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Citation rewards Logistics Command’s innovative contributions, achievements

18 Nov 2010 | Marti Gatlin, Public Affairs Specialist

Marine Corps Logistics Command Marines and civilian-Marines’ logistics contributions and achievements from October 2007 through June 2009 were rewarded with a Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Lt. Gen. Frank A. Panter Jr., deputy commandant for Installations and Logistics, and Maj. Gen. James A. Kessler, commanding general, Logistics Command, attached a streamer with one star, signifying the unit’s second MUC, to its organizational colors during the Marine Corps 235th Birthday Ball ceremony, Saturday evening at Darton College in Albany.

According to the MUC’s citation, “the personnel of Marine Corps Logistics Command attained a national reputation for implementing and executing significant, far-reaching and innovative logistics solutions for the Marine Corps and in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.”

Col. Ben Braden, chief of staff, Logistics Command, described receiving the coveted award as a means to congratulate Logistics Command’s personnel for their hard work.

“It’s how the Marine Corps recognizes their contributions to the warfighter,” he said. “It’s really about the people and recognizing the people of the command for the outstanding jobs they’ve been doing. This is a direct reflection on the professional workforce we have here at Logistics Command.”

To receive the honor, Logistics Command “affected initiatives and advancements in Marine Corps Geographic and Afloat Pre-positioning, Supply Chain Management, Depot Maintenance programs, revitalized the Marine Corps’ logistics chain, and significantly improved support to the operating forces,” the MUC citation reads.

“The prepositioning forces at sea and geographically as well as the depot workload - all those things come together and are part of the logistics package that provide for the warfighter,” he said. “We’re covering all of the spectrums of combat support, so we have to stay ready and relevant as the commandant (Gen. James Amos) has said to make sure Marines stand ready to execute any mission called upon. We provide the equipment, the maintenance and the sustainment.”

Logistics Command Marines and civilian-Marines have “established wide-ranging precedents that positioned the Logistics Command and the Marine Corps for future success in logistics chain operations,” according to the MUC citation.

“I think the larger role, especially for this award, focused on our forward presence,” Braden said. “This is the first time that Marine Corps Logistics Command has left what we call ‘inside the wire.’ We deployed overseas. We have a forward command presence overseas that is providing direct support to the warfighter, not from Albany, not from Barstow, Calif. We’re supporting them directly out there in now OEF, and previously in OIF. That’s the first time in Marine Corps’ history that our capability was pushed that far forward and sustained as a command.”

Logistics Command personnel also contributed immeasurably to the development of a sound, long-term framework for enhancing logistics support to the warfighter.

“That really ties into our strategic vision that was developed about five years ago,” he said. “It’s focusing on our core capabilities, which is supply chain management, maintenance management and distribution. Everything else we do enables those core capabilities. Wherever Marine forces are, we’re making sure that the equipment gets there on time and in the best condition.

“Maintenance management is focused on the sustainment piece, keeping the readiness high and making sure that equipment is able to do what it is intended to do,” he said.

To continue to improve its level of service, Braden said Logistics Command is “capturing its lessons learned - the good and the bad. Those we want to repeat, we’re making sure they become sustainable and repeatable. Those that we see where we can improve on, we’re making those adjustments, and as we make the adjustments we’re making sure we’re getting the end result we desire. Our focus is to continue that improvement, continue our measures of effectiveness as we sustain the force.”

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