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2nd Marine Logistics Group

Camp Lejeune, N.C.

CLR-2 convoy tests logistics envelope

By Cpl. Paul Peterson | | September 01, 2013

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Lance Cpl. Andrew Hodge, a Madison, Conn., native and motor vehicle operator with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), grimaces after repairing a break assembly on his vehicle in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2013. Hodge's truck took part in a convoy of more than 30 vehicles, which provided simultaneous support to Forward Operating Bases Shir Ghazi and Shukvani.

Lance Cpl. Andrew Hodge, a Madison, Conn., native and motor vehicle operator with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), grimaces after repairing a break assembly on his vehicle in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2013. Hodge's truck took part in a convoy of more than 30 vehicles, which provided simultaneous support to Forward Operating Bases Shir Ghazi and Shukvani. (Photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)


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Clouds of dust fill the air as a convoy of vehicles with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), conducts a logistics patrol Aug. 22, 2013, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. More than 30 vehicles took part in the convoy, which provided simultaneous support to Forward Operating Bases Shir Ghazi and Shukvani.

Clouds of dust fill the air as a convoy of vehicles with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), conducts a logistics patrol Aug. 22, 2013, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. More than 30 vehicles took part in the convoy, which provided simultaneous support to Forward Operating Bases Shir Ghazi and Shukvani. (Photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)


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Sgt. Jonathan Vasquez, a New York City police officer and Marine with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), jokes with a fellow Marine at a forward operating base in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 23, 2013. Vasquez joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17 and became a member of the New York City Police Department.

Sgt. Jonathan Vasquez, a New York City police officer and Marine with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), jokes with a fellow Marine at a forward operating base in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 23, 2013. Vasquez joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17 and became a member of the New York City Police Department. (Photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)


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A combat logistics patrol conducted by Combat Logistics Regiment 2. Regional Command (Southwest), crests a hill in Helmand province, Afghanistan, during a resupply operation Aug. 22, 2013. More than 30 vehicles took part in the convoy, which provided simultaneous support to Forward Operating Bases Shir Ghazi and Shukvani.

A combat logistics patrol conducted by Combat Logistics Regiment 2. Regional Command (Southwest), crests a hill in Helmand province, Afghanistan, during a resupply operation Aug. 22, 2013. More than 30 vehicles took part in the convoy, which provided simultaneous support to Forward Operating Bases Shir Ghazi and Shukvani. (Photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)


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Lance Cpl. Dylan Freed, an Alma, Mich., native and vehicle recovery operator with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), hoses flour-like sand off his uniform at Combat Outpost Erdevi in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2013. The fine sand rose to ankle height and filled the air as vehicles moved around the outpost.

Lance Cpl. Dylan Freed, an Alma, Mich., native and vehicle recovery operator with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), hoses flour-like sand off his uniform at Combat Outpost Erdevi in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2013. The fine sand rose to ankle height and filled the air as vehicles moved around the outpost. (Photo by Cpl. Paul Peterson)


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CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- The Marines dubbed it the “Mega Convoy,” a rolling wall of armored vehicles and load trucks that stretched for more than a mile.

An armada of roughly 30 vehicles and 80 Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest), departed their motor pool here in the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 22, embarking on one of the largest logistics patrols since their arrival in Afghanistan in mid-July.

The massive line of Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected vehicles and Logistics System Vehicle Replacement tractors moved its way along paved desert highways and off-road paths. Clouds of dust made it nearly impossible to view the entire length of the convoy as the vehicles pushed north.

The multipronged combat logistics patrol pooled the defensive capabilities of two separate convoys in a consolidated effort to resupply Forward Operating Bases Shir Ghazi and Shukvani in Helmand province.

The “Mega Convoy” split into two sections. By mid-afternoon, both groups of Marines reached their respective FOBs, conducted offload operations and hunkered down for a night of rest. The two sections reintegrated the following day for the return trip to Camp Leatherneck.

In addition to resupplying FOBs Shir Ghazi and Shukvai, the convoy hauled numerous vehicles back to Camp Leatherneck as part of continuing retrograde operations in the province.
The entire operation took less than two days to complete. It will serve as a model for future convoy operations supporting the various outposts and FOBs throughout the area.


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