Lieutenant Colonel M. T. James
Commanding Officer, Combat Logistics Battalion 5
Commander’s Guidance – We Bring It To The Fight
(14 June 2017)
|1. Operational deployments
|2. Support to 5th Marine Regiment
|3. Support to MAGTF training events
Combat Logistics Battalion 5 has proven itself successful both in operational and garrison environments. With recent deployments to annual exercises and detachment deployments around the world, we have proven ourselves to be responsive in simultaneously supporting distributed operations on a global scale. We will continue to build on this solid foundation of experience and will be responsive by providing scalable combat logistics support to 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), and Marine Corps units worldwide. We will achieve these objectives by preparing our Unit, our individual Marines and Sailors, and our families using teamwork, trust, and mutual respect.
Preparation as a Unit. CLB-5 will train to extend the reach of the Logistics Combat Element to support 5th Marine Regiment and Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) operations. We will continue to experience the annual personnel rotation; however, each of these occurrences presents us with an opportunity to build on the lessons learned and personal experiences. We will seek opportunities to remain tactically engaged, while balancing the support required to sustain 5th Marine Regiment. Our task is to provide direct support tactical logistics to Regimental Combat Team 5 (RCT-5) beyond its organic capabilities in the areas of transportation, intermediate level supply, field level maintenance, and general engineering. In order to accomplish these tasks, we will focus on individual training, conduct unit level collective training, and capitalize on opportunities to operate within a MAGTF. Specific operational requirements which will remain our aiming points are the SPMAGTF-CR-CC and other operational deployments. We must also stand ready for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) Operations. We will develop as a Unit with the ability to provide multi-functional detachments with appropriate leadership, command and control, and experience to accomplish the assigned tasks.
Preparation of our individual Marines and Sailors. The readiness and welfare of each individual Marine and Sailor in CLB-5 directly relates to the readiness of our Unit. All leaders will maintain the steady operational heartbeat of the Unit by consistently developing and executing individual and collective training plans that ensure individual proficiency. We will all seek to challenge our Marines and Sailors to identify and solve complex problems with innovative solutions. We will balance the development of occupational specialties with the development of leadership skills, founded upon solid doctrine. The strength of any unit is dependent on its small unit leaders. Training, coaching, mentoring, and developing our Marines and Sailors will enable our Unit effectiveness.
Preparation of our families. The welfare of our families directly relates to the readiness of our Marines and Sailors. We will continue to build a strong Unit family network, where family members have trust in the Marine Corps and in the leaders of CLB-5. Our family members expect and deserve courteous and responsive support from family readiness professionals and our Battalion’s leaders. The families of our Marines and Sailors are the CLB-5 family.
Our Endstate: CLB-5 is ready in all things and for all things. We are prepared to respond with unparalleled expeditionary combat logistics support for training and operational requirements. Our continuous objective is a high-state of unit readiness – personnel, equipment, and training.
M. T. James
Lieutenant Colonel, USMC
Commanding Officer, CLB-5