News: Combat Logistics Battalion 3 re-designation ceremony expands abilities
KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii — Combat Logistics Battalion 3 held a re-designation ceremony at warriors field at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, June 4. This battalion is the first combat logistics battalion in the Marine Corps to complete force reorganization.
"I'm very excited," said Lt. Col. Justin Reiman, battalion commander of CLB-3, and native of Genesee, Penn. "It will lead to some challenging times ahead, but we will overcome and the end result is a more tailored logistics element to support 3rd Marine Regiment and 3rd Marine Division units."
Three major changes include the creation of an Engineer Services Company, the Support Company re-designated as Maintenance and Services Company, and the Motor Transportation Company re-designated as Transportation Support and Services Company.
"We're insuring we have the right capabilities in the right place so we can provide the right kind of combat logistics support," Reiman said.
The creation of an Engineer Services Company brings more than 50 new combat engineer positions to the battalion. It also refocuses engineering support toward a more robust ability to work alongside 3rd Marine Regiment and 3rd Marine Division units with operational engineer support.
"It's going to be a challenge as is any time you stand up a new company," said Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Staffeil, company gunnery sergeant, Engineer Services Company, and native of Medford, Wis. "But we will hit the ground running and get our Marines doing their job. This will make us more diverse as a battalion and will give the ability to provide better operational support."
Before the re-designation, Support Company was responsible for combat engineers. With the separation and new title, Maintenance and Services Company, they will be able to focus more on individual sections. Sections include maintenance, storage and supply.
"With the change in the companies, it will allow us to be more in depth with our Marines, within our military occupational specialties," said Sgt. Poppy King, a platoon sergeant with Maintenance and Service Company and a native of American Samoa. "Word and orders that are passed will be more specific to our MOS as a company."
The re-designation of Motor Transportation Company as Transportation Support and Services Company gives the company more abilities including landing support and a more robust material transportation ability.
The reorganization of forces is a Marine Corps-wide combat logistics trend, which allows units to organize their forces in ways that will give their companies more focus on individual abilities and services within each company. CLB-3 still falls under Combat Logistics Regiment 3.
"Its important for our battalion - just for morale," King said. "Breaking down everything in the companies will give the junior Marines a sense of belonging and pride in their company."
Date Posted:06.08.2012 15:51
Location:KANEOHE BAY, HI, US
Hometown:GENESEE, WI, US
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