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2nd Marine Logistics Group

Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Hot, tired, motivated: CLB-2 Marines recount ITX

By Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin | | October 03, 2013

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Marines with Transportation and Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group gather during the early evening at the Integrated Training Exercise aboard Twentynine Palms, Calif. CLB-2 participated in the ITX from Aug. 20 to Sept. 27, 2013 in order to maintain mission readiness. (Courtesy photo)

Marines with Transportation and Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group gather during the early evening at the Integrated Training Exercise aboard Twentynine Palms, Calif. CLB-2 participated in the ITX from Aug. 20 to Sept. 27, 2013 in order to maintain mission readiness. (Courtesy photo) (Photo by courtesy photo)


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A CH-53E helicopter hovers over the desert of Twentynine Palms, Calif., during a helicopter support team exercise while Marines with Transportation and Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group participated in the Integrated Training Exercise Sept. 20, 2013. CLB-2 was at ITX from Aug. 20 to Sept. 27 to maintain skills essential for potential deployments. (Courtesy photo)

A CH-53E helicopter hovers over the desert of Twentynine Palms, Calif., during a helicopter support team exercise while Marines with Transportation and Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group participated in the Integrated Training Exercise Sept. 20, 2013. CLB-2 was at ITX from Aug. 20 to Sept. 27 to maintain skills essential for potential deployments. (Courtesy photo) (Photo by courtesy photo)


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A CH-53E helicopter flies over the desert at Twentynine Palms, Calif., while Marines with Transportation and Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group participate in the Integrated Training Exercise from Aug. 20 to Sept. 27, 2013. The Marines of CLB-2 used the exercise to maintain mission readiness. (Courtesy photo)

A CH-53E helicopter flies over the desert at Twentynine Palms, Calif., while Marines with Transportation and Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group participate in the Integrated Training Exercise from Aug. 20 to Sept. 27, 2013. The Marines of CLB-2 used the exercise to maintain mission readiness. (Courtesy photo) (Photo by courtesy photo)


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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marines with Transportation and Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group attended the Integrated Training Exercise aboard Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 20 to Sept. 27.

The days were long, the climate unforgiving, but Marines with CLB-2 pushed through to accomplish their mission.

“We got overworked quite a bit because the battalion and company were at a third the size, and we were doing support missions,” said Cpl. Shane Todd, a squad leader and wrecker noncommissioned officer with TS Co.

Temperatures at ITX reached more than 100 degrees during the day, and dropped into the 50s and 60s at night. The Marines spent 20 hours awake some days.

The lack of sleep, unforgiving temperatures and homesickness were just a few of the stressors plaguing Marines, but they fought through the fatigue to maintain mission readiness.

Some of the Marines had recently been to ITX, and although they were not thrilled to return to such a grueling operation so soon, they said being there twice in such a brief period kept them battle-ready.

“A lot of us were just there not too long ago, so we knew what to expect,” said Lance Cpl. Evan Saunders, a motor transportation operator and machine gunner with TS Co. “It was a lot of work, but we managed to get everything done.”

Although the Marines faced discomfort and rough days throughout ITX, they were able to find a light in the darkness.

“They took care of us,” said Todd. “The buildings we slept in when we weren’t outside in our sleeping systems were air conditioned, which was really nice.”

CLB-2 returned to Camp Lejeune ready to deploy at a moment’s notice.
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