FORWARD OPERATING BASE ST. MERE, Iraq -- The I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group completed the longest convoy in the unit's history March 11, traveling over 800 km from staging areas in Kuwait to Forward Operating Base St. Mere, Iraq.
The Marines and sailors began the journey from Camp Victory, Kuwait March 8 and after some challenges arrived in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division's area of operations three days later.
"Overall the convoy went very well," said 1st Lt. Jacob Berry, the convoy commander and I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group motor transportation officer. "The unplanned was planned for."
The Marines of I MHG motor-T have been planning for this convoy since the end of their last deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, working extended hours for three months, said Berry. The long hours and preparation significantly reduced the amount of breakdowns on the move north.