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

Retired Gunnery Sgt. Rhett E. Radcliffe, a communications electronics technician with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, served 20 years in the Marine Corps. Before retiring the Whitehouse, Texas, native served as first sergeant for Electronics Maintenance Company, 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, where working with the younger Marines was his favorite part of the job. (Courtesy Photo)

Photo by Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado

The Next Chapter: 2nd Maint. Bn. Marine Retires

21 Apr 2011 | Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado

From a small town in Northeast Texas to the hustle and bustle of the largest Marine Corps base in the world, retired Gunnery Sgt. Rhett E. Radcliffe, a communications electronics technician, challenged himself to do his best and help the younger demographic through his efforts.

Before retiring, the Whitehouse, Texas native served with 2nd Maintenance Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, where he said working with the younger Marines was his favorite part of the job.

“The part of (the Marine Corps) I will miss the most is taking care of and mentoring young Marines,” he said. “They are so eager to learn thus, they are so willing to absorb everything you tell them.”

The eagerness in junior Marines is why he reminds senior enlisted Marines to maintain themselves at a high level at all times; because NCOs want to be like their senior leadership, he said.

“Your noncommissioned officers are always looking at you even when you don’t know it; Marines want to be led,” said Radcliffe.

Radcliffe led with that in mind, said Gunnery Sgt. Samuel Paulk, a good friend of Radcliffe also with the unit.

“He went above and beyond to help his Marines,” said Paulk. “He performed well in a first sergeants’ billet and stopped at nothing to make sure his Marines were taken care of and that’s why they looked up to him.”

Being looked up to is something Radcliffe never looked for, but he is quick to credit his fellow service members for their dedication to a country that’s given them freedom.

“I don’t idolize anyone, but I believe each and every American, especially a Marine that is injured, risks injury or is willing to do so in the defense of his fellow Marine or his country, is a hero to me,” said Radcliffe.

One moment in particular comes to his mind almost immediately. The day a great leader did what his job title states; lead.

“Lt. Col. Ty Edwards was shot in the head when he left the safety of his humvee to lead a company of Afghan Soldiers into an assault against an ambushing group of insurgents on Oct 18th, 2008,” recalls Radcliffe as if it were yesterday. “He is a brave man and great leader and has been wheelchair-bound ever since the injury.”

That is what the Marine Corps is made of, said Radcliffe, and as his chapter in the Marine Corps comes to an end, he has no doubt the next chapters are going to be just as bright.


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