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1st MLG conducts communications training

By Cpl. Timothy Childers | 1st Marine Logistics Group | February 18, 2014

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Brigadier General Kevin J. Nally, director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers, shakes hands with Cpl. Lucas G. Sarko, radio operator, Communications 
Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group. Gen. Nally toured the company aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 11, 2014. During the visit, Marines from 1st MLG conducted line training, a series of hands-on instruction on communications systems in preparation for the unit’s upcoming Combat Operations Center exercise.

Brigadier General Kevin J. Nally, director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers, shakes hands with Cpl. Lucas G. Sarko, radio operator, Communications Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group. Gen. Nally toured the company aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 11, 2014. During the visit, Marines from 1st MLG conducted line training, a series of hands-on instruction on communications systems in preparation for the unit’s upcoming Combat Operations Center exercise. (Photo by Cpl. Timothy Childers)


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Private 1st Class Kyle J. Morrison, digital wideband transmission equipment operator, Communications Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, sets up an AN/MRC-142 Digital Wideband Transmission System during a two-week line training exercise aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 12, 2014. The training is a series of hands-on instruction on communications systems to prepare the unit for the upcoming Combat Operations Center exercise. Morrison, 21, is from Houma, La.

Private 1st Class Kyle J. Morrison, digital wideband transmission equipment operator, Communications Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, sets up an AN/MRC-142 Digital Wideband Transmission System during a two-week line training exercise aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 12, 2014. The training is a series of hands-on instruction on communications systems to prepare the unit for the upcoming Combat Operations Center exercise. Morrison, 21, is from Houma, La. (Photo by Cpl. Timothy Childers)


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Lance Cpl. Shawn E. Carvin, wireman, Communications Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, practices programing during a class on radio 
programing aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 12, 2014. The class was part of a two-week line training exercise, a series of hands-on instruction on communications 
systems in preparation for the unit’s upcoming Combat Operations Center exercise.

Lance Cpl. Shawn E. Carvin, wireman, Communications Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, practices programing during a class on radio programing aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 12, 2014. The class was part of a two-week line training exercise, a series of hands-on instruction on communications systems in preparation for the unit’s upcoming Combat Operations Center exercise. (Photo by Cpl. Timothy Childers)


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Staff Sgt. Michael J. Dilling, Communications Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, teaches a class on radio programing aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 12, 2014. The class was part of a two-week line training exercise, a series of hands-on instruction on communications systems in preparation for the unit’s upcoming Combat Operations Center exercise.

Staff Sgt. Michael J. Dilling, Communications Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, teaches a class on radio programing aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 12, 2014. The class was part of a two-week line training exercise, a series of hands-on instruction on communications systems in preparation for the unit’s upcoming Combat Operations Center exercise. (Photo by Cpl. Timothy Childers)


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2/16/2014 --

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines with 1st Marine Logistics Group began a two-week lane training evolution that included hands-on instruction on communications systems aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 3, 2014.

The training included teaching and practical application of communication equipment to prepare for the 1st MLG’s combat operations center exercise slated to begin later that month. Marines in the communications field from Combat Logistics Regiment 17, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, Combat Logistics Regiment 1 and 7th Engineer Support Battalion came together to participate in the training.

“We have an MLG communications exercise coming up. We do lane training to prepare for the upcoming year and refresh the Marines on new equipment and other equipment the communication companies have,” said Staff Sgt. Michael J. Dilling, platoon sergeant, Communications Company, CLR-17. “It’s good training for the Marines that are just coming from communication schools and don’t receive enough training or are put in different billets later on. This training provides the opportunity for them to [learn the skills] they may have missed.”

The COCEX focuses on the passing of information between units within the MLG, making experienced and capable communication Marines vital to completing the mission Communication Marines dissolve the barriers between commanders in the rear and forward operating patrols or between a headquarters unit in one location and its subordinate units that may operate across the globe. Reliable and expedient communication may be a matter of mission success or defeat, life or death. They also provide morale boosting capabilities for Marines away from home.

“This equipment is essential to the MLG,” said Dilling, a 28-year-old native of Camp Pendleton, Calif. “Without the [MRT] equipment, we may not be able to make phone calls back to the rear for important instances or make morale calls back home.”

The skills the Marines learned from their military occupational specialty schools are perishable. Without continuous training on the variety of communication systems the Marines are required to operate, they may lack the ability to perform their task.

“Today we’re going over programing,” said Lance Cpl. Adam J. Sellar, wireman, Comm. Co., CLR-17. “This is a refresher for me. A lot of the time, we don’t get enough practice [in our MOS schools], and when we do, it can be hard to remember what we’re taught. You need to constantly [rehearse] because it’s easy to forget,” added the 20-year-old native of Hampton, N.H.

The lane training is scheduled to be completed Feb. 14. The communications Marines by then will have additional knowledge and sharpened skills to bring to the table during the COCEX and potentially operations across the globe.




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