Combat Logistics Battalion 7
|Combat Logistics Battalion 7|
CLB 7 Insignia
|Active||30 August 1986 – present|
|Part of||Combat Logistics Regiment 1
1st Marine Logistics Group
|Garrison/HQ||Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms|
|Motto||"Preparus Ad Bellum – Sirvir En Pax"
"Prepare for War – Serve in Peace"
|Engagements||Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Combat Logistics Battalion 7 (CLB 7) is a logistics battalion of the United States Marine Corps. The unit is based out of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California and fall under the command of the 1st Marine Logistics Group (1st MLG) and I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF).
Conducts direct support combat service support operations in I MEF zone, with priority support to Combat Service Support Companies supporting Regimental Combat Teams (RCTs).
Provide combat service support to I MEF units based at MCAGCC, to the Exercise Support Division at MCAGCC, Marine Corps exercise forces operating at MCAGCC, and 23rd Dental Company, beyond organic capabilities. CLB-7 will also provide combat service support to MCAGCC base and other units as directed by the Commanding General, 1st Marine Logistics Group.
Table of organization
Headquarters & Service Company
Comprising three functional platoons responsible for both the internal support of Combat Logistics Battalion-7 as well as external support to units based or training aboard MCAGCC
- Headquarters Platoon
- Battalion Aid Station
- Organic Supply Platoon
Provide intermediate maintenance capabilities to I MEF and MCAGCC units and exercise forces deployed to MCAGCC. – Provide secondary reparable support through the Repairable Issue Point (RIP).
- Maintenance Support Platoon
- Communications/Electronics Platoon
- Tracked Vehicle Maintenance Platoon
- Ordnance Platoon
- Motor Transport Maintenance Platoon
- Engineer Maintenance Platoon
Material Readiness Company
Early years 1976–1989
Activated 30 August 1976 at Twentynine Palms California, as detachment A, 1st Force Service Support Group, Fleet Marine Force.
Redesignated 27 December 1989 as Combat Service Support Detachment 12, Fleet Marine Force.
The Gulf War and the 1990s
Participated in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, August 1990 – April 1991.
Redesignated 2 August 1991 as 1st Force Service Support Group, Forward, Fleet Marine Force.
Redesignated 1 August 1992 as Combat Service Support Group 1, Fleet Marine Force.
Participated in Support of the Hunter Warrior Advanced Warfighting Experiment, January–March 1997.
The Global War on Terror
Participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq, March–June 2003 providing logistic support to the 1st Marine Division on its march to Baghdad. The Battalion redeployed to Iraq from August 2004 – February 2005 in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
Redesignated 1 April 2005 as Combat Logistics Battalion 7 and Reassigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group.
The battalion redeployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the beginning of 2006 and provided logistics to Marine units in the Al Anbar province. CLB-7 undertook their third deployment to Iraq from February to September 2008. The battalion's Marines were stationed at Camp Fallujah, Camp Ramadi and Al Asad Airbase where they provided support to the infantry battalions, conducted logistics convoys, handled security for some EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) missions, conducting Arrival/Departure Air Control Group (A/DACG) operations as well as providing security for recovery missions.” 
A unit citation or commendation is an award bestowed upon an organization for the action cited. Members of the unit who participated in said actions are allowed to wear on their uniforms the awarded unit citation. CLB-7 has been presented with the following awards:
|Presidential Unit Citation|
|Navy Unit Commendation|
|Meritorious Unit Commendation|
|National Defense Service Medal with two Bronze Star|
|Southwest Asia Service Medal with two Bronze Stars|
|Iraq Campaign Medal|
|Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
- Redding, Cpl. Daniel J. (13 April 2006). "Battalion commander: Logistics Marines ‘key to the fight’ for independent Iraq". USMC. Archived from the original on 14 January 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2007.
- Holloran, Lance Cpl. Brian J. (26 April 2006). "Air delivery Marines deliver food to border". USMC. Retrieved 16 December 2007.[dead link]
- "3/4, CLB-7 return first hundred service members". Retrieved 13 September 2008.[dead link]