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2nd Marine Logistics Group

Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Double time: 2nd Marine Logistics Group claims the streets

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

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Sgt. Maj. George W. Young Jr., the sergeant major of 2nd Marine Logistics Group, speaks to Marines and sailors with the unit after a unit three-mile run aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 25, 2013. Young inspired the servicemembers to make sure they are doing the right thing even when no one is looking.

Sgt. Maj. George W. Young Jr., the sergeant major of 2nd Marine Logistics Group, speaks to Marines and sailors with the unit after a unit three-mile run aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 25, 2013. Young inspired the servicemembers to make sure they are doing the right thing even when no one is looking. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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Marines and sailors with 2nd Marine Logistics Group make a formation before starting a three-mile run during a unit run at Soifert field aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 25, 2013. Brig. Gen. Edward D. Banta, the commanding general of 2nd MLG led the Marines and sailors as companies yelled cadences.

Marines and sailors with 2nd Marine Logistics Group make a formation before starting a three-mile run during a unit run at Soifert field aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 25, 2013. Brig. Gen. Edward D. Banta, the commanding general of 2nd MLG led the Marines and sailors as companies yelled cadences. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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Marines and sailors with 2nd Marine Logistics Group run in formation approximately three miles during a unit run at Soifert field aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 25, 2013. Noncommissioned officers with the unit led their companies in the run by yelling cadences to motivate each other.

Marines and sailors with 2nd Marine Logistics Group run in formation approximately three miles during a unit run at Soifert field aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 25, 2013. Noncommissioned officers with the unit led their companies in the run by yelling cadences to motivate each other. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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Marines and sailors with 2nd Marine Logistics Group get into formations as Sgt. Maj. George W. Young Jr., the sergeant major of 2nd MLG, prepares to speak to the servicemembers during a three-mile unit run aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 25, 2013. The command staff of 2nd MLG spoke to the servicemembers about current events happening to deployed troops with the MLG and expectations for the future.

Marines and sailors with 2nd Marine Logistics Group get into formations as Sgt. Maj. George W. Young Jr., the sergeant major of 2nd MLG, prepares to speak to the servicemembers during a three-mile unit run aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 25, 2013. The command staff of 2nd MLG spoke to the servicemembers about current events happening to deployed troops with the MLG and expectations for the future. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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Marines and sailors with 2nd Marine Logistics Group arrive at Soifert field after completing a unit run aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 25, 2013. Brig. Gen. Edward D. Banta, the commanding general of 2nd MLG led the servicemembers from the front of the formation as they ran around the base.

Marines and sailors with 2nd Marine Logistics Group arrive at Soifert field after completing a unit run aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 25, 2013. Brig. Gen. Edward D. Banta, the commanding general of 2nd MLG led the servicemembers from the front of the formation as they ran around the base. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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Marines and sailors with 2nd Marine Logistics Group run towards Soifert field during a unit three-mile run aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 25, 2013. A Marine holds his company flag high in the sky showing his unit pride as the platoon yells cadences.

Marines and sailors with 2nd Marine Logistics Group run towards Soifert field during a unit three-mile run aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 25, 2013. A Marine holds his company flag high in the sky showing his unit pride as the platoon yells cadences. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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Brig. Gen. Edward D. Banta, the commanding general of 2nd Marine Logistics Group speaks to Marines and sailors with the unit about current events happening to servicemembers with the unit overseas after a three-mile run aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 25, 2013. Banta told the servicemembers “there is absolutely nothing like being ahead of a formation and seeing about 3,500 Marines and sailors going down the road. If the base didn’t know that the MLG was around before, today they definitely knew and made your presence known.”

Brig. Gen. Edward D. Banta, the commanding general of 2nd Marine Logistics Group speaks to Marines and sailors with the unit about current events happening to servicemembers with the unit overseas after a three-mile run aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 25, 2013. Banta told the servicemembers “there is absolutely nothing like being ahead of a formation and seeing about 3,500 Marines and sailors going down the road. If the base didn’t know that the MLG was around before, today they definitely knew and made your presence known.” (Photo by Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols)


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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- The sun is dim, the day is early, sweat covers the Marines and sailors; this is only normal for a 2nd Marine Logistic Group servicemember.

Troops run with the colors through the streets raising the flags high in the sky. Cadences roar throughout the base as “Marine Corps” explodes out of their mouths.

Physical training is normal to the Marines but motivation is always higher when the commanding general is leading from the front.

Marines and sailors with 2nd Marine Logistics Group went on approximately a three-mile unit run here, April 25.

“It was good physical training, a good day to be alive, and a good day to be in the MLG,” said Sgt. Maj. George W. Young Jr., the sergeant major of 2nd MLG.

As companies yelled louder and louder, competing with each other to prove who was the loudest, the noise evolved and drove the Marines and sailors to a spiritual high.

“This is terrific to see everybody out here this morning,” said Brig. Gen. Edward D. Banta, the commanding general of 2nd MLG. “There is absolutely nothing like being ahead of a formation and seeing about 3,500 Marines and sailors going down the road. If the base didn’t know that the MLG was around before, today they definitely knew and made your presence known.”

After completion of the run, servicemembers formed formations around the command staff as they spoke to the MLG. The commanding general briefed the troops the status and current events of what the deployed Marines and sailors with the group are doing currently in foreign countries.

“We need to be better about taking care of what we have and getting back to the basics of fixing and maintaining instead of throwing away and buying new,” said Banta.

These points were brought up by the command staff because of the recent budget cuts the Marine Corps is undergoing. Therefore, Banta gives his expectations to the Marines and sailors with the MLG.

“There are Marines everywhere doing stuff,” said Banta. “With 40 percent of us deployed, the remaining 60 percent has to pick up the load to support II Marine Expeditionary Force.”

“That means more loads are getting put into your rucks,” said Banta. “Regardless what you do, you play a role ensuring that II Marine Expeditionary Force and the Marine Corps is successful in its mission.”

As the morning event came to an end, the commanding general’s words gave more than just motivation to some troops.

“It was nice to get out and run as a group,” said Lance Cpl. James T. Barnes, a Satellite Beach, Fla., native and financial clerk with Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd MLG. “It felt great to be a part of something that is bigger than one self.”


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