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

Landing support specialists with 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) try to hook a large bolder to a MV-22 Osprey during an exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 7, 2011. The boulder was supposed to simulate cargo that would be moved to a different location during an external resupply mission. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado)

Photo by Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado

In air, on land, at sea: landing support delivers

7 Jan 2011 | Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado

Although it’s one of the most dangerous jobs in the Marine Corps, due to the fact that the risk of injury is among the highest in the military, landing support specialists put their lives on the line to get their fellow Marines’ and sailors’ supplies they need, no matter where they may be.

The inherent danger in these Marine’s daily duties is obvious at training events such as the exercise landing support specialist with 2nd Marine Logistics Group (FWD) took part in aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 7.

As the winds from a MV-22 Osprey kicked up dust, rocks and sticks, a six -man team rigged imitation cargo and waited for its return to the drop zone so they could unload, which simulated the import and export of external lifts.

This was one of the several times a month landing support specialist with the MLG practice this exercise in preparation to support combat operations in Afghanistan.

With the deployment approaching fast, there’s no such thing as too much practice, said Cpl. Joseph Hernendez, a landing support specialist with 2nd MLG (FWD).

“This isn’t something we don’t (normally) practice, we do this quite often,” said Hernendez. “But it’s one of those things, the more you come out here and do it, the better you are, and it’s good for the younger Marines.”

Practice is important when there are new Marines and reservists who may not be as seasoned as an active duty Marine, said Hernendez.

“We all know they are capable of doing the job,” he said. “But we all get rusty, everyone can use a refresher. Our job is too important to mess up.”

Landing support specialists play a large part in moving supplies and Marines to different places across the world and if not done correctly it could have a negative effect on everyone involve, added Hernendez, such as Marines not receiving food, ammo or medical supplies on time.

“We need to be on point whether we are deployed or here,” he said.

As the deployment approaches, Marines and sailors are working toward making essentials tasks, such as the job of a landing support specialist, a thing of ease.

Even though it’s dangerous, landing support Marines continue to train and better themselves while supplying Marines and Sailors all around the world.


Marine Corps News
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
May 18, 2021

U.S. Marines complete historic convoy across America

In one of the longest military convoys in recent history, U.S Marines with 2nd Transportation Battalion, part of 2nd Marine Logistics Group, drove 18 vehicles approximately 2,500 miles from Marine...

Read More
March 15, 2021

Red hats give Marines a better chance to survive

Tough and realistic conditions are necessary pillars to ensure U.S. Marines are trained well for the future fight.Recently various units within 2nd Marine Logistics Group, stationed at Camp Lejeune,...

Read More
March 5, 2021

2nd Marine Logistics Group to support FEMA vaccination effort in Pennsylvania

In partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Marines and Sailors with the 2nd Marine Logistics Group (MLG) will deploy to support a...

Read More
January 25, 2021

Deploying Marines and Sailors receive COVID-19 vaccine

Deploying Marines and Sailors with II Marine Expeditionary Force received the coronavirus vaccination in preparation for an upcoming overseas deployment at the Russell Marine and Family Services...

Read More
October 16, 2020

2nd Maintenance Battalion Celebrates 70th Anniversary

U.S. Marines and Sailors with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group celebrated the unit’s 70th anniversary with a series of team-building events at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina from...

Read More
Resources

Click for COVID-19 InformationReport Suspicious ActivityDStress Hotline