News: CLB-4 assumes RCT-6 support responsibilities
Story by Cpl. Mark Stroud
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Combat Logistics Battalion 4 assumed its responsibilities as the direct support combat logistics battalion to Regimental Combat Team 6 Feb. 11, in a transfer of authority ceremony with its predecessor, Combat Logistics Battalion 6.
The CLB-6 colors were cased during the ceremony, symbolizing the end of its deployment. The CLB-4 colors were then unfurled, symbolically marking its assumption of support responsibilities.
Combat Logistics Battalion 4, normally a part of Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, will now operate under 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) for the remainder of their Operation Enduring Freedom deployment.
The Marines and sailors of CLB-4 began working with CLB-6 in early January to ensure a smooth transition of logistics support operations.
“The [transition period] was very crucial to how we operate,” said Capt. Victor V. Flores, commanding officer, Company B, CLB-4. “It provided the Marines with a good familiarization of the area of operations and provided us with an opportunity to shake hands with the units we will be supporting.”
The smooth transition between incoming and outgoing RCT support battalions ensured there was no disruption in counter-insurgency operations.
“We are here to support the warfighter,” said Flores. “We transport all classes of supplies to those that require these crucial elements to sustain the fight in their [area of operations].”
Combat Logistics Battalion 6, having been properly relieved of their duties, returned to their permanent duty station at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Each Marine and sailor can sleep well knowing they accomplished their mission.
“CLB-6 hit the ground running,” said Lt. Col. Ralph J. Rizzo Jr., battalion commander, CLB-6. “We maintained a high level of aggression throughout the entire deployment, and we managed to bring all of our Marines back alive.”
The battalion drove 456,000 road miles over the course of the deployment, added Rizzo Jr.
In order to achieve a similar level of success, CLB-4 will be asked to maintain the professionalism and work ethic with which they distinguished themselves during the transitional phase.
“[My impression is] that CLB-4 is a top notch fighting organization from their [commanding officer] and sergeant major on down, and they will be able to maintain the momentum they have established,” said Rizzo Jr.
CLB-4’s pre-deployment training, which included Korean Incremental Training Program 11-3 and Enhanced Mojave Viper 12-1, put the battalion’s Marines and sailors in a position to be successful and contribute to the RCT mission.
“The initial training gave us a good baseline of where we were and where we needed to be in terms of preparation. Over the past six months, these Marines and Sailors spent countless hours in preparation for this deployment,” said Flores. “We are ready for the task and constantly evolving to adjust and adapt to current operations.”
By successfully adapting to their operating environment and the unique challenges of this theater, CLB-4 stands poised to carry on the Marine Corps tradition of excellence and mission accomplishment.
“We are going to play a significant role in this chapter of the Marine Corps’ history, and in the final phases of [Operation Enduring Freedom],” said Lt. Col. Adam L. Chalkley, battalion commander, CLB-4. “We are not going to be the final combat logistics battalion to support the effort here, but we will be setting the conditions for the final end-state of our commander in chief’s plan.”