Commanding officer

To the Families and Friends of CLR-15 (FWD), We are one month closer to returning home and it is exciting to think about it, but we are clearly focused on the mission at hand. The Marines and Sailors are committed to FINISHING STRONG and we are well on our way. Just like during a road race, as you round the corner and you see the finish line, we are picking up the pace. It is inspiring to see such commitment, dedication, and determination. An astute observer once said long ago, “We look to the heavens and see a bright star shining above. We cannot become that star, but each one of us knows we can use its heavenly light to help direct us on our journey.” The Marine and Sailors of CLR-15 (FWD) are that great shining star – their example offers direction, insight, and wisdom into how to conduct ourselves and how to lead. In everything they do, they shine brightly and serve as a valuable guide for us all. As I have expressed to you before, it is an absolute privilege and honor to SERVE WITH such special men and women. General Norman Schwarzkoph once said, “I admire men of character, and I judge character not by how men deal with their superiors, but mostly how they deal with their subordinates, and that, to me, is where you find out what the character of a man is.” I strive to live up to this standard and the leadership philosophy of CLR-15 (FWD) is etched with this principle firmly in place. The incredible team of the Mighty 15 deserves nothing less than this and please rest assured your loved ones are doing exceptionally well. The days are long, the temperatures are rising, the challenges are present, but nothing can stop or slow down this incredibly talented group of Marines and Sailors. Whether it is repairing a critical vehicle, transporting important material, supplying vital equipment, providing escort security, or saving lives, CLR-15 (FWD) has paved the way for the 1st Marine Logistics Group Forward in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Marines and Sailors have unequivocally improved the READINESS of I MEF (FWD), brilliantly RESPONDED to unit demands, RELIABLY performed all missions, undeniably demonstrated RESILIENCE, and firmly established indispensable RELATIONSHIPS to enhance the ability of units participating in Counterinsurgency Operations. Thank you for your continued support and prayers, we are all blessed to have you in our lives and your encouragement is so important to our success. “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Rest assured, we know where we are going and we are on a path to your arms and mission accomplishment. Semper Fi, K. J. Stewart LtCol USMC

Sergeant major
Families and Friends of CLR-15(FWD), I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend, but it was business as usual for our Marines and Sailors in Afghanistan over the holiday weekend. The days are going by fast for us and I can’t believe we are a month closer to coming home. We are now past the halfway mark of our deployment and are excited about returning home to our families and friends, but there is still a lot of work to do before we come home. The weather has been very hot and there have been a lot of dust storms over the last couple of weeks. We are hearing that July is the hottest month in country and we should get some relief in August when the temperatures will stay around 100 degrees. No matter what the situation or working conditions the Marines and Sailors are still working very hard and continue to impress me on a daily basis. The Marines and Sailors are accomplishing every mission they are given in an outstanding manner. They have done great things in the last three months and continue to impress all the other units in country. All of the senior enlisted of the units that we support have nothing but great things to say about the service we provide them on a daily basis. Our morale is still very high and we appreciate all of the support that you have given us during this deployment. We will stay focused on the mission and keep in our thoughts and prayers every day. Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing all of you very soon. Semper Fi, SgtMaj J.S. Miller

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To the Family & Friends, I am pleased to be writing the July newsletter as we have passed the half way point. I am even more pleased to say the Marines and Sailors of H&S Company have not slowed down for a moment. I can say with confidence H&S Company is the core behind the strongest Regiment in the Helmand Province. Each section has made its mark on this country and I am excited to think about what we will accomplish in the remaining three months. The work the Marines and Sailors of H&S accomplished after the SMU fire was truly remarkable, nevertheless the Company is hungry for more. Our communications Marines have made more progress wiring new buildings and lots in three months than could have been expected over an entire deployment. In the month of June our Combat Operations Center orchestrated 25 Combat Logistics Patrols, 3 Partnered Operations, 18 Recovery Missions, and 5 Escorted missions. Our logistics Marines planned 132 flights moving personnel and supplies throughout the battle space. Needless to say the Company is doing extraordinary things. We all look forward to seeing our friends and family soon. Please enjoy the rest of the summer. Semper Fidelis! 1st Lt Matthew Russell

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Above: Sergeant Paul Vail

Sgt Vail came to H&S Company from 1st MLG FWD to help run our armory. He stepped on deck with a full head of steam and quickly stood up one of the finest armories in Afghanistan. During his time with H&S Company he earned the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his outstanding work. Sgt Vail left Afghanistan in June for medical reasons unrelated to work. As we lose an integral component of our force, we believe his work ethic, and the way he trained his subordinates, will ensure the continued success of the CLR-15 (FWD) armory. Cincinnati Ohio will soon get their outstanding Marine back, as he will be taking over his father’s business as a brick mason. Although, his wife Adiee, daughter Aubrey, and son Aiden, welcome him home, the S-4 will miss him greatly. We are glad you will be there for the birth of your newest son Sgt Vail. We want to thank you for what you did out here. You’re a great leader, a great friend, and a phenomenal person. You will succeed where ever life takes you.

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1stSgt’s 2 CENTS: We can see the light! Your Marines and Sailors are committed to finish as strong as they started. God Bless, 1stSgt McEvoy Below: The ribbon cutting ceremony for the CLR-15 (FWD) gazebo (aka CO’s Think Tank) with Commanding Officer LtCol K. J. Stewart and S-4 lead, Cpl Karhoff.

Above: We had the privilege to receive shirts from UFC’s premiere cutman, Jacob “Stitch” Duran. As a token of appreciation, we sent him a photo which he posted on his website. Check it out:

Birthday SHOUT OUTs!
LCpl Korrey Ostler (July 7) LCpl William Tanner (July 8) MSgt Veronica Munoz (July 12) HM2 Donnie Robertson (July 12) LCpl Sarah Kalkstein (July 13) Cpl Francis Hayden (July 15) Sgt Emmanuel Boyd (July 16) 1stLt Graciani’s wife, Marilyn Graciani (July 30)

CONGRATS!!! “We’re having a Boy!” Cpl Ronal Riosmoran and his wife America, expecting parents.

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We have come a long way since arriving in country over 3 months ago - yes it has been 3 months already and we are at the half way point of our deployment. When we reflect on the last three months and all that we have accomplished, there have so many accomplishments it is hard to remember all of them. During the month of June we rotated 1/3 of each of our sections, mechanics in the IMA lot between the MRAP, MRAP-ATV and legacy equipment, in order to ensure that all mechanics are trained on all of the Motor Transport equipment used in support of I MEF operational forces. Also, since half of our brothers and sisters are Reservists, this will improve their technical proficiency in their MOS and in the Marine Forces Reserve. During the last month we’ve had several mechanics who were interviewed and a public affairs article published about our ability to rebuild/repair I MEF’s MRAPs. Also, SSgt Cooke (MTM Recovery Chief) conducted a live interview for NBC San Diego. He was chosen due to the outstanding recovery support that his team provides to I MEF operational forces. The links below will take you to the website. The Marines at GS MT are in high demand since the platoons in GS MT conduct frequent Combat Logistics Patrols. The mechanics at GS MT have risen to the occasion and assisted in over 20 convoys, providing pre-operational and post operational checks on all vehicles allowing the operators to shift their focus on the safety of the loads, the equipment they are hauling, and enabling them to get much needed rest to return to base in a safely. To date the Marines have completed 320 different repairs to the over 250 vehicles that are moving supplies and equipment down the road. The first place equipment goes when it arrives in country is the IIP lot. Once there, the IIP maintenance team works to identify defects quickly. Once all defects have been identified, repairs are conducted to the equipment to ensure it is operational and combat ready. From there, all motor transport assets are sent to the Joint Projects Office lot to get additional equipment installed. From there, vehicles requiring gunner turrets are sent to IMA where the modifications are applied. From April 20th to May 9th, the IIP Maintenance team has conducted 163 limited technical inspections (LTIs) and has performed repairs on 120 pieces of equipment. Good job IIP!

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Headquarters Platoon
Another month has gone by and the Marines of Headquarters (HQs) Platoon continue to impress. It’s amazing the ingenuity and work ethic of Marines as they are continually tested mentally and physically away from home. The long hours and harsh climate have taken their toll on everyone, but parts are still getting ordered, shipped, and received, paperwork is still getting filed and the reporting is still getting accomplished. All of this while moving into our new homes, the Maintenance Company and Maintenance Management Office buildings. The compliments are also pouring in. CLR-15 (FWD) is definitely being touted as the tip of the logistical spear. The Marines here are changing the pace of operations and leading the Marine Logistics Group (MLG) in accomplishing the mission. The support that the Marines in HQs Plt are giving directly impacts Maintenance Company’s support to the MEF. I am proud of the efforts and determination of each and every one of the Marines in HQs Platoon for persevering during these challenging times. Know that the support they receive from their friends and family does not go unnoticed. It puts a hop in their step for every mail call when the letters, postcards and packages are received. A special congratulations to Cpl Clark on his meritorious promotion to Corporal this month and SSgt Hunter for his selection to Gunnery Sergeant.

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Hello All,

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We are definitely on the downward slope of the deployment. I know all of you are as eager to get us home as we are to get there. I continue to be impressed with the level of dedication your Marines and Sailors have displayed through hot days and long hours. The new lot is improving everyday and while we knew we are the premier logistics organization in the Marine Corps we’re starting to look like it. This month has been one of visits from high ranking government officials and General Officers. Just to make things interesting we were also visited by the Field Supply and Maintenance Analysis Office. They inspected the General Account, Fiscal, Customer Service, System Operations and the Initial Issue Point. We fared pretty well overall, a testament to the hard work of the Company. We are looking forward to rejoining all of you and the time is flying by. We’ll be back in no time! Cheers, Maj Doug Burke

Family and Friends, We have passed the half way point of this deployment and are well on our way to seeing a bit of light at the end of the tunnel. Much of the company is starting to think about their departure from Afghanistan. For some, it started the day we arrived, while others awaited the arrival of the extreme heat or until our days remaining in theater dropped below 90. I often hear Marines and Sailors discussing their leave plans for the return. I have heard it all; from luxurious cruises, visits to isolated places, trips to Las Vegas and the ever so popular Disney Land. Each person has something different which they are looking forward to and I enjoy listening to their plans. The new Supply Management Unit compound is coming along nicely. A few of the buildings which we will soon occupy are almost complete, while others are still in various stages of construction. Some will transition over to the new facilities in the following weeks and be able to say goodbye to the tents which they have been working from. It will be a welcomed change for many. Not sure if you heard yet, but a cold front bombarded this week dropping temperatures below 110. I am sure a few are looking forward to the new facilities just so they have a place to step inside and warm up from the cold. I can only hope that the heat is going to break and we see a trend of cooling begin. While the company has been actively engaged and not letting the heat interfere with their performance, we have taken steps to reduce the amount of personnel exposed to the heat by establishing night time schedules. We still have day time commitments but are trying to remain creative and accomplish a majority of our work in the cooler hours of the day. I would like to thank those of you who increased the frequency of your communications or sent a few more packages to the warriors of Supply Company this month. This additional communication was well received and well deserved. I ask that we keep this ongoing throughout this month too. The company continues to do a bang up job and mail call remains the highlight of the day. 1stSgt Ray Stephens

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Family and friends, We are a little more than half way done with the deployment and we are hoping the next half will go by quicker so we can get back home to you all. This month has been a busy one. We’ve had a few adjustments to work schedules but we are pushing through it all and doing what we do. Cpl Sanders, Christiane attended the Corporals Course from 27 June to 17 July and Cpl Silva, Ivan attended the Grey Belt MCMAP Course from 28 June to 16 July. Both have successfully been able to handle these courses and a college course simultaneously in addition to working their normal shifts. Both Marines are doing an outstanding job troubleshooting issues our customers send in and providing all the reports to support the using units with ability to track their equipment in the maintenance cycle more effectively. They have made it an interesting deployment with their sense of humor and their funny antics. There is never a dull day. Thank you for all the love and support you have shown us thus far. God Bless. GySgt Cruz, Ramonita MISCO Chief

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The warfighting Marine counts on six essential elements: intelligence, command and control, fire, maneuver, force protection, and logistics, all of which are important and all equal. As Ammunition Technicians in Afghanistan, our job falls under logistics. It all starts in our Records Section where all the ammunition is documented by and electronic data-base. Maintaining records falls on the back of a section NCO and a troop. This small team of number crunchers and desk jockeys supply the documentation that those responsible for storing the ammunition need to in order to fill a support request. Once Records has processed the ammunition orders, whether they are for emergency (in the fight) usage, or for training purposes, it moves along to the Storage section. Ammunition Storage Marines in Afghanistan are those who have proven knowledge of the ammunition, its storing capacities, weights and factory counts back home. Storage Marines, our heavy lifters, the bottom line of the 2311 field, locates, inspects, counts, recounts, and moves the ammunition into the distribution point. This is where the Ammunition Issue Marines steps in. Issuing or distributing consists of preparing all requests for shipment to the frontline warfighter, whether by standing guard while it is loaded onto trucks or securing and netting it onto helicopters r placing it inside a KC130 for delivery. This process continues day in and day out whether it’s two hundred pallets of artillery rounds, or ten pin flares, the process, the work, and the integrity and importance of mission accomplishment stays the same. Insuring this, our NCO's, Staff NCO's and Officer meticulously watch and look after the jobs at hand, improving and helping when appropriate, fixing mistakes when found, and encouraging the hard work that they see. Supporting the overseeing of this FASP’s (Field Ammunition Supply Point) daily routines also falls on the shoulders of our IAC (Inventory Accuracy Control) and QC (Quality Control) Marines, untying any knots that result in our daily wiring.

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AMMO continued…
The 2311 MOS is alive and well during these summer months in Afghanistan. Physical training taking an even larger role than it does in the rear, each Marine waiting on their turn, should it arise, to go into the fight. Our days start at around 0530 with some mornings starting with unit runs and some mornings just a long drive to FASP to start work. We arrive at the FASP gear up or down depending on what the day calls for, report to our section and start hustling. It’s around 100 degrees everyday here so the hustle quickly works at the body. Hydration is key to mission accomplishment here at the ASP. Hundreds of bottles of water are consumed every day. Chow time rolls in on us around 1130, probably everyone’s favorite part of the day. Every section, plus the NCO's, Staff NCO's and Officer convene in the building that our Maintenance Section Marines constructed for us, gathered around a very large table and bench area that has a great ability to bring us together to enjoy a respite, chow, ammunition classes, story sharing, and occasionally some card games. Some of our Marines use this time to hit the gym for a second dosage of physical training, saving only the last few minutes for a quick bite of chow before its back to the daily grind. We have here in Afghanistan two crews, one for day operation and one for night operations. It has created a great chance at getting twice as much accomplished, giving the troops and NCOs’ a bigger role in small unit leadership, which has always and will always play a part in the forming of a solid Marine Corps. We have now passed the half way point. Our work place looks completely different than when we arrived. New buildings for IAC and QC, Maintenance and a new chow and troop downtime area, have made everything better and more useful than when we arrived. We have decided as a company that if we don’t leave our mark here in Afghanistan both with our work proficiency and our actual structures then we will have wasted our time. Everyone here has really hit their stride and as much as we feel we are running on auto-pilot sometimes, we are progressively getting stronger and smarter with each day passing. We all look forward to going home to the states whether it’s in 3 months or next year, we just don’t want to leave till we feel accomplished, and as any salty Marine can tell you, there’s always more work to be done. Rah. LCpl Nik J. Gay

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In System Operations we provide support by processing all the units data and then providing them reports to help make supply decisions. We analyze all the negative trends throughout the supply chain and assist units with any problems they may have. We have a few “First Timers”, Marines on their first deployment. However, they have adapted and adjusted well and continue to do GREAT things! Our OIC and Marines of SysOps would like to give their special shout outs and the first thing they would like to do upon return to stateside. CWO2 Ratz- “I WOULD LIKE TO SEND A SHOUT OUT TO MY FAMILY AND THE FIRST THING I’M GOING TO DO WHEN I GET BACK IS GO TO IN-N-OUT.” Sgt Perez- “HELLO TO MY FAMILY! SLEEEEEEEEEEEEP, THEN TAKE MY FAMILY TO MACARONI GRILL.” Cpl Sincebaugh- “I CAN’T WAIT TO GET HOME AND FINALLY UNWIND.” LCpl Hartley- “SHOUT OUT TO THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, LETS REPEAT. I CAN’T WAIT TO BE HOME FOR FOOTBALL SEASON.” LCpl Chavez- “I LOVE YOU MIKE… I CAN’T WAIT TO GET HOME AND BE WITH MY FAMILY.” LCpl McNally- “I CAN’T WAIT TO GET HOME AND DRINK A COLD ONE IN FRONT OF THE TELEVISION.” We truly miss our families and friends, as we are in your prayers you are also in ours. We continue to stay strong and look forward to the day we are reunited! God Bless and Semper Fi! Sgt Catalina M. Perez

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To All, It’s been a GREAT month thus far. We had the pleasure of promoting a number of Marines from Lance Corporal to Corporal and from Corporal to Sergeant. Lance Corporals Diaz, Barbera, Depina, May, Reid, Infantino, May and Santiago were all promoted to Corporal, and will be wearing the Non-Commissioned Officer Blood Stripe on their Dress Blue trousers with pride this fall. Corporals Eggleston, Henderson, Oldaker and Preston were all promoted to the rank of Sergeant…frequently referred to as the BEST rank in the Marine Corps. Then Lance Corporal, now Corporal, Depina was also selected as the Company’s Road Warrior of the Month for the month of June in addition to being promoted to his current rank. A hearty congratulation to these well deserving Marines! SEMPER FI! Capt Charlie Hines

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Above Right: LCpl Curran and his wife, Alexandra, meet the Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps who presented him with a Purple Heart for injuries sustained from an IED on a Combat Logistics Patrol.

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Hello Family and Friends! It’s the middle of summer here and our Marines have been operating full throttle in the month of July! The operational tempo has been strong and time is going by quickly. We are now over the halfway point and preliminary planning has already begun for the Marines who are coming out to replace us. Our Marines are learning leaps and bounds about their jobs and about themselves. They’re staying motivated and working together as a team. Our Marines continue to accomplish their missions despite the consistent, harassing sand storms and heat that now often exceeds 110 degrees. With that being said, their desire to serve their Country and Corps is unbending. Rest assured you can be proud of each and everyone one of them. As always, we sincerely appreciate the many kind emails, letters and packages we regularly receive. Semper Fidelis, 1stSgt Miller

security company
This Month’s contribution to the Regimental news letter is written by LCpl Caitlin Campbell of Washington State . LCpl Campbell is an avid reader and a prolific short story writer. She is a driver in first platoon security company and has amassed over 3420 miles while conducting 52 missions across southern Helmand Province, Afghanistan. She is a hard worker who is very reliable. She is always at her appointed place of duty at the appointed time. LCpl Campbell represents the epitome of our Corps values of honor, courage and commitment. She works as hard if not harder than her peers. She conducts all missions courageously and with due diligence. LCpl Campbell is also a representative sample of the Marines of Security Company and Combat Logistics Regiment-15 (Forward), who willingly operate in harm’s way day-in and day-out across the desert sands of Helmand Province and the Helmand River valley. LCpl Campbell has submitted a package to join the Marine Security Guard program where she will continue to represent the Marine Corps in foreign countries alongside the State Department. We hope she gets accepted in the program. Enjoy her contribution.

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Hello Again to all our families: We have now passed the half way point, and Glory and Honor be to God for protecting us thus far and as I have previously mentioned, it is my prayer that he will do the same for the remainder of the deployment. Your Marines and Sailors are getting excited about coming home, as they should because you all have shown your support for them since leaving the parade deck. This reason alone makes the company’s overall morale high. I sincerely thank you for your consistency in supporting by mail, phone calls and taking care of the home front. You have made this deployment a fun and exciting one. I want to say to all, as we start coming on the down-hill side of this adventure, remain extremely flexible as it pertains to solid dates for return. Your Marines and Sailors may tell you a day they are returning but just as sure as I am writing this portion of the news letter, “It Will Change.” Not as a result of anything that we can prevent, so please do not purchase tickets or lock your-selves into any nonrefundable purchases. Additionally, please keep your own safety and security in mind; you do not want to put this type of information on face book, my space or anything of that nature. Again, thanks for all you do back home and we will see you soon. As I conclude, I again want to reiterate how blessed we have been thus far and I know it’s because of praying families. So please keep on praying and do not stop until you are hugging your Marine or Sailor. CONGRATULATIONS We want to say congratulations to the below listed Marines. Cpl Flores, Ramiro: Certificate of Commendation for Marine of the Quarter LCpl Allender, Jared: Good Conduct Medal Sgt Boniface, Rodney: Good Conduct Medal Sgt Munn Darren: Good Conduct Medal May God Bless You All in my Prayers GySgt, Alvin T. Dupree Jr Security Company First Sergeant

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The Story So Far By LCpl Caitlin R. Campbell This was difficult to write, but I see that as a good thing. It means the deployment has gone smoothly so far, and most likely will continue to run without hiccups until the end. Just to clarify the tone, there is nowhere else I would rather be at this moment. This has been one of the best experiences of my life and I know my mind will still find itself here long after our last tire tracks are covered by sand and wind. Time and the pace of our operations have blurred the memory of our landing in country, but about three months ago we arrived in Afghanistan full of apprehension tempered by our confidence to have a successful deployment. Yes, we had been trained, but how much can you tell someone about a deployment, and how much has to be left to the individual to experience? A few weeks after our long-awaited arrival, the missions began. Initially we had two platoons, three squads each, and we were conducting Combat Logistics Patrols (CLPs). These consisted mainly of resupply missions to other bases nearby. Bases with airstrips of their own and I still can’t figure out the logic behind those logistics. Whatever the case, new and exciting things just kept on coming. A fourth squad was created, originally to provide security for Explosive Ordnance Disposal. Eventually this squad became Immediate Reaction Team. Second platoon took on the responsibilities of Quick Reaction Force and my own squad began running missions to Marjah. I was elated; there were rivers and trees and people! Looking at something other than endless wasteland and swirling moon dust was a welcome change. We were tasked with escorting much needed supplies of water to the Marines operating in Marjah but, by the third mission it was unwanted water. The company has had its share of passive-aggressive enemy engagement, and that we haven’t lost anyone is indisputably a relief. That said, the CLPs are all very routine. Drive there, drive back, maybe see a camel or seventy. A note on camels, these are creatures without fear. These I’m-going-tostand-in-front-of-a-multi-ton-vehicle-and-not-move creatures, they’re either more solid than they look or we have suicidal camels. Can’t really blame them, I wouldn’t want to live here either. Oh wait…

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Life goes on, to put it simply. There’s always something to miss, somewhere else to be, someone to play cards with where ever you find yourself in the world. Here in Afghanistan is not that much different from being home, save that we are so far removed from luxury and free will. The job you do becomes your freedom, it’s the best thing you have to hold on to. The individual job gets done, mission accomplishment just happens. Trucks get stuck, pulled out and we continue. Trucks get hit, towed, and we continue. Loads fall off, fluids leak, tires go flat, mine rollers break, mine rollers break again (it bears repeating), communication breaks down, still the mission goes on. You always get up and march, so when it comes time for mindless busy work that is always done wrong the first time all you can do is laugh and know it could be worse. It’s not just the events outside the wire that deserve attention, much of what happens on base warrants some recognition. Let’s explore the motor pool. What was once an empty lot is now full of portable plastic buildings, Conex Boxes (train cars, basically), trucks, and a pull-up bar that was once made of a tent-pole. This obviously was not ideal, as tent poles by their very nature are flexible. It’s amazing what can happen with the bare bones of civilization’s materials when you add in several dozen Marines. Still, this whole lot in all of its practical military splendor is temporary. I can’t wait to see what new wonderland we’ll be working in next. The suspense is making me tense, good thing we have a pull-up bar. This facetiousness does lead me into a conclusion. Without a sense of humor, you really can’t survive in this line of work. Humor gets you out of your head, gets you up on your feet in the morning only able to laugh that zero four will always be a stupid time to be awake no matter what time zone you’re in. Twenty-four hour posts will never really be desirable, nor will taking ten hours to go eighty miles. Still, sanity is kept through being able to laugh after all is said and done. Of all the gunners and drivers, vehicle commanders, and dismounts, Security Company’s real greatest strength is getting through the day in good humor.

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A famous philosopher once said, “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” For Charlie Surgical Company this deployment hasn’t always been smooth, however its members have risen to, and overcome the challenges they have been faced with. All members are credited with overcoming these obstacles, however it is the quality of leadership that makes this ship sail. Commanding Officer; Commander Christine Mankowski, Executive Officer LT; Jason Custodia, and Senior Enlisted Leader; HMC Barry Floyd, are those who can be credited with running the Charlie Surgical ship. With members of the company dispersed throughout five different Camps and FOBs across the Helmand Province area of operation, these leaders rely heavily on the Senior Officers, Chiefs, and 1st Classes in which they have delegated the authority to run operations at each of the respective locations. Senior Enlisted Leader, Chief Barry Floyd, when asked to elaborate on this matter, said: “Being on the Marine side, flexibility is crucial because circumstances can change at a moment’s notice. As the leaders we have to rely greatly on our Senior Officers, Chiefs, and HM1 Dudding down at Marjeh, to relay vital information by phone and E-mail. We have to stay flexible because sometimes connectivity (internet) is lost, and there are certain Regiment deadlines we have to meet. As far as our members go, they have done everything the Commander has asked of them, and they have remained flexible, just like they have been since day one in January when we first came together as a group.” With the midway point of the deployment nearing, one thing is certain; Charlie Surgical Company has certainly fulfilled their mission of saving the lives of Marines in Afghanistan. To conclude; the seas haven’t always been smooth for Charlie Surgical Company during this deployment; however those same seas have created skillful Sailors and Marines.

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Some days here in Afghanistan we ponder of the notion that perhaps we are serving our country on a different planet. The fact that life doesn’t stop back in the States is difficult to grasp at times; knowing that our kids are saying their first words, the Los Angeles Lakers are winning NBA titles, and the latest and greatest technological gadget is hitting the shelves at Best Buy. The fact that we aren’t home to witness these splendorous events can be very trying at times. The monotony of a day here is as inevitable as death itself, and the only way to maintain positive morale in this Biblical-aged forgotten country is to bind to each other’s emotions and provide support for one another in times of trial and tribulation. For LT Jeff Borut, Trauma Surgeon of Charlie Surgical Co., he and his wife Jenny had their first child, daughter Taylor Rose Borut (8 lbs. 11 oz.), on May 7 th. Although he was not able to be in the physical presence of this extraordinary event, members of Charlie Surgical Company emotionally gathered around him and had a “It’s A Girl” Cigar Celebration under the illuminating stars at Camp Dwyer. It is a reassuring thought to know that regardless of how many nautical miles we are away from our family and friends, knowing that we are all under the same stars is a relieving feeling for all.

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Medical School and Hospital Corps School trained us how to use tools such as stethoscopes and scalpels, not nail guns and Miter Saws. Given the task of drafting and constructing a Level II medical facility at FOB EDI, the ADVON “Construction Party” of Charlie Surgical Co., consisting of 22 members with a range in professional scope of Corpsman to Emergency Trauma Surgeon, all sacrificed sweat and calories (some sacrificed blood) to create a Taj Mahalesque medical facility. Their hard work and dedication to their mission proved to be prosperous as they were fully operationally capable after just 13 days of dawn to dusk rigorous labor. A special thanks to Master Gunnery Sergeant Johns and his crew for providing us with the essential tools and foundational expertise necessary to build our facility. On another note, Charlie Surgical Company Senior Officer In Charge Captain Michael Schlegel, gained the title of being Charlie Surgical Company’s “Master Carpenter” for his excellent woodworking projects.

Greetings from the Chaplain
Have you ever heard the saying, “What goes around, comes around?” This is the in-a-nutshell teaching of karma, a concept that is familiar to Buddhists, Hindus, and others in many world religions. Karma is an ancient Indian word, but many Americans have heard of it and believe in it to some degree, although in a casual sense, as in invoking the idea of karma against somebody who has done something “bad,” like the above saying. But what does karma actually mean? Karma literally means “action.” Specifically, it refers to three kinds of action: physical, mental, and verbal. That is, our actions, our thoughts, and our speech all can create karma. These actions can be good, bad, or neutral. Every action brings about a corresponding re-action, just as in the laws of physics. In the Buddhist religion, karma is a moral teaching: we believe bad actions lead to suffering and good actions lead to happiness. We also believe that this retribution or reward may happen either in our own lifetime, or in another lifetime (the doctrine of rebirth, or reincarnation), so although we believe all actions have its effect, its “ripening,” this may not necessarily happen in our own lifetime. Also, any good or bad action that happens to us in this lifetime may have had its origin either in past actions in this lifetime or in a past life. We do not know when karma will “ripen,’ or occur. Therefore the doctrine of karma is to teach us to always strive to live a moral life, and to understand and know how to maintain when tragedy strikes. Karma is also mentioned in the Bible! Galatians 6:7 states, “You will always harvest what you plant.” Thus, the universality of karma has been recognized by many religious beliefs, although the word itself may be a little different. Karma also has roots in the Golden Rule: do to others as you would have them do to you. This teaching is observed by virtually all beliefs, even secular beliefs. Whether or not you choose to believe karma is, of course, up to you. But whatever religion or spiritual belief you may subscribe to or not, it is the truth that there are inevitable results of the actions we commit, positive and negative. We may also never know the ultimate results of our actions. Being able to recognize this most basic fact of life can help guide us in decisions for what is beneficial for ourselves and others, and to avoid the opposite. Namaste! (Peace!)

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals
LCDR Delpidio; Bravo LTJG Burrell; Bravo LTJG Martinez; Bravo HM1 Alvarenga; Bravo HM1 Blaine; Bravo SSgt Coleman; Charlie HM1 Foy; Charlie HM1 Highley; Bravo HM1 Hradil; Bravo HM1 Russell; Charlie Sgt Albright; Maintenance HM2 Liammayty; Bravo HM2 Thomas; Bravo HM2 Salinas; Bravo Sgt Vail; H&S HM2 Yocum; Bravo Cpl Floreslemus; Maintenance Cpl Guidetti; H&S Cpl Nicholson; Bravo HM3 Peterson; Bravo LCpl Martindale; Supply LCpl Medlin; Maintenance LCpl Perez, Joaquin; Supply LCpl Zuchelli; Supply

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Certificates of Commendation
MGySgt Johns; H&S Cpl Haering; H&S HM2 Magee; Bravo HM3 Harrington; Bravo HM3 Lake; Bravo HM3 Rask; Bravo Cpl Adams; Maintenance LCpl Flores; Security LCpl Loftin; Maintenance HN Peters; Bravo LCpl Plyler; Maintenance LCpl Wallace; Maintenance

Meritorious Masts
Cpl Desaboia; Supply Cpl Hustedt; Maintenance LCpl Depina; GSMT LCpl Johnson, Thomas; Supply LCpl Kirchner; GSMT LCpl Lungmus; Maintenance LCpl Villarreal, Ryan; Supply

July promotions
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Corporal Mark Barbera Norman Bowser Brian Cooper Armando Cruz Steven Depina Rafael Diaz Christopher Foxhill Jonathan Hanshoe Shaun Hooks Jameson Infantino Thomas Lang David Leach Caleb Luikens Cory May Kevin Ohri Daniel Reed Magdalena Rodriguez Christian Santiago Patrick Tinney Gilbert Yates

Master Sergeant Jaime Lopez Gunnery Sergeant Ramonita Cruz

Sergeant Brandon Diggins Robert Eggleston Thomas Grayson Carrisa Henderson Jason Hollingshead Stephen Jensen Brian Oldaker Ester Pena Matthew Preston Josue Salais

New Additions to the CLR-15 (FWD) Family Maintenance Company Dylan SSgt Joe and Laura Henderson Aiden Cpl Evaristo and Michele Avila Allison Cpl Nathanael and Kelly Gilbert Chandler Cpl Joshua and Brandi Heilmann Sebastian Cpl Christopher and Shannon Smith

GSMT Company Kylie Cpl Brian and Alyssa Butler Ashlyn Cpl Andrew and Ana Figueroa Alex LCpl Gordon and Joycelyn Seawood Charlie Surgical Company Braelynn HM3 Matthew and Christine Brown

CLR-15 (FWD) is creating a cruise book to capture all of our memories and accomplishments from the 10.1 rotation. Below is the link that will direct you to the order form, credit cards only. The cruise book will be 65 pages, all in color, and hard bound.

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