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

Gunnery Sgt. Robert L. Jernigan, of Gates County, N.C., receives the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device from Maj. Gen. Michael G. Dana, the 2nd Marine Logistics Group commanding general, during a ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 2. While serving as a joint terminal attack controller attached to 2nd MLG (Forward) in Afghanistan last year, Jernigan’s expert control of air assets was directly responsible for quelling an ambush and undoubtedly saved countless lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jessica Gonzalez)

Photo by Cpl. Jessica Gonzalez

N.C. Marine decorated for battlefield heroics

3 May 2012 | Staff Sgt. Justin J. Shemanski

A lone Marine stood before a formation of his contemporaries as he was awarded for valor in a ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 2.

Gunnery Sgt. Robert L. Jernigan, a native of Gates County, N.C., received the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device from Maj. Gen. Michael G. Dana, the 2nd Marine Logistics Group commanding general.

“I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and this is the most impressive citation I’ve ever heard,” Dana commented after shaking the Marine’s hand.

While serving as a joint terminal attack controller attached to 2nd MLG (Forward) in Afghanistan last year, Jernigan’s expert control of air assets was directly responsible for quelling an ambush and undoubtedly saved countless lives. Approximately three-dozen enemy combatants armed with AK-47 assault rifles, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades attacked a Marine Air-Ground Task Force Support Battalion 11.1 fuel convoy Aug. 28, 2011. According to his award citation, Jernigan maneuvered his team to vantage points where they could observe enemy forces and then accurately directed devastating airstrikes against their positions.

Throughout the engagement, Jernigan’s vehicle was continuously targeted by the enemy, with rounds impacting the hull as he calmly performed his trade amid the chaos.

His actions ultimately halted the attack - a significant role for any one Marine to play considering the circumstances - yet Jernigan remained humble as he stood before family and friends with two-inches of red, white and blue-striped ribbon of hallowed meaning suspended from his chest. Though it was his moment, he recognized several other Marines in attendance for their own service and sacrifices over the course of the last deployment.

They were also awarded for valor at an earlier date.

“It’s just surreal,” said Jernigan when asked what the meaning of such an award meant to him. “I never expected anything.”


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