1ST MARINE LOGISTICS GROUP
Commanding General's Intent
1st Marine Logistics Group (MLG) has clearly distinguished itself since its inception over 70 years ago as the 1st Combat Service Group, and undoubtedly, we will continue to add to this MLG’s already long and rapidly growing list of accomplishments. Our fundamental purpose, our reason for living, is warfighting. It’s that simple. Everything that we do—everything—must carry that basic, clear end state in mind.
As Marines and Sailors of 1st MLG, we essentially fall into one of two categories:
- Those in contact
- Those getting ready to return to contact
Accordingly, our priority and associated requirements revolve around these two cardinal truths.
OUR PRIORITY: Those In Contact
This references our Marines and Sailors who are forward-deployed as well as those units to which we have been assigned as a supporting unit. There is nothing that takes greater precedence than providing support to those in contact. All other actions that we take, whether directly or indirectly, must support this priority. To that end, there are requirements that must be met in order to ensure that we maintain focus on this priority
- Support to those in contact. As the Logistics Combat Element (LCE) for I MEF, this is our most elemental mission. In a world of multiple, competing priorities, this will always be our #1. “Support to those in contact” refers to those actions necessary across the entire breadth of tactical logistics support to ensure that our fellow Marines and Sailors, both within and outside of 1st MLG, have all of the training, tools, sustainment, supplies, and support necessary to ensure their success—and that their equipment is functioning. Expect to support not only our “routinely associated” units from within I MEF, but also, at times other Marine Corps units such as II MEF, III MEF, MARSOC, MCAGCC, MCI-West, etc.; U.S. forces from other Services; and coalition partners. Flexibility, adaptability, initiative, innovativeness, and determination will enable our success. Ultimately, our assignment as the LCE requires us to provide the full breadth and depth of support across all six functions of logistics (Supply, Maintenance, Transportation, General Engineering, Health Services Support, & Services). We will be absolutely relentless in our execution of this assignment, and we will do so as Quiet Professionals. There is no need to seek attention for our actions; our degree of success is measured by those whom we support. We will simply do our job. We are the logistics pros—that’s how we are viewed, and that’s how we will perform.
- Support to those getting ready to return to contact. Throughout our Corps’ history, we have maintained a “most ready” status that has served to not only maintain our relevancy, but has ensured the security and success of the United States. Our Nation expects and demands that we continue this proud tradition. Preparation and training for the next deployment is a continuous process. Readiness is the watchword, and this term is not confined to a predetermined Predeployment Training Program. Rather, readiness is a state of mind that permeates every action that we take. One of the most significant aspects of our assignment as the LCE means that we are responsible for sustaining the ground materiel readiness of I MEF at absolute peak readiness levels. Additionally, we are responsible for providing the highest caliber training to those whom we send into contact from within our own ranks. All of our predeployment training must be first-class, comprehensive, and challenging to ensure that we are fully prepared for whatever will come our way. Leaders at all levels must take a personal interest in every aspect of training.
- Support to those who have just returned from contact. In essence, those who have just returned from contact are a subset of those getting ready to return to contact. The actions taken upon return from deployment are designed to ensure peak readiness is maintained so that when the inevitable call to contact is repeated, those who heed that call are at their most ready. The “down” time that we take initially upon return from deployment is part of that preparation, for it allows us to recharge our body and mind, refit our equipment, resume our relationships with our family, and ready ourselves for the next deployment, the next time we go into contact.
While the demand for our Marines and Sailors will continue across multiple theaters and venues, and that demand will invariably result in a temporary decrease in available forces in garrison, reduction in capacity does not mean a reduction in capability. Our MLG will still provide the full range of all six functional areas of logistics. That’s what we do, & that’s who we are. The Next Marine Up / Next Sailor Up will be our mantra. We’ll always find a way.
Remember to take care of each other, take care of your families, and take care of yourselves. Long days, busy schedules, tough missions, and demanding deadlines are all realties, but how we handle these demands will in large part define our organization. Watch your buddies to see how they’re doing and offer them help if they need it. Maintain open communication with your families; while the demands of being a Marine or Sailor may have its moments of stress for us, our families often feel that stress even more acutely since they may not be fully aware of what it is exactly that we do. Share with them some insights into what you do and let them know how you’re doing; they’ll appreciate that more than you can know. And take time for yourself.
Read. Unlike other professionals such as doctors and lawyers, Marines and Sailors do not have the opportunity to actually execute our fundamental purpose—warfighting—on a daily basis. However, reading history and studying memoirs and biographies of those who have gone before us enable us to effectively live vicariously through those who have done what we are preparing to do. We can learn what worked—and what didn’t work. Reading enables us to visualize the fight we have not yet fought, to recognize the unfamiliar and turn it into the familiar. Even when we encounter a given scenario for the first time, a solid professional reading program will prepare us for that unexpected situation, and lift the veil of uncertainty just enough to provide us with the advantage we need to win.
Retain a personal PT program. The psychological benefits of a solid PT program have in many cases proven to be even more pronounced than the physical benefits. Hard training makes for hardened bodies which in turn strengthens our mind and spirit. The PFT remains important, but remember that combat is not fought in shorts and running shoes. Prepare and train accordingly.
Finally, remember to have fun. Yes, we are in a serious business—a very serious business—and our responsibilities certainly require our full attention. However, this business is far too serious not to enjoy doing it. Have fun.
As always, thank you for all that you have done & all that you continue to do. It truly is an honor to be a member of this team.
Stay Ready. Stay Focused. Stay Alert.
S. D. SKLENKA
Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commanding General, 1st Marine Logistics Group