolling Thunder at Fort Bragg, March 14, 2013. Detachments with 2nd MLG performed support roles such as resupply and maintenance for 10th Marines during the exercise. (Photo by Pfc. Sullivan Laramie)


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Tactical vehicles that belong to 2nd Marine Logistics Group’s logistics combat element line up after a resupply mission with 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division during the joint training exercise Rolling Thunder at Fort Bragg, N.C., March 14, 2013. A logistics combat element with 2nd MLG provided 10th Marines with supplies and equipment-maintenance support during the 19-day exercise.

Tactical vehicles that belong to 2nd Marine Logistics Group’s logistics combat element line up after a resupply mission with 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division during the joint training exercise Rolling Thunder at Fort Bragg, N.C., March 14, 2013. A logistics combat element with 2nd MLG provided 10th Marines with supplies and equipment-maintenance support during the 19-day exercise. (Photo by Pfc. Sullivan Laramie)


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A Marine with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group guides a forklift as it prepares to offload a pallet of supplies during a resupply operation with 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., March 14, 2013. Detachments from 2nd MLG formed a logistics combat element to support 10th Marines during the 19-day joint training exercise Rolling Thunder.

A Marine with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group guides a forklift as it prepares to offload a pallet of supplies during a resupply operation with 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., March 14, 2013. Detachments from 2nd MLG formed a logistics combat element to support 10th Marines during the 19-day joint training exercise Rolling Thunder. (Photo by Pfc. Sullivan Laramie)


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Marines with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group prepare a pallet of food for 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division during the joint training exercise Rolling Thunder at Fort Bragg, N.C., March 14, 2013. Several detachments from 2nd MLG formed a logistics combat element and provided supply and maintenance support for 10th Marines throughout Rolling Thunder.

Marines with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group prepare a pallet of food for 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division during the joint training exercise Rolling Thunder at Fort Bragg, N.C., March 14, 2013. Several detachments from 2nd MLG formed a logistics combat element and provided supply and maintenance support for 10th Marines throughout Rolling Thunder. (Photo by Pfc. Sullivan Laramie)


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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- A logistics combat element with 2nd Marine Logistics Group used the Global Combat Support System to sustain 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.

The LCE spent nearly three weeks providing food, water and ammunition for the regiment as part of joint training exercise Rolling Thunder, which began March 7.

The exercise gave the LCE an opportunity to practice the GCSS, which is used to communicate and respond to supply and maintenance requests and is new to the unit.

“The question is, ‘Is the system ready to be used in a true deployed environment?’” said Lt. Col. Jesse A. Kemp, an Ardmore, Okla., native and the commander of 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd MLG. “For II (Marine Expeditionary Force), the system is only a year old, and we rarely get an opportunity to test it in an environment that truly simulates combat scenarios.”

The system serves as a single source of information that improves Marines’ abilities to provide supply, maintenance and transportation support, and reduces problems with conflicting data.
The Marines did not have the room to store all of the supplies at Fort Bragg they needed to distribute there. Instead, they sent long-range convoys approximately 140 miles to retrieve supplies almost every day.

“We’re practicing full-spectrum battlefield distribution,” said Kemp. “Sometimes that means we have to reach back to Camp Lejeune, simulating that it is a part of the battlefield, possibly a port where supplies are coming ashore.”

Timeliness was important for the LCE, and the Marines prepared early for scheduled resupply missions, said Cpl. Michael S. Melion, an Ocean, N.J., native and chief quality control manager for the general support motor transport detachment.

“We start loading the trucks at 8 a.m., so when 5 p.m. rolls around, we can head out,” said Melion. “We get it done early just in case 10th Marines needs the supplies in a hurry.”

The element demonstrated an ability to deliver supply parts, fuel and water in accordance with 10th Marines’ operational goals on time.

“The operations so far are outstanding,” said Capt. Robert A. Foulkes, a Long Island, N.Y., native and commanding officer of the LCE. “We’ve met the mark on every request that has come in.”
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