MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 25 sustained unit operability with a command post exercise across Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Feb. 2.
The exercise was stood up as a pre-cursor to the II Marine Expeditionary Force CPX, while assessing the capabilities of the elements within 2nd Marine Logistics Group and its regiments to be ready to support combat service operations.
“The purpose of this CPX is to enable each regimental staff within the MLG to properly plan and execute the directives given to provide tactical combat service support to the MEF and its operating forces,” said Gunnery Sgt. Corey D. Thomas, the radio chief for the regiment.
At Soiffert Field, the regiment’s communications and command operations center were actively engaged.
“Out here, we are fulfilling the roles of the Command Operations Center, to include the transfer of information between us and the various commodities within CLR-25,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brad Fair, the watch officer during the exercise. “We have Marines that direct communications, supply, administration, intelligence and so forth.”
Fair explained training scenarios his COC was responsible for working through, to include conducting humanitarian operations during a snowstorm and the resulting obstacles.
“We simulated working through the challenge of having snow and ice on the roads while battalions were going out,” Fair said. “It’s still our responsibility to set up supply points and communications for the local nationals.”
The mission of 2nd MLG is to provide general support combat logistics to all forces operating in the MEF battlespace. At the time of the MEF exercise, the group will sub-task mission directives from the MEF operations center to their regiments, with each fulfilling their designated specialty.
“My job as the radio chief is to extend tactical services on multiple channels to distant sites to enable combatant commanders to effectively communicate,” Thomas said. “This CPX gives our newer Marines the chance to train before they are called to do their job in a deployed environment.”