CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq -- Providing direct combat support to Marines in the Fallujah area is a mission Combat Logistics Battalion 5, 1st Marine Logistics Group (FWD), took responsibility of in a transfer of authority ceremony here, March 12, 2006.
The unit assumes this role as their Camp Lejeune, North Carolina-based counterparts from CLB 8 head home after a seven-month stint providing logistical support for Regimental Combat Team 8. Delivering supplies such as food, water, and ammunition were daily missions for the unit. During the elections here in December, CLB 8 was part of Operation Liberty Express, and delivered election supplies and provided security in some of the more dangerous parts of Fallujah.
Combat Logistics Battalion 5, made up primarily of Marines of the 1st Marine Logistic Group from Camp Pendleton, Calif., will serve in direct support of Regimental Combat Team 5 and perform missions like building and fortifying bases, repairing and clearing roads along transportation routes, and providing supplies to forward deployed combat units in their area of operations.
“We are here to help the RCT get the Iraqi Security Forces up to speed,” said Lt. Col. Randy J. Lawson, commanding officer, CLB 5. “We would like, more than anything else, to improve on the things that CLB 8 has done.”
The Marines of CLB 5 will be deployed to the area for the next seven months, while Multi-National Forces-West continues to aid in the rebuilding of the Iraqi Security Forces.