CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan --
Combat Logistics Battalion 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), transferred authority to Combat Logistics Battalion 5 in a ceremony here April 16.
CLB-1 Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Michael Rohlfs and Battalion Sergeant Major Sgt. Maj. Richard Charron cased the CLB-1 colors, completing their seven-month tour in Afghanistan.
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Jarosz, CLB-5 commanding officer, and Sgt. Maj. Brian Cullins, CLB-5 sergeant major, uncased the CLB-5 colors, signifying the start of their mission in Afghanistan.
Brig. Gen. Charles L. Hudson, commanding general of 1st MLG (FWD), spoke of the accomplishments of CLB-1 Marines over the past seven months. CLB-1 provided tactical logistics support to Regimental Combat Team 7 during Operation Moshtarak in February, where Marines fought to secure the former Taliban stronghold of Marjah, a pivotal move in the war in Afghanistan.
"That will go down in Marine Corps history," said Hudson to a crowd of Marines and sailors after the ceremony. "As we celebrate the Marine Corps birthday for years to come, when we think about the first and second Battle of Fallujah, when we think about Lebanon ... Khe Sahn and Hue City ... Marjah will undoubtedly flow into the conversation as well."
CLB-1 Marines and Sailors also conducted more than 275 combat logistics patrols, noted Hudson.
"I couldn't be prouder of the performance of my Marines over the last seven months," said Rohlfs of the CLB-1 Marines. "They endured a lot. From the nights they worked 24 hours continuously in the cold, or whether it was out on a recovery mission, or working to get vehicles up for the following day's missions, I couldn't ask for more of them. Many a times I asked a lot, and they always came through."
Jarosz looks forward to building on the success of CLB-1 during their tour.
"CLB-1's dedication, their professionalism, their endurance, fighting through all the unique challenges they had ... I expect we'll perform in the same way CLB-1 did to meet the expectation of the supporting units, RCT-7 and the other [I Marine Expeditionary Force Forward] units that are out here," said Jarosz.
Jarosz said CLB-5's main tasks throughout the deployment will be the transportation of supplies to ground units through combat logistics patrols, air delivery and helicopter support teams; improving roads and trafficability for units moving throughout Helmand Province; and maintaining vehicles and equipment that constantly take a beating in the dust-covered rocky Afghanistan terrain.
As challenging as it may be, the CLB-5 Marines are up to the task, said Jarosz.
"These Marines have trained hard," he said. "I think they're confident going into their mission, now we just have to live up to the expectations."