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

Marines with Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group set up a communication antenna during a field exercise at Landing Zone Kite aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 11, 2012. The purpose of the exercise was to give the company’s Marines a chance to sharpen their knowledge of their military occupational specialty.

Photo by Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado

Helicopter support teams build cohesion through training

18 Apr 2012 | Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado

Marines with Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group conducted helicopter support team training at Landing Zone Kite aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 10-13.

The purpose of the exercise was to give the company’s Marines a chance to practice their trade in a field environment.

The Marines tackled the tedious task of connecting cargo to a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter using a sling as it hovered mere feet above their heads.

“Our job is dangerous, but that is what this training is for,” said Cpl. John E. Wisniewski, a landing support specialist with CLR-27. “We come out here and get as much practice as we can, so nothing bad happens.”

A landing support specialist’s job, in this case, is done within 15 seconds under ideal circumstances. From grounding the hook on the bottom of the helicopter to take off, the process is meant to be streamlined, explained Sgt. Kip Buedel, a platoon staff noncommissioned officer in charge with LS Co.

“You want to do it as fast as possible,” Buedel said. “We have many jobs to do on the flight line, and they’re crucial to the rest of the Marines out there.”

Landing support specialists’ responsibilities include moving vital supplies like pallets of food and water, Marine artillery weapons, such as M777 Howitzers, and small vehicles.

Numerous things can go wrong while standing under the helicopter, from electrocution to the hitch swinging into a Marine. The seriousness of the job isn’t hard to grasp.

“A big part of our job is safety,” said Wisniewski. “You have to learn how to work as a team, it makes the job easier.

“If you look out for each other the job will go smooth. Whoever you are working with is going to have your back, so you need to be comfortable.”

With practice comes comfort, so the company’s platoons conduct approximately 10 helicopter support team training cycles every month to hone their skills.


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
Resources

Click for COVID-19 InformationReport Suspicious Activity