MARJAH, Afghanistan --
Marines and sailors from a variety of military occupational specialties stepped out of their normal routines April 23-25, to contribute to the XO’s Road Show. The mobile exhibition toured each of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment’s, company operating bases in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan.
The XO’s Road Show is comprised of service members from 3/6’s Headquarters and Service Company who bring valuable services to each of the battalion’s line companies. It also serves as a resupply to the companies.
Different assets were on hand with an array of tasks to perform. Administration clerks were at the event to get paperwork signed. Corpsman assessed the status of the company aid stations and sprayed various tents with insect repellant. Armorers repaired and inventoried weapons and optics. A mechanic was on scene to perform preventative maintenance on generators, the battalion’s career planner assisted Marines thinking of reenlisting and many other service members on the convoy helped contribute to the event.
“We basically provide a variety of resources into one convoy and what you end up with is a one-stop shop,” said Maj. Billy Ray Moore, the executive officer for 3/6.
At each stop, the companies also received a resupply of items such as food and water, which were quickly unloaded by Marines when the supply vehicles pulled into place.
Other services provided at the event included the United Through Reading Program, which allowed Marines and sailors around the battalion to be recorded reading books to their children, siblings, nieces and nephews. Religious sermons and counseling sessions were also performed for the benefit of the companies’ troops.
“I pray with (the troops) and it picks them up,” said Lt. Cmdr. Paul Rumery, the battalion chaplain. “I think that coming out to the companies is good for the morale of our Marines and sailors.”
The leadership from the line companies agrees that the XO’s Road Show is a great asset for their Marines.
“The road show brings the commodities to us,” said Kilo Company first sergeant, 1st Sgt. Jason C. Petrakos. “It allows the Marines to get with various assets to help them out.”
The XO’s Road Show, which moves from place-to-place via ground convoy, made its second go-around the battalion since arriving in Afghanistan. The battalion is committed to getting its Marines the supplies and services they need to be successful and the XO’s Road Show will continue to play an instrumental part in making that happen.
“(The road show) lets the companies know that we have a concerted effort to take care of their issues that are out there on the ground,” said Moore. “Taking everything out at one time really serves to reinforce to the companies that what they need out there on the ground is what they’re going to get.”