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Combat Service Support Group-11

Combat Service Support Group 11 was formerly known as the 1st Transportation Support Battalion.

During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Combat Service Support Group 11 spent March through May in Iraq maneuvering with 1st Marine Division. During this time, it provided supplies and other support to the 1st Marine Division moving north.

Thereafter, Combat Service Support Group-11 embarked on civil affairs and humanitarian support as Operation Iraqi Freedom shifted from major combat to stabilization operations for I Marine Expeditionary Force after May. The unit shifted some of its focus to help the local community in and around Supply Area Edson located in Ad Diwaniya, a southern Iraqi city.

When CSSG-11 arrived at Ad Diwaniya, the set up their supply base at the local university, Al-Qadisyia University, which had been damaged by looters when the war started. The Marines immediately started repairing the school so classes could restart as soon as possible. They cleaned debris, repaired buildings and created warranties with local contractors to ensure repairs continue after they leave. CSSG-11 was the largest private employer in Ad Diwaniya through June employing over 400 Iraqis repairing the university and hiring local mechanics




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