Engineer and Logistics Battalions Team Work in Marjah

Engineer and Logistics Battalions Work Together to Fortify Infantry Battalions Positions in Marjah

The heat of Marjah, Afghanistan, has turned Cpl. Alton S. Floyd’s truck into a sauna. Already sweating, Floyd a wrecker operator for 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion flips the air conditioning on only to have hot, dusty, brown air blown into his vehicle. Floyd is just one Marine of approximately 50 from 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion and Combat Logistics Battalion 1, who for nearly a month convoyed fortification supplies such as concertina wire, guard towers, and dirt to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment’s forward operating base Marjah.

Among the supplies, dirt was what was needed most for the fortification of FOB Marjah. Dirt was used to build a perimeter of berms around FOB Marjah and other 1/6 positions.

By combining their resources, 2nd CEB and CLB-1, were able to run convoys of dirt 24 hours a day to 1/6 positions. “We had to ensure 1/6 had the fuel they needed for force protection,” said Sgt. Joshua Buckner, the operations platoon sergeant for 2nd CEB. “So we had 24-hour operations to make sure we did it quickly and safely. The Marines did a good job and didn’t sleep until the job was done.”


Credit: Regimental Combat Team-7, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs, Afghanistan, April 2, 2010

  • The first photo shows Marines from 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion and Combat Logistics Battalion 1, convoying large amounts of dirt to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment positions in Marjah, Afghanistan, March 1st, 2010.
  • The second photo shows Lance Cpl. Oscar Osorio, a combat engineer for Combat Logistics Battalion 1, building a guard tower for 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment positions in Marjah, Afghanistan, February 22.
  • The third photo shows Marines from 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion and Combat Logistics Battalion 1, working together to load dirt onto dump trucks, and convoy them to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment positions in Marjah, Afghanistan, February 23.
  • The fourth photo shows Lance Cpl. Oscar Osorio, a combat engineer for Combat Logistics Battalion 1, inspecting Afghans before allowing them to enter the work space of Marines from 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion in Marjah, Afghanistan, March 14. Down the road Marines from CLB-1 and 2nd CEB were working together to fix an irrigation problem in Marjah.
  • The fifth photo shows a guard tower built by combat engineers from Combat Logistics Battalion 1, being delivered to one of 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment’s positions in Marjah Afghanistan, March 1.
  • The sixth photo shows Marines at forward operating base Marjah standing under the protection of a guard tower built by Combat Logistics Battalion 1, in Marjah, Afghanistan, February 22. The 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion and CLB-1 worked together to build approximately 12 guard towers, and convoyed them with other fortification supplies used for the fortification of 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment positions in Marjah, Afghanistan.
  • The final photo shows Cpl. Jonathan Lehman, a combat engineer for 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, and Lance Cpl. Oscar Osorio, a combat engineer for Combat Logistics Battalion 1, patrolling back to forward operating base after fixing an irrigation problem in Marjah, Afghanistan, March 14.2nd Combat Engineer Battalion and CLB1 worked together in Marjah to bring fortification supplies to 1st Battalion 6th Marine Regiment positions in Marjah.

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***Posted April 2nd, 2010

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