USMC DISPATCHES AUGUST ISSUE VOLUME 1, ISSUE 8 Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Marine Logistics Group “Victory Through Logistics” Commanding Officer Dear Families and Friends, Maj J. G. Garza Executive Officer 1stLt K. N. Hardesty Greetings from Al Taqaddum. It is hard to believe that the month of August is over. The days went by quickly First Sergeant & Family and for those of us deployed for the duration of OIF 08, we are finally past the half way point. These past seven Readiness Officer months have gone by quickly and we are all looking forward to returning home to our loved ones. 1stSgt J. L. Morris Company Gunnery Sergeant A majority of our OIF 08.1 personnel departed during the month of August. Again, I want to thank them for a job GySgt T. A. Belleville well done. Their contributions during the deployment had a significant impact on 1st MLG’s mission. Chaplain Capt O. Mozon Our newly joined personnel for OIF 08.2 are an equally motivated and professional group of Marines and Sailors. Family Readiness Officer The transition from OIF 08.1 to OIF 08.2 has been seamless. In the upcoming months, this new group of Camp Pendleton Contact personnel will have additional tasks and responsibilities from providing logistics support to security. I know that Ms. Kristin Day they are ready for the challenge and will perform superbly. TOTHEDAYS@COX.NET On 27 August 2008, we took time to recognize 1st MLG Sailors that qualified for the Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Warfare pin. The FMF Warfare qualification is unique to the other warfare qualifications of the Navy because the final determination for approval resides with the Marine Corps Commander. Participants are required to pass a Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test (enlisted), complete a six mile hike (officers), pass written and practical application examinations and pass an oral board of senior qualified FMF board members. The FMF program for the 1st MLG was overseen by Commander Jones, Group Surgeon, and Master Chief Fiesco, Command Master Chief. Additionally, several Marines and FMF qualified Sailors provided assistance with the program. As a result, 1st MLG qualified 58 officers and 108 enlisted Sailors during the OIF 08.1. Commander Penta, Group Surgeon for OIF 08.2, has assumed responsibilities of the program. Support Resources MCCS One Source: 1-800-869-0278 Finally, I want to thank our families and friends for their continued support. I know that time away from your 24-hour Hotline loved ones is difficult. We appreciate the sacrifices that you make on a daily basis while your Marine or Sailor is www.mccsonesource.com deployed in support of OIF. Thank you for your love and support. Semper Fidelis. Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society http://www.nmcrs.org/ Respectfully, American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/ Major John G. Garza Commanding Officer, Headquarters and Service Company 1st Marine Logistics Group PAGE 2 DISPATCHES FROM THE COMPANY 1STSGT: Congratulations to the following Marines and sailors for receiving the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal: 1stLt Jennifer K. Carson (G-3), PO1 Dina E. Mitchell (G-7), SSgt Torrence T. Glover (Postal), Sgt Samuel C. Waers (G-3), Sgt Jisela Melendez (CO Office), Sgt Collin M. Volkart (G-3), Sgt Rudy Espinoza (Motor-T), Sgt Dallas B. Duncantell (LSST), Sgt Nickalos O. Lundin (G-3), Sgt Christopher P. Donovan (PRP), LCpl Kareem D. Lisbey (CO OFF), SSgt Torrence T. Glover (Postal), Sgt Shaun T. Doyle (G-3). Congratulations to the following Marines for receiving the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal: Capt Matthew C. Lariscy (G-3), and Capt Anthony G. Yarrell (G-3). “SUPPORT FROM Congratulations to the following Marines for receiving Certificate of Commendation: HOME HAS BEEN HM1 Joshua T. Hammons (G-3), HM1 Brandie A. Collins (G-3), HM1 Steven M. Anderson (G-7), GREAT. PLEASE HM2 Jasmin S. Enciso (G-3),HM2 Janice S. Beard (G-3), HM2 Alvin D. Jules (G-3), PS2 KEEP THE LETTERS, Christopher D. Youso (G-1), Sgt Lynsey C. Devane (G-3), Cpl Nancy P. Hernandez (CCU), Cpl PACKAGES AND E- Heather N. Evans (Supply), Cpl Freda L. Cooke (CO OFF), Cpl Michael R. Perkins (G-3), Cpl MAILS COMING. Justin A. Richardson (G-3), Cpl Trent J. Countryman (G-3), Cpl Joseph D. Weaver (Motor T), Cpl Benjamin P. Eberle (PAO), Cpl Jay S. Milinichik (Motor T), Cpl Emery K. Leyva (CO OFF), HM3 EACH MARINE AND Derek J. Morrison (G-3), HM3 Dustin R. Winnon (G-3), LCpl Erik A. Retzman (G-3), LCpl Emeka SAILOR HOPES TO N. Akalanze (Motor T), and LCpl Conrado L. Morales (Motor T), HEAR FROM YOU SOON!” Congratulations to the following Marines for receiving a Meritorious Mast this month: -1STSGT MORRIS Cpl Scott I. Halisky (PRP), LCpl Brendan T. Koch (PRP), Lcpl Nicholas A. Divito (PRP), LCpl Nam P. Le (PRP), LCpl William L. Perkins (PRP), LCpl Cesar Pequeno (Postal), LCpl Jonathan Knowles (Postal), LCpl Dennis Barrett (Postal), LCpl Gabriel Rivera (Postal), LCpl Carlton Nance (Postal), LCpl Mario A. Castro III (Motor T), LCpl Micheal A. OdorisioGallardo (Motor T), Cpl Aaron Crawford (PRP), Cpl John R. Rivello (PRP), and Cpl Keith A, Jakway (Motor T). Congratulations to the following Marines for their regular promotion on 1 September 2008: MSgt Jonathan S. Lindquist (PX), GySgt Jeffrey A. Callahan (CO OFF), SSgt Christopher E. Crowderbarnes (PRP), Cpl Jennifer A. Rich (CCU), Cpl Scott I. Halisky (PRP), Andrew J. Herp (PX), Cpl Eddie I. Granda (G-3), Cpl Kyle J. Roberts (G-7), Cpl Henry C. Woolery (Postal), LCpl David C. Castillo (Postal), and LCpl Alexander V. Mota (G-6). Support from home has been great. Please keep the letters, packages and e-mails coming. Each Marine and Sailor hopes to hear from you soon! . Very Respectfully, First Sergeant Jonathan L. Morris Company First Sergeant Headquarters and Service Company 1st Marine Logistics Group Multi National Force - West PAGE 3 DISPATCHES Sgt Keyser gets to have a little fun knocking down the HESCO barriers with the Tram... That is one big mess to clean up! Practice Makes Perfect! FALL IN! Marines stand in formation awaiting award ceremony. Sgt Keyser has a little fun knocking down hesco barriers wi the Tram... Don’t move Cpl Monroe! SSgt Lacanilao, a former Drill Instructor helps a few of the Marines with drill in preparation for the Corporals Course. Cpl Rangel marches his detail around supply learning drill movements. Page 4 DISPATCHES FROM THE FDSVC: Hi, all! I’m GySgt Walker A.J., and I’ll be writing the newsletter article for the Food Service side of the house for the duration of the deployment. GySgt Thomas, SSgt Ruyle, Sgt Cezair, Cpl Schuler, and Cpl Arrivillaga are headed home very soon and will be dearly missed here at TQ, but we wish them a safe trip home and wish all their friends and family well. GySgt Walker, SSgt Brown, Sgt Tomaneng, Cpl Adams, and LCpl Nguyen came on deck in mid-August to take the spots of the ones going home. We’ve been here for about 2 weeks now, and are learning to quickly adjust to the heat. We look forward to the cooling months, however. The picture below was taken about 10 minutes after we landed in Iraq. We were waiting for our transportation to be taken to our new work and living spaces. We hope all is well with you and your families and hope you have a safe Labor Day holiday! GySgt Adrian J. Walker 1stMLG H&S Co, FdSvc SNCOIC From left to right are SSgt Brown, Percival, Lcpl Nguyen, Sgt Tomaneng, Cpl Adams, and Gysgt Walker. Just some Humor to pass the time... LCpl Flores showing off some of that BLING BLING. Here is LCpl Valdez posing as FLAVA FLAV! LCpl Cook… Is that you?? PAGE 5 DISPATCHES SPIRITUAL READINESS AT TQ This month saw a number of special events, with personnel arriving and departing, as well as the rotation of many people to the support site known as CLSA Savannah. It was my privilege to spend several days there, along with my trusty sidekick, RP3 Ross Curiel, and conduct worship services, visit with service members, engage in stimulating discussions on topics both religious and secular, and to watch many heroes conducting their operations with honor, courage, and commitment. Many of our US Navy personnel (myself included) had the opportunity to earn the “Fleet Marine Force” pin, which involved several months of study, personal qualifications, testing, and oral boards. It is a privilege to wear my FMF chaplain’s pin on my uniform. The interesting and unique thing about the program is that it is actually a “warfare qualification” and the Navy-Marine Corps team came up with a professional program for chaplains, who are by law, non-combatants. Our pin does not have rifles on it, like the pin for the enlisted communities and the officer communities who are permitted to carry arms. Please continue to pray for our success and be assured of my continued prayers for all of you. Be proud of the outstanding work that your loved ones are doing here and know how grateful I am to be able to work with them. Very Respectfully, -kjs- Keith K J Shuley LCDR CHC USN 1st MLG Catholic Chaplain PAGE 6 DISPATCHES FROM THE DISBURSING DETACHMENT: It’s been seven months now and a lot has changed from the first day we got here. The excitement and nervousness about what to expect and do out here has been replaced with that confidence and cockiness that makes us Marines – the confidence of knowing that we can do any task assigned to us. We have also had a cultural shock of sorts. Interacting with the Iraqi populace on a regular basis has shown us a completely different side of Iraq. Not the one that is portrayed as constant battle, but one where Marines and soldiers’ jobs have shifted from war fighting to building a nation up from years of oppression. We all had a hand in it, and should be proud of what we have done. The 8.2 TQ Disbursing Detachment has arrived! Some of the old faces have stayed to finish out the year. Maj Irwin, 1st Lt Melesky, CWO2 Sheets, MSgt Williams, Cpl Polancomercedes, and Cpl Taylor have now been joined by GySgt Howard, Cpl Downs, Cpl Curiel, Cpl Connelly, and Cpl Young. August 2008, it was our pleasure to witness the promotion of CWO2 Jason A. Sheets to his present grade. Below is a photo of all the Marines that came out to witness the promotion ceremony of CWO2 Sheets. PAGE 7 DISPATCHES FROM THE BASE OPERATIONS (BOS) & SAFETY SECTIONS Once again we have the awesome opportunity to send a joyous “Hello” to all our families and friends at home and keep you informed of situation forward. Last month we presented the different missions that we accomplished and our role to help make life better for all tenant Commands aboard Camp Al Taqaddum. This month we are heavily engaged in numerous projects of different scales. The top three involves the three main commodities within the BOS, Power Generation, Construction, and Customer Service/Future Ops. During this period, the Construction section worked on building the two biggest South West Asia (SWA) huts aboard this camp. They each are 32 feet wide by 100 feet long. This is over 3,000 square feet for each SWA hut. Sgt Hines and Cpl McCabe are the on-sight foremen for this project with Cpl Campos, LCpl Terry, LCpl Kennedy, LCpl Oldchief and PFC Fields working alongside. These new facilities being constructed by our Marines are for improvements within the Joint Air Cargo Operations Terminal (JACOT) to improve the facilities there adding space to ensure that the Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen have a comfortable place to wait for departure from the Iraqi desert. The Utility section sent Sgt Dewitt and LCpl Roberts down to Habbaniyah for two weeks to work with the 1 st Battalion 2nd Marines Camp Mayor to assist with improving the power generation and electrical system that are aboard that base. Upon returning from Habbaniyah, Cpl Gant assisted Sgt Dewitt and LCpl Robert with various wiring projects to include the TS Co. Armory SWA hut as well as re- distribute to the newly added FSR trailer to assist VMU-2 with maintaining flight control and maintenance on the unmanned aircraft. Sgt DeWitt and LCpl Roberts received Letter’s of Appreciation from AAFES for installing three new refer units when the pre- existing refer units had broken down thus saving thousands of dollars worth of meat. Sgt Garcia our Motor Transport Chief continues to work with all units aboard the base assisting them with there vehicles. He has also been tasked with escorting the local nationals that come aboard the base to assist with the clean-up of the base. We also welcome Sgt Costa to the Base Operations Utility Section who is joining us from Combat Logistics Batallion 1 along with Sgt Schultz from 1st Supply Battalion who will be working in the Contracting Section. Both of these Marines voluntarily extended over here for an additional six months. This month the Customer Service/Work Orders section has ensured the smooth running and quality life support of Camp Al Taqaddum. Sgt Hernandez, Work Orders and Customer Service NCO, has done an excellent job in ensuring the life support services for all military tenants aboard Camp Taqaddum are provided in a timely manner. He also played a big role in ensuring all requests for ground transport and coordination of all transportation requests and any material handling equipment supporting numerous projects aboard Camp Al Taqaddum. Additionally, we are currently overseeing the application of the External Insulation To Temporary Structures (EITS) project, Project Eskimo. It consist of five teams that apply foam insulation to any soft structures aboard Camp Taqaddum creating better insulation, comfort, and dust abatement for Marines, Soldiers, and Sailors. The project is well on the way and making great progress. The Mainside Exchange is completed and the high occupancy areas are currently in progress. PAGE 8 DISPATCHES CONTINUED... It’s the rebuilding that makes you work... Tearing down is the easy part... Preventive Medicine Unit 1st MLG has settled in and completed turnover with the first rotation crew. They are already providing Force Health Protection services to the AO and building relationships with the troops and the Iraqi population. Ensign Jeff Moody (Environmental Health Officer) and his staff of Preventive Medicine Technicians, HM1(FMF) Chris Turner (Senior Enlisted Leader), HM2(FMF) Genesia Salgado, and HM2(FMF) Hugh Regidor are providing consultation and design implementation on a drinking water treatment system for an Iraqi village. With this system, the villagers will have clean drinking water free of disease causing virus and bacteria and will greatly enhance the quality of life. They have volunteered there expertise and time to make a difference in peoples lives. This is public health and humanitarian support at it’s finest. With the hot months almost behind us, HM2 Hurtado (Safety Representative) and HM2 Salgado had diligently conducted heat stress surveillance on several structures to ensure workers and their patrons were not continually working in extremely hot conditions. They continued to create heat stress best practices and awareness through monitoring and education to the leaders of 1 st MLG. Their ultimate mission is to enhance troop health and wellness and improve the quality of life. They are doing this everyday by actively engaging units/facilities and by conducting environmental health assessments and ensuring corrective action. We are very excited to have them on board and look forward to the health services they provide in keeping our troops healthy. … and work. ENS Jeff Moody greeting the local children while assessing the water distribution network in Kabani village. PAGE 9 DISPATCHES FROM SUPPLY: HAPPY BIRTHDAY LCPL BOLIVAR! The commitment and dedication of the Marines from 08.1 was greatly appreciated but now its time for a new start. The month of August marked the change in attitude and the new image for Supply. The turnover with the first rotation has been completed and things are going pretty well. As always, as the days go by, the temperature continues to rise. A lot of hydration and 1 month of acclimatizing, we are already getting used to it and ready to roll. We have only been here a month and some change and the unit already notices the difference. We have cleaned and organized the back lot so that issue and receiving is more convenient. The Marines at supply enjoy the amusement that the sections provide. Like for instance, the airmen submitted a request for moisture wicking bras, sections asking for $5K worth of earplugs, and the likes. If you fill out a request for something like that, we will laugh at you behind your back. On a different note, we just recently celebrated LCpl Bolivar’s birthday, he just turned 14 (J/K)! We had to improvise and used chemlight as a candle. Let’s just say he had a hard time blowing it out. Every Sunday, we conduct PME’s to increase the confidence and morale in the shop. For the month of September, I will be attending Cpl’s course. Watch out Communications Company! Until next month. Thank you for your support! Cpl Kula Mando Supply NCO From left to right: Cpl Monroe, Cpl Mando, SSgt Lacanilao, Sgt Briitzman, LCpl Bolivar, and LCpl Sosoli.
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