2nd Marine Logistics Group
2d MLG Logo
You Will Never Fight Alone
Official U.S. Marine Corps Website
Photo Information

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Austin Youngblood poses in a maintenance bay at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, April 11, 2019. Youngblood is a light armored vehicle mechanic mechanic with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Jenkins)

Photo by Lance Cpl. Scott Jenkins

Youngblood’s leadership development in the Corps

17 Apr 2019 | Lance Cpl. Scott Jenkins 2nd Marine Logistics Group

Lance Cpl. Austin Youngblood spends a great deal of time in a maintenance bay working to ensure light armored vehicles are ready to deploy.

For him, getting away from the daily grind is a welcome change.

Youngblood recently completed the Lance Corporal Leadership and Ethics Seminar hosted by 2nd Maintenance Battalion in the field at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina from April 8-12.

Youngblood, who grew up in Tifton, Georgia, spent his early 20s working on railroads throughout the east coast. At 28-years-old, he joined the Marine Corps after seeing the success of high school classmates who joined the military. He wanted the challenge and the camaraderie the Corps offers.

"I wanted to better myself as a person and provide a better life for my family," said Youngblood, a light armored vehicle mechanic with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group.

The Lance Corporal Leadership and Ethics Seminar is a prerequisite to becoming a noncommissioned officer. In 2014, at the direction of the commandant and sergeant major of the Marine Corps, Marine Corps University developed the course to enhance small unit leadership and ensure a better understanding of Marine Corps ethos.

The seminar, led by NCOs and Staff NCOs from each command, gives units the discretion to add material when appropriate. So, 2nd Maintenance Battalion chose the field over the classroom.

"It's good to get out and network with Marines from different companies," said Youngblood.

Being out in the field has the added opportunity of having more time together, and more time for the Marines to learn. Each evening the course instructors gave classes on historic Marine Corps battles, a topic not covered in the regular course curriculum.

“Learning about the Marines who came before us reinforces why it is important to honor the traditions they set for us,” said Youngblood.

During the course, Youngblood earned the title of class first sergeant, a role awarded to him after being interviewed by class leadership at the beginning of the course. This position made him responsible for relaying messages from instructors to the class while ensuring their orders were carried out with precision and in a timely manner.

"He has a lot of life experience. He sets a good example for us to emulate," said Lance Cpl. Shamari Davids about Youngblood.

Youngblood has only been at 2nd Maintenance Battalion for just over 6 months but has enjoyed his time in the Corps so far; he plans on making the Marine Corps a career.

The most important thing Youngblood says he learned over the 5-day course was, “You don’t have to be an NCO to act like one.”

More Media

Marine Corps News
June 8, 2022

Brigadier General McWilliams assumes command of 2nd Marine Logistics Group

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Brig. Gen. Michael E. McWilliams assumed command of 2nd Marine Logistics Group (MLG) from Brig. Gen. Forrest C. Poole III during a change of command ceremony at...

Read More
April 1, 2022

2nd Marine Logistics Group celebrates grand opening of II MEF Innovation Campus

U.S. Marines and Sailors with 2nd Marine Logistics Group, in concert with II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) and Marine Corps Installations East (MCIEAST), hosted a ceremony to celebrate the...

Read More
February 4, 2022

2nd Transportation Battalion conducts historic implementation of Condition-Based Maintenance Plus readiness initiative

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – 2nd Transportation Battalion (TB), a subordinate command of Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, installed new logistics data-tracking...

Read More
May 5, 2022

U.S. Marine engineers construct underground defense system

U.S. Marines and Sailors with Engineer Support Company (ESC), 8th Engineer Support Battalion, recently completed a company field exercise to experiment and gauge the effectiveness of subterranean...

Read More
January 26, 2022

January is National OPSEC Awareness Month

The National Operations Security Program Office under the National Counterintelligence and Security Center Enterprise Threat Mitigation Directorate designated January as National OPSEC Awareness Month...

Read More
January 10, 2022

2nd Marine Logistics Group celebrates new Naval Dental Center with ribbon-cutting ceremony

U.S. Marines and Sailors with 2nd Marine Logistics Group, alongside officials with II Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Installations East, and the Defense Health Agency, hosted a...

Read More
December 16, 2021

U.S. Marines return from cold weather training in Fort McCoy

U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 2nd Marine Logistics Group (MLG) recently completed a two-week long cold weather training exercise alongside 2nd Marine Division in Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, the U.S...

Read More
October 25, 2021

8th ESB hosts East Coast EOD Team of the Year Competition

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams from across the Department of Defense competed in the third-annual East Coast Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team of the...

Read More
July 23, 2021

Maritime task force supports destructive weather mission rehearsals

U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 2nd Marine Logistics Group (MLG) and II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) supported a destructive weather mission rehearsal in support of Defense Support of Civil...

Read More
June 4, 2021

Marines return from historic 5,500-mile convoy

In one of the longest military convoys in history, U.S Marines drove 18 vehicles approximately 5,500 miles in a continuous 34-day mission. The convoy, comprised of Marines from 2nd Transportation...

Read More

Click for COVID-19 InformationReport Suspicious Activity