CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan --
When troops outside the wire need a resupply of ammunition, they count on the Marines who work at the Field Ammunition Supply Point to provide them with the rounds they need.
Ready for the request at any time, the Marines at the FASP are at work day and night, ready to send out supplies to whomever may need them.
“You can go a while without food, a few days without water, but not a minute without ammo,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian J. Walker, officer in charge, Ammunition Detachment, Supply Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 15 (Forward), 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward).
The Marines at the FASP have a vital mission because ammunition is crucial for survival when Marines are engaged in firefights with the Taliban. Ammunition is required by all Marines, even more so when Marines go on missions "outside the wire."
Whether Marines are providing security or in the heat of battle, each round of ammunition is so important.
The FASP Marines are ready to support their fellow service members whenever they receive a call.
“We make sure every unit or [Forward Operating Base] is equipped with ammunition to sustain their needs,” said Lance Cpl. Cory D. Pearce, inventory accuracy control technician, Supply Co., CLR-15 (FWD), 1st MLG (FWD).
The FASP provides ammunition to the majority of the International Security Assistance Force within southwestern Afghanistan.
“We support just about every unit,” said Walker, 30, from Jersey City, N.J. “We actually have Georgian ammo here, and we distribute it to them.”
The FASP stocks and distributes ammunition for every ground weapon system in the Marine Corps inventory. From M-16s and M-9s to precision guided munitions, tank, and artillery rounds. The FASP can get Marines the ammunition they need, when the need it.
“We have anything to do with the mission from 5.56 and 7.62 rounds to [High Mobility Artillery Rocket System missiles],” said Walker. “We even distribute explosives.”
Once a unit sends a request for resupply of ammunition, the FASP works around the clock to send out the supplies to their allies in the fight.
“I may be a little biased, but I think they are some of the hardest working Marines in Afghanistan,” said Walker of his Marines.
They may not be on the frontlines, but the Marines at the FASP are essential to combat operations. They take pride in their hard work and enjoy knowing they help provide security for their fellow service members, one round at a time.
“Being in a combat zone, ammunition is a vital commodity,” said Pearce, 20, from Tallahassee, Fla. “I know I’m doing my part, which is a huge part. We supply the ones who fight the war.”