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First Sgt. Raquel Painter, the battalion sergeant major of Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) and Maj. William Stophel, commanding officer, CLB-6, 1st MLG (FWD), retire the battalion colors during the transfer of authority with CLB-2, 1st MLG (FWD), July 31. “The Red Cloud Battalion” has spent the last seven months providing logistical support to Regimental Combat Team 2 in areas to include Sangin, Musa Qal’eh and Now Zad, providing everything from food and fuel to ammunition.

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'Red Cloud Battalion' passes reigns during transfer of authority ceremony

31 Jul 2010 | Sgt. Justin J. Shemanski

Signaling the end of their deployment in support of combat operations in Helmand Province, Combat Logistics Battalion 6 retired their organizational colors as Combat Logistics Battalion 2, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), took charge during a transfer of authority ceremony here, July 31.

The “Red Cloud Battalion” has spent the last seven months providing logistical support to Regimental Combat Team 2 in areas to include Sangin, Musa Qal’eh and Now Zad, providing everything from food and fuel to ammunition.

During the course of nearly 100 combat logistics patrols within the battlespace, the Marines of CLB-6, 1st MLG (FWD) have traveled more than 190,000 miles hauling 20 million pounds of personnel, supplies and equipment, and have performed 160 vehicle recoveries for RCT-2 personnel and other coalition forces. In addition to numerous and sometimes prolonged periods of small arms, indirect and rocket propelled grenade fire, the Marines encountered nearly 100 improvised explosive devises during operations in the region.

The Marines of CLB-6 hit the ground running and true to their dedicated nature, they concluded their last combat logistics patrol less than six hours prior to the ceremony.

“Your tour of duty here in support of RCT-2 has been one of remarkable expertise and accomplishment,” said Brig. Gen. Charles Hudson, the commanding general of 1st MLG (FWD) as he addressed those in attendance.

Major William Stophel, the commanding officer of CLB-6, mentioned determination and drive as the keys to battalion’s success.

“We’ve certainly come a long way,” said Stophel. “It was daunting task laid before the battalion and they rose to the challenge. They never stopped.”

The commanding officer of CLB-2, Lt. Col. Brian Wolford, vowed to continue such excellence in the support of RCT-2.

“We are proud to be here and are ready to carry on the legacy of the 1st Marine Logistics Group,” he said.

As the Marines and sailors of CLB-6 make final preparations to return stateside next month, those belonging to CLB-2 are ready to carve their own path through the deserts of Afghanistan.


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