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April 20, 2010

Issue 49

CLR-15 and CLR-17 share commanding officer

Story and Photos by
Cpl. Jacob Singsank
The Convoy Staff


PENDLETON, Calif. – Col. Bruce E.
Nickle assumed the responsibility of
leading Combat Logistics Regiment
15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, along
with his current unit from Col. Joseph
P. Granata during a change of com-
mand ceremony held at the 22 Area
parade deck here, April 14.
Along with assuming command of
CLR-15, Nickle, 44, from Vienna, Va.,
serves as the commanding officer of
Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st
“I feel honored that Brig. Gen. Hud-
son has the confidence in me to take
on this challenge,” said Nickle. “At
the same time, I feel a tremendous
amount of responsibility since I have
to ensure Marines and sailors in both
regiments are ready for Operation
Enduring Freedom 10.2 deploy-
ments, and that we continue to sup-
port training and deployments in and
from Camp Pendleton.”
Nickle’s previous commands gave
him the qualification and experience
needed to lead both regiments simul-
Col. Bruce E. Nickle, 44, from Vienna, Va., assumes the responsibility of leading Combat Logistics Regi- “I was selected because I have a
ment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, from Col. Joseph P. Granata, 48, from Fredonia, N.Y., during a change background in both supply and main-
of command ceremony held at the 22 Area parade deck here, April 14. See COC Page 2

Postal Marines keep morale high ters. To ensure safety of Marines

and sailors, some packages are
sent through x-ray machines and
Story and Photos by
some are hand inspected for any
Lance Cpl. Jerrick J. Griffin prohibited items like drugs and
Forward Staff alcohol.
The process of receiving mail
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Aghani- from the states can take up to 10
stan -- The Marines at the postal days, but there is a quicker alter-
warehouse persevere through native called Moto Mail. A family
extreme heat and vicious sand member or friend can setup an
storms to ensure they complete account at and enter
their mission of delivering mail a Marine’s information and mail-
to the Marines and sailors of Re-
gional Command South. See POSTAL Page 2
The process starts at the flight
line, where a Marine signs and ac- (Left) Lance Cpl. Tiffany Webster,
counts for all the mail that arrives. a postal clerk with Headquarters Pocket-sized pieces
and Service Company, 1st Ma-
After the mail is retrieved from the
flight line it is then brought back rine Logistics Group (Forward)
of mind
to the warehouse where the Ma- sorts through mail at the postal
rines sort through truckloads of warehouse, April 12 at Camp See Page 3
packages and thousands of let- Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
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POSTAL _____
Continued from Page 1 Continued from Page 1
ing address, type the letter and tenance battalions,” said Nickle.
click send. The letter is then sent “With the deployments to OEF, some
to postal Marines at the forward gaps in leadership were created.”
operating base to print and be de- Nickle was available and qualified
livered. to fill the leadership role required by
“[Moto Mail] is a quick and CLR-15.
easy way for [friends and family] Nickle relieved Granata, 48, from
to get messages to the Marines Fredonia, N.Y., who will continue his
out here,” said Lance Cpl. Tif- service as the logistics officer at Ma-
fany Webster, a postal clerk with rine Corps Air Ground Combat Cen-
Headquarters and Service Com- ter, 29 Palms, Calif.
pany, 1st Marine Logistics Group The change of command ceremony
(Forward). included the passing of the colors,
The postal Marines never give incoming and outgoing remarks from
up on their mission of ensuring the commanding officers and a per-
each letter and package gets to Lance Cpl. Matthew Cramer, a postal clerk with Headquarters and Ser- formance by the 1st Marine Division
the intended recipient. vice Company, 1st Marines Logistics Group (Forward) reseals a pack- Band. age at the postal warehouse at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, April During the ceremony, Granata spo-
ke highly of his time commanding the
regiment. He also thanked his fam-
Combat Logistics Battalion 1 Marines, sailors ily and fellow Marines and sailors for
their hard work and dedication during
‘will go down in Marine Corps history,’ general says his tour with CLR-15.
“This is not just a change of com-
Story by mand for me, but the end of an era,”
Staff Sgt. Jennifer Brofer said Granata.
Forward Staff Nearing the end of the ceremony
Granata passed the CLR-15 colors
CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan – Com- to Nickle, intrusting him to lead the
bat Logistics Battalion 1, 1st Marine Marines and sailors of the unit. After
Logistics Group (Forward), transferred receiving the colors, Nickle spoke
authority to Combat Logistics Battalion about CLR-15’s mission and future
5 in a ceremony here, April 16. deployments to Afghanistan.
CLB-1 Commanding Officer Lt. Col. “I understand what CLR-15 does,”
Michael Rohlfs and Battalion Sergeant said Nickle. “Right now it is my num-
Major Sgt. Maj. Richard Charron cased ber one goal to make sure [CLR-15]
the CLB-1 colors, completing their sev- is ready to go.”
en-month tour in Afghanistan. Nickle will lead CLR-15 until a new
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Jarosz, CLB-5 com- commander is available to take the
manding officer, and Sgt. Maj. Brian reigns.
Cullins, CLB-5 sergeant major, un-
cased the CLB-5 colors, signifying the
start of their mission in Afghanistan. Photo by Lance Cpl. Paul Fajardo
Brig. Gen. Charles L. Hudson, com- Lt. Col. Jeffrey Jarosz, commanding officer of Combat Logistics
manding general of 1st MLG (FWD), Battalion 5, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), and Sgt. Maj.
spoke of the accomplishments of Brian Cullins, CLB-5 sergeant major, uncase the CLB-5 colors dur-
CLB-1 Marines over the past seven ing a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan,
months. CLB-1 provided tactical lo- April 16. Combat Logistics Battalion 1 completed a 7-month tour
gistics support to Regimental Combat in Afghanistan providing logistical support to Regimental Combat
Team 7 and other I Marine Expeditionary Force units.
Team 7 during Operation Moshtarak
in February, where Marines fought to CLB-1 Marines. “They endured a lot. throughout the deployment will be the
secure the former Taliban stronghold From the nights they worked 24 hours transportation of supplies to ground
of Marjah, a pivotal move in the war in continuously in the cold, or whether units through combat logistics patrols,
Afghanistan. it was out on a recovery mission, or air delivery and helicopter support
“That will go down in Marine Corps working to get vehicles up for the fol- teams; improving roads and traffic-
history,” said Hudson to a crowd of Ma- lowing day’s missions, I couldn’t ask for ability for units moving throughout
rines and sailors after the ceremony. more of them. Many a times I asked a Helmand Province; and maintaining
“As we celebrate the Marine Corps lot, and they always came through.” vehicles and equipment that constant-
birthday for years to come, when we Jarosz looks forward to building on ly take a beating in the dust-covered
think about the first and second Battle the success of CLB-1 during their tour. rocky Afghanistan terrain.
of Fallujah, when we think about Leba- “CLB-1’s dedication, their profession- As challenging as it may be, the
non ... Khe Sahn and Hue City ... Mar- alism, their endurance, fighting through CLB-5 Marines are up to the task, said
jah will undoubtedly flow into the con- all the unique challenges they had ... I Jarosz. Col. Bruce E. Nickle, assumes the
versation as well.” expect we’ll perform in the same way “These Marines have trained hard,” responsibility of leading Combat
CLB-1 Marines and Sailors also con- CLB-1 did to meet the expectation of he said. “I think they’re confident going Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine
ducted more than 275 combat logistics the supporting units, RCT-7 and the into their mission, now we just have to Logistics Group, from Col. Joseph
patrols, noted Hudson. other [I Marine Expeditionary Force live up to the expectations.” P. Granata, during a change of com-
“I couldn’t be prouder of the per- Forward] units that are out here,” said mand ceremony held at the 22 Area
formance of my Marines over the last Jarosz. parade deck here, April 14.
seven months,” said Rohlfs of the Jarosz said CLB-5’s main tasks
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Pocket-Sized Pieces of Mind: Happenings

Deployed Marines keep reminders of home, luck
and faith close to their hearts Blood Drive
Marine Corps Family Team
Story by scription that reads “Semper Fidelis to do.” Building Blood Drive is
Sgt. Justin Shemanski – I will always love you” is found. In addition to luck, some Marines, scheduled to be held at the
Combat Logistics Battalion 6 The items belong to Lance Cpl. Zech like Lance Cpl. James Vanvalken- Marine Corps Family Team
Stimson, a motor transportation oper- burg, a motor transportation opera- Building and Family Read-
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan ator with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, tor with Bravo Company, CLB-6, 1st iness Center here, April
- The young Marine checked his gear 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), MLG (FWD), look no further than their 20. For more information,
for the last time just a few hours be- who figures it never hurts to have a own faith to safely guide them through contact Randy Johnson
fore he was to depart friendly lines. piece of home around for good luck. the valley of the shadow of death. at (760) 763-7422 or visit
The plan was to leave under the cloak “My wife got it made for me right Two religious challenge coins, which
of darkness, bound for yet another re- before I left,” said the 19-year-old na- he received during pre-deployment
mote outpost in need of resupply deep tive of Lapeer, Mich. “I told her I would training at Marine Corps Air Ground Del Mar Beach Project
in the heart of Helmand province. Re- keep it with me at all times and so far Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Support the Go Green
initiative by helping to
gardless of the somewhat safer guise it hasn’t left my sight. I also keep a Calif., have accompanied him on
clean up Del Mar Beach.
of night, the Marine knew the enemy photo of her with me too.” each of the dozen missions he has
All are welcomed for “Fun
would be watching ... waiting for the When asked why troops carry such participated in since touching down in in the Sun” April 24 from
perfect opportunity to strike, as they things with them, Stimson noted country in late January. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pick up
had so many other times during his memories of friends and family as a “I’ve always been pretty religious. I a registration form at any
last few combat logistics patrols. strong motivation to press through the attend church often back home, and Marine Corps Exchange
He wasn’t nervous though. hardships common throughout com- as often as I am able to out here aboard Camp Pendleton.
In addition to the hundreds of other bat tours. depending on operational require- For more information, call
well-trained Marines equipped with an “I think it’s a comfort thing,” he said. ments,” said the 28-year-old native of (760) 725-6233.
arsenal of some of the world’s most “When things get hard, or you get a Athens, Ga. “This is an easy way for
advanced weapons systems, he had little scared, it’s good to have some- me to always carry the Lord’s blessing Military Spouse Essay Contest
a couple more personal items to in- thing familiar with you to put things with me.” Enter for a chance to win
clude. Perhaps even more powerful into perspective; reminders of good “It’s easy to lose touch with your faith a special day for two with
than any rifle or rocket, he made cer- times.” out here and this is a durable, tangible free childcare included.
tain these items accompanied him on Fellow CLB-6, 1st MLG (FWD) Ma- reminder for me.” The essay has to explain
every mission outside the wire – re- rine Lance Cpl. Nicholas Randolph, To Lance Cpl. Mark Malarkey, a how you, as a military
member, appreciate your
minders of home. a logistics vehicle system operator, heavy equipment mechanic with Alpha
spouse. For more in-
Wrapping a brown leather-strapped wears a pendant given to him by his Company, CLB-6, 1st MLG (FWD),
formation contact Cheri
watch around his wrist and stuffing mother for good luck. trusty pieces of gear in the form of Meredith-Evans at (760)
a tattered letter into the right cargo “When I was home on pre-deploy- haggard boots and recruit training-is- 725-2335.
pocket of his desert Marine Pattern ment leave, my mom noticed that I sued dog tags provide him with more
Utility Uniform – both gifts from a had two dog tags on the same chain peace of mind than any higher power The Base Theater
loved one back home – were always and she asked why,” said the 21-year- or gift of good luck. Mon-Tues - CLOSED
the final actions the Marine performed old native of Wayne, W. Va. “I wore these boots during a deploy- Wednesday -Shutter Island
before heading out. As far as he was Randolph proceeded to spin the ment to Iraq last year, which included (R) 6:30 p.m.
concerned, these simple reminders of somewhat prolific yarn to her, which being mortared [several] times in one Thursday - Alice in Wonder-
life beyond the combat zones of the details how the first tag is left attached month, so I make sure I wear them land (PG) 6:30 p.m.
Middle East were all he needed to to the primary chain around the neck, every time I head out here,” said the Friday - Alice in Wonderland
keep mission accomplishment in his and the second “bag tag” is placed native of Brooklyn Park, Minn., as he (PG) 6:15 p.m.
sights. Upon a closer look, it appeared within a fallen troop’s jaw for recovery kicked his visibly worn boots against Our Family Wedding (PG-13)
he was not the only one who carried at a later point in time. Naturally, his his truck. “So far, so good...” 9 p.m.
such items so close to the heart. mother wasn’t too thrilled to hear this, The variations of these precious Saturday - Alice in Wonder-
Warriors have carried personal tok- so she made him a deal. items found here are endless, but land (PG) 6:15 p.m.
ens into battle since wars have been “She offered to trade a pendant that they all seem to represent one com- Green Zone (R) 6 p.m.
waged, and the practice continues she had always kept for good luck for mon theme. Whether it’s a symbol Shutter Island (R) 8:40 p.m.
among the Marines deployed in sup- my second dog tag, and when I get of a higher power from the Heavens Sunday - !!Free Movies!!
port of Operation Enduring Freedom. home, if all goes well, we will trade or something a little more worldly in The Blind Side (PG-13) 1 p.m.
Dangling from a piece of lightly “mo- back,” said Randolph. “I haven’t taken the form of well-worn combat boots, Alvin and the Chipmunks:The
ondusted” trim within a Mine Resistant it off since. We’ve always been re- it appears nothing is ruled out when Squeakquel (PG) 4 p.m.
Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle, ally close and by keeping it with me, it comes to a safe passage through It’s Complicated (R) 6:30 p.m.
a set of dog tags accompanied by a it feels like she is watching over me Helmand province and beyond.
small silver and green cross and a in some way. It makes me feel more For more information visit
photographic metal tag with an in- secure out here doing what we need

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Photos from the 1st Marine Logistics Group

CLB-13 toughens up for deployment
Story by but in addition to that, they provided
Cpl. Shannon E. McMillan support in building the forward op-
Lance Cpl. Kenneth C. Jasik erating base. Individuals took part
The Convoy Staff in maintaining the security positions
around the FOB.
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND Marines and sailors gained crucial
COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE experience and knowledge that will
PALMS, Calif.-Marines and sailors further assist them, not only for the up
with Combat Logistics Battalion 13 coming deployments, but for future
have a chance to sharpen and ad- operations as well.
vance their skills as they prepare to During the exercise, service mem-
deploy with the 13th Marine Expedi- bers not only improved their job skills,
tionary Unit. but also provided support in building
Not knowing what is in store for the forward operating base. Individu-
them when they deploy, CLB-13 has als also took part in maintaining the
been conducting different scenarios security positions around the FOB.
during their training exercise here. Marines and sailors gained crucial
Training for the service members experience and knowledge that will
began at Camp Wilson. Since the further assist them, not only for the
morning of March 18, they have up coming deployments but for future
completed several training missions, operations as well. Photo by Lance Cpl. Kenneth Jasik
which include convoy operations, he- “I look forward to deploying with Lance Cpl. Eduardo L. Naranjo, Combat logistics Battalion 13, Communica-
licopter support and mass casualty this unit, this battalion is going to be tions Detachment, sights in on a possible threat while acting as guardian
exercises. strongly successful,” said Collins. angel for the forward operating base at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat
The training operations are to help “I’m proud to be a part of this unit.” Center, Twentynine Palms, April 14.
CLB-13 be ready for any obstacles
they may see as a Marine Logistics
Group unit that sustains combat units
with supplies on the front lines.
“[In Afghanstan] we focus on doing
what we can to support the battalions
out there,” said First Sgt. Dennis J.
Collins, battalion sergeant major,
The Marines and sailors are gaining
and reiterating essential information
and skills to assist them in any num-
ber of the infinite situations they may
face while on deployment.
“This training has covered every- Photo by Cpl. Shannon E. McMillan
thing we could face in Afghanistan, A Marine from Combat Logistics
whether it’s improvised explosive de- Battalion 13 holds a live grenade as
he waits to throw it while at Marine Photo by Lance Cpl. Kenneth Jasik
vices, indirect fire or small arms fire,”
Corps Air Ground Combat Center, A Marine from CLB 13 throws a live grenade at Marine Corps Air Ground
said Cpl. Brenton F. Sangster, com- Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, April 14.
Twentynine Palms, April 14.
munications calibrator, maintenance,
Combat Logistics Group 13.
The purpose of the field training
operation is to give the Marines and
sailors the opportunity to gain experi-
ence outside of their daily routine.
Service members were given an
opportunity to throw live grenades.
For some, it was the first time they
have thrown explosive ordnance
since Marine Combat Training.
“It’s good training, you learn some-
thing new everyday in your job and
much more,” said Seaman Anthony
Weber, corpsman, motor transport,
health service detachment, CLB-13.
During the exercise, service mem-
be-rs not only improved their job skills
(Right) A Marine from CLB-13 throws
a live grenade at Marine Corps Air
Ground Combat Center, Twentynine
Palms, April 14.
Photo by Cpl. Shannon E. McMillan
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