Bryant relinquishes command of CLB-26

23 Jun 2011 | Sgt. Justin J. Shemanski 2nd Marine Logistics Group

Lt. Col. Timothy R. Bryant relinquished command of Combat Logistics Battalion 26, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, to Lt. Col. Kevin G. Collins during a change of command ceremony at the 2nd MLG Headquarters aboard Camp Lejeune, June 23.

Bryant, who hails from Riverside, Calif., took charge of the battalion in June 2009. During his tenure as its commander, the unit actively supported both combat and humanitarian operations across the globe.

The battalion recently returned to Camp Lejeune after being deployed for more than eight months with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of Operations Odyssey Dawn, Enduring Freedom and Unified Protector.

“Marines and sailors, you’ve done your best over the last two years and I thank you for that,” said Bryant, as he addressed the formations of Marines and sailors whom stood before him. “These have been the best two years of my Marine Corps career.

 “I’m a better Marine and a better man for it.”

Bryant noted the confidence, capabilities and drive of his former battalion were key factors in their success in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tunisia during their latest deployment.

“That’s the beauty of a MEU CLB; they may be logisticians, but they have the capability to task organize and get any job done,” said Bryant. “It’s been great to be a part of.”

Collins, a native of Detroit, enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1990 and after being selected for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program in 1993, he received his commission in 1995. Having served in a myriad of operational and supporting establishment assignments, he looks forward to leading CLB-26 in their future endeavors.

“A Marine Expeditionary Unit is a fast, flexible and lethal formation, but it’s none of that without its logistics component,” said Collins. “I’m proud to be joining this formation.”