CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines and sailors of 1st Marine Logistics Group celebrated their unit’s 67 years of dedicated service during a battle colors anniversary ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 16, 2014.
For more than half a century, the MLG has provided troops on the ground with the logistical support needed to complete their missions.
The ceremony allowed Marines and sailors to pay homage to the MLG’s illustrious history of providing combat logistics support all over the globe. Its past came to life as veterans and active duty Marines of 1st MLG presented battle streamers, representing unit awards, to the group’s commanding general, Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese.
“These ceremonies are really important. It’s important that you watched as we did the battle streamers [handed off by] the veterans and the alumni of this organization,” said Coglianese. “We stand on their shoulders. It’s important that we as Marines always remember our heritage and where we came from.”
The group has deployed to Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan – where MLG Marines are still providing their logistical services.
“As I speak to you today, Combat Logistics Battalion 1 is flying into Afghanistan, and they’re about to relieve CLB-7 who has done a magnificent job,” said Coglianese. “I saw them off the other day, and they just couldn’t wait to go. They know they’re part of Marine Corps history, as they will probably be the last CLB in Afghanistan.”
The CLBs are not the only MLG units currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Earlier this year, a group of Marines, mostly pulled from MLG, deployed to retrograde and systematically remove gear from the forward operating bases throughout Afghanistan as part of R4OG, the Redeployment and Retrograde in support of Reset and Reconstitute Operations Group.
“We have the R4OG who was put together pretty quickly from everybody in this group. They went over there, and they’re doing a phenomenal job in the retrograde,” said Coglianese. “They’re knocking it out of the park. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”
Looking to the future, Coglianese said MLG will continue to provide excellent support as the logistics combat element.
“The world’s a mess” said Coglianese. “It’s not ‘if’ we get called, it’s when. And when we do, 1st MLG will be ready.”