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

Lance Cpl. Jason R. Hartigan, from Sarasota, Fla., a motor transportation mechanic with 2nd Maintenance Battalion (-) (Reinforced), 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), looks for instructions on a computer as he works on a wrecker April 16, 2011, aboard Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Marines with the Motor Transportation Maintenance Platoon work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to repair any vehicle the Marine Corps has from the smaller Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle to the heavy Logistics Vehicle System Replacement, the largest logistic vehicle in the arsenal, for every unit supporting International Security Assistance Force operations throughout Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Bruno J. Bego)

Photo by Lance Cpl. Bruno J. Bego

Maintenance: the heart beat of the logistics

17 Apr 2011 | Lance Cpl. Bruno J. Bego

Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles and their different variations leave camp every day, but the improvised explosive devices and rugged terrain can quickly put these tough trucks on light duty.

After absorbing an explosion, the trucks may seem unfixable, but the Marine Corps counts on a crew of Marines and civilian contractors to rebuild them from the ground up in just a matter of weeks.

“If it’s Motor T, we’ll work on it, we’ll fix it,” said Chief Warrant Officer Benjamin G. Blanton, from Broomfield, Colo., the Motor Transportation Maintenance Platoon commander with 2nd Maintenance Battalion (-) (Reinforced), 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward).  “When other unit’s maintenance sections can’t fix the problems on their vehicles, they bring them to us.”

Marines with Motor Transportation Maintenance Platoon work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to repair vehicles for every unit supporting International Security Assistance Force operations throughout Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

“We usually see damages affecting suspension systems,” explained Cpl. Joey L. Johnson, from Ashland, Ill., the MRAP floor chief, “We take the trucks and check every aspect of the frame to ensure there aren’t extra damages, then we proceed to repair the trucks.”

The platoon is capable of fixing every vehicle the Marine Corps has, from the smaller Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain vehicle, known as M-ATV, to the heavy Logistics Vehicle System Replacement, the largest logistic vehicle in the arsenal.

“In best case scenarios, it can take from just days to a week to disassemble a truck, replace the broken parts and re-assemble it,” Johnson explained.  “Sometimes we need to order parts, and it may delay the process a little.”

Although these Marines were proficient maintainers before coming to Afghanistan, nothing prepared them for the operational tempo they are now facing during this deployment.

“I think the biggest challenge here is the complexity of the job, it is not the same as working back on Camp Lejeune,” said Lance Cpl. Bryan Marquez Cortes from Houston, a motor transportation mechanic.  “We know what we are doing …  We have been doing this for a while; we are ready to fix these trucks regardless of the damage.”

The maintenance Marines know the job is not going to get any easier, but they stand confident, and continue to fix and deliver trucks back to their units in a timely manner so Marines or any other service member inside the area of operation can count on a safe ride back home.


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