7/4/2013 -- CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines and sailors with 1st Marine Logistics Group celebrated the unit’s 66th anniversary aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 1, 2013.
First MLG began as the 1st Combat Service Group, which was formed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, July 1, 1947, and renamed the 1st Force Service Regiment, March 1, 1957.
In a ceremonial speech, Brig. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow, commanding general, 1st MLG, emphasized the unit’s storied past and its importance to the Marine Corps’ combined-arms approach.
“From Inchon all the way to Chosin and the extended campaigns in Korea, Marines from the 1st Force Service Regiment fought side-by-side with our brothers from the 1st Marine Division,” said Brig. Gen. Broadmeadow, a native of Pawtucket, R.I. “In the 1970s and into the 80s, we refined the (Marine Air-Ground Task Force) and added the logistics group (to the MAGTF). Throughout Desert Shield and Desert Storm, our logistics effort to build up all those forces really came into its own.”
First MLG supports the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force with six logistical capabilities: transportation, engineering, maintenance, supply, healthcare and clerical services.
During the ceremony, Brig. Gen. Broadmeadow attached battle streamers to the unit’s battle colors, signifying the unit’s participation in every Marine Corps engagement since the Korean War and celebrating the many honors the unit had received.
Looking forward, it is important for 1st MLG to integrate combat capabilities and keep up with ground combat units in order to support them, said Brig. Gen. Broadmeadow.
“Throughout the last 12 years, we’ve seen 1st MLG undergo structural changes,” said Brig. Gen. Broadmeadow. “We’ve embedded true combat capability (to 1st MLG). Our young Marines and sailors run the length and breadth of Helmland province, Afghanistan, more than any other organization out there.”
Whether it be engineers from the 7th Engineer Support Battalion tackling improvised-explosive devices, Marines from Combat Logistics Regiment 15 conducting resupply patrols, or corpsmen from the 1st Medical Battalion’s Shock Trauma Platoons providing immediate care to casualties, the Marines and sailors of 1st MLG remain at the forefront of the battlefield, supporting the infantry.
“What makes us unique is our understanding of the balance between all MAGTF elements,” said Brig. Gen. Broadmeadow. “Marines in this organization truly understand the entire battlefield.”