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2nd Marine Logistics Group, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Battalion 6

An Air Force C-130 Hercules airdrops 20 bundles of food rations to Forward Operating Base Edinburgh, the logistics hub for northern Helmand province, Oct 3, 2011. Aerial delivery of food and water allows Marines to get some critical supplies without having to rely on risky ground convoys. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen)

Marines deployed to Forward Operating Base Edinburgh roll over a bundle of food rations that was recently airdropped by A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules Oct 3, 2011. The supplies are loaded on trucks for transport back to the FOB and the parachutes and other packing material are collected and burned on site to reduce the debris left on the drop zone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen)

Missions:

2nd MLG: Conduct combat logistics operations in support of II Marine Expeditionary Force and attached or assigned forces in order to support and conduct combat operations and sustain warfighting effectiveness. Provide general support combat logistics to all forces operating in the expeditionary force battlespace.

CLB 6: Train, organize, deploy, employ, fight and redeploy in order to provide logistics combat support to a Regimental Combat Team and additional Marine Air Ground Task Force maneuver elements..

  • Nick Name – Red Cloud, Indian Chief
  • Activated – 2006
  • Location – Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
  • Motto – Excellence, Innovation, Quality
  • Commanding Officer – Lt. Col. Ralph J. Rizzo Jr.
  • Sergeant Major – Sgt. Maj. Phillip A. Orellano
  • Manpower – 824-850

Pallets of Meals, Ready to Eat are loaded onto a truck outside of Forward Operating Base Edinburgh Oct. 3, 2011. A C-130 Hercules dropped 20 pallets of MREs to the Marines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff. Sgt. David Salanitri)

Status -The battalion is currently deployed to Afghanistan and has a presence throughout the Helmand Province. The Marines continue maintenance programs with the Afghan National Army, and are training ANA personnel on Medical protocol and transportation operations. The Battalion is also known for purifying water and ensuring safe and effective water resupply missions. The water mission is no small feat considering that, on an average day, the Battalion Marines operate showers for more than 300 Marines, Sailors and civilians.  They also complete dozens of combat loads of laundry in less than 24 hours, and, on average, pump hundreds of gallons of fuel that directly support combat operations.

The Marines are making a difference and they are meeting the battalion commander’s intent of taking care of the grunts by building, repairing, driving, delivering all in support of the infantry Marine on the battlefield.

Awards:

  • National Defense Service Streamer; Iraq Campaign Streamer; Global War on Terrorism Service Streamer
  • Operations: Operation Desert Storm; Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operation Enduring Freedom
  • MGySgt Keith Johnson (Ret)

    As a retired Marine Parachute Rigger it is nice to see the use of airdrop to provide logistical support and to reduce the number of Marines put into harms way to support a convoy. I understand that convoy operations cannot be eliminated but whenever possible airdrop should be utilized. I feel the Marine Corps is slowly learning this lesson.