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A cloud of ‘moon dust’ forms as a combat logistics patrol from Motor Transport Company B, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), returns to Camp Dwyer after delivering supplies to Forward Operating Base Geronimo in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Jan. 14.

Photo by Cpl. Paul Zellner

Halfway Home: Motor transport Marines keep on truckin’

2 Feb 2011 | Cpl. Paul D. Zellner

As they reach the halfway point in their deployment, Marines with Motor Transport Companies A and B, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), continue to deliver supplies to units in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

The motor transport Marines take part in combat logistics patrols almost daily in order to deliver essential supplies, gear and personnel to various forward operating bases within their area of operations.

“A combat logistics patrol is the lifeline of the warfighter on the front line,” said 1st Sgt. Jose H. Molina, first sergeant, Motor Transport Company A, CLB-3, 1st MLG (FWD), a 35-year-old native of Murrieta, Calif. “Day after day, Marines from both motor transport companies put their lives on the line to ensure that the vital supplies and logistical support needed by their brethren get to their destination expeditiously.”

The motor transport companies have driven a combined total of 126,383 miles throughout the past three months in the vast and rugged terrain of Helmand province. They have become accustomed to the unknown hours and difficult routes on combat logistics patrols, but are not letting the monotony overcome their vigilance.

“No matter how long you go out or how many missions we go on, we try to go into every one of them like it was our first,” said Cpl. Robert S. Helin, an electro-optical ordnance repairman and gunner for 1st Platoon, Motor Transport Company B, CLB-3, 1st MLG (FWD), a 22-year-old native of Pine Island, Fla. “I try to take in as much detail as possible.”

Some of the Marines might be counting down the days until they are home, but they all know the only way to ensure that they all make it back unharmed is to continue to excel in their jobs and remaining alert as they traverse the deserts of Afghanistan.

“As Marines, we know mission accomplishment comes first,” said Sgt. Jose E. Pimienta, chief dispatcher for Motor Transport Company A, CLB-3, 1st MLG (FWD), a 31-year-old native of Hartsdale, N.Y. “Our families are waiting, and by continuing excelling and staying alert we will all soon be together again.”


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