2nd Maintenance Battalion receives Chesty Puller Award
By Lance Cpl. Devin Nichols
| | January 25, 2013
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
Second Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group received the Chesty Puller Award during a ceremony here, Jan. 23.
The award recognizes one unit every year in II Marine Expeditionary Force that displays an uncanny ability to maintain the Marine Corps’ fighting strength and great performance both on and off duty.
The battalion’s nearly 1,000 servicemembers make up only a small portion of the II MEF fighting power, which consists of more than 62,000 Marines and sailors.
“It really represents the outstanding leadership on every level,” said Lt. Col. Craig C. Clemans, a Valparaiso, Ind. native, and the battalion’s commanding officer. “This is based on leadership, and in the Marine Corps, that’s the first, last and most important trait a Marine can have. When you exhibit that and are recognized for it, I’m not sure there is a higher honor for a unit.”
The battalion earned the award for completing approximately 1,600 repair orders and earning a 96 percent average maintenance readiness. Second Maint. Bn. also sent more than 340 Marines to military educational courses, which increased the professional expertise of the unit.
“I really appreciate the great support you give [II MEF],” said Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox, the commanding general of II MEF. “You have a wonderful battalion here – from noncommissioned officers, staff noncommissioned officers and officers, and the fact you work together to keep this MEF running.”
In addition, 2nd Maint. Bn. promoted 435 servicemembers and awarded 582 medals ranging from the Purple Heart to medals for good conduct.
“This is about the Marines,” said Sgt. Maj. Scott M. Schmitt, the battalion sergeant major. “We are fortunate to lead the Marines, but it’s the hard work and dedication of the Marines because without them this is impossible.”