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CLB-8 Supply turns no one away

Marine Corps News

Story Identification #: 20055263141
Story by Cpl. C. J. Yard

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (May 26, 2005) -- The Supply section of Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2d Force Service Support Group (Forward) has become the “go to” Supply section, according to Sgt. Ross Eisenberg, supply administration chief.

“Every piece of gear comes through this lot,” continued the Brooklyn, N.Y., native. “We support every unit who falls under the command of [Regimental Combat Team 8].”

Supporting all the different commands that make up RCT-8 is no easy feat, especially with a short staff, but the Marines of the Supply section are working long hours and staying motivated, said Staff Sgt. William T. Davis, a Philadelphia native and supply chief.

Not only do they support the entire Area of Operation distributing gear and keeping the supplies needed for Marines to survive in the harsh climate of the Iraqi desert, but they are also the main distribution point for water, Hallal meals, Meals, Ready-to-Eat and MARC meals, or Meal Alternatives, Regionally Configured meals.

“I like to call that the heart and soul of what we do,” said Davis. “If it’s not [Kellogg, Brown and Root], anybody who needs water gets it here. We’re having a hard time keeping up with issuing out the water. Not because we can’t issue it out fast enough, but because we can’t get the water to keep up. We issue out between 55 and 125 pallets of water. Normally, that’s about 80,000 plus water bottles a day.”

The Marines of the Supply section also provide construction materials, office supplies, uniforms and are responsible for distribution of maintenance gear and parts using a new type of gear tracking system, enabling the Marine Corps to track gear to the Last Tactical Mile.

Once gear arrives at Camp Fallujah, it is off-loaded at the CLB-8 Supply section where Marine Air-Ground Task Force Distribution cell Marines separate gear by Reporting Unit Codes, using a manifest which was generated with Radio Frequency Identification tags.

“RFID tags are a great way to track the gear,” said Davis. “It gives the unit waiting for their gear the ability to track it while it is en route.”

The waiting period for units to receive their gear has been greatly reduced by utilizing new tools such as the RFID tags and programs such as Common Command and Control Logistics System.

“If the gear is in country, we’ve gotten the wait time down to about a day-and-a-half,” said Davis. “With the new CLC2s system we’ve been able to get units requests approved a lot faster as well. If the gear is in country it’s a quick turn around, but if it’s in the [United States] it takes a bit longer.”

Doing their best to serve every unit in the AO, the 22 Marines of the Supply section do everything in their power to get what is needed to keep Marines equipped with everything to continue winning the Global War on Terrorism.

“We turn no one away,” said 1st Lt. Will Smith, a Houston native and Supply officer in charge. “These Marines have surpassed everyone’s expectations, supporting the entire Area of Operation, and are the true epitome of ‘Marines do more with less.’”


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