"Force preservation is a vital element of our combat readiness. Engaged leadership at all
levels is the key to ensuring a command climate that demands the preservation of Marine
Corps assets through risk management."
-MCO 5100.29B, Marine Corps Safety Program
The mission of Combat Logistics Battalion 11 is to provide tactical logistics support above
the organic capabilities of supported elements of the 11th MEU. "Mission first, safety always"
is not just a tag line; it is what guides our actions and habits of thought. We must ensure
mission accomplishment while safeguarding our fellow Marines and Sailors. Accomplishing
our mission while maintaining the health and well being of our personnel, and preserving the
state of our equipment is the fundamental goal of our safety program.
Safety is a mission that simply cannot be accomplished without the efforts of every single
member of our Battalion. Safety is a team effort that requires vigilance, persistence and
leadership at every level. Our officer and SNCO leaders must be actively engaged in the
risk management process to ensure we mitigate potential hazards while implementing
proper safety controls. Equally important, our junior leaders will actively engaged in
safeguarding the welfare of the Marines and Sailors on their flanks, and possess the moral
courage to challenge poor decisions and acts. EVERY member of our Battalion has an
obligation to report unsafe acts.
Leaders at all levels must remain vigilant on safety, both on and off-duty, and employ the
proven small-unit leadership, supervision, and risk management tools at the lowest level. I
charge each and every leader to constantly examine their approach to safety, and bring all
available tools to bear to mitigate and manage operational risk.
Force preservation and safety awareness are essential to protecting our most precious
asset – the individual Marine and Sailor.
G. D. THOMPSON
Lieutenant Colonel, USMC
Commanding Officer, Combat Logistics Battalion 11