1st Marine Logistics Group
|1st Marine Logistics Group|
1st MLG insignia
|Active||1 July 1947 – present|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Role||Multi-faceted combat service support|
|Part of||I Marine Expeditionary Force|
|Garrison/HQ||Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton|
|Motto(s)||Victory through Logistics|
* Battle of Inchon
* Battle of Chosin Reservoir
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
* Operation Vigilant Resolve
* Operation Phantom Fury
|BGen D. A. Ottignon |
The 1st Marine Logistics Group (1st MLG) is a logistics unit of the United States Marine Corps and is headquartered at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, with detachments located at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms.
The 1st Marine Logistics Group comprises:
- Headquarters Regiment
- Combat Logistics Regiment 1
- Combat Logistics Regiment 15
- 1st Medical Battalion
- 1st Dental Battalion
- 7th Engineer Support Battalion
The current 1st Marine Logistics Group was activated on 30 March 1976. The lineage of 1st MLG dates back to 1 July 1947 when it was activated as the 1st Combat Service Group (1st CSG), Service Command, Fleet Marine Force at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In the same month, 1st CSG was relocated to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.
In August 1950, 1st CSG was deployed to Kobe, Japan; and was subsequently deployed in September 1950 to Inchon, Korea, assigned to the 1st Marine Division. They participated in the Korean War, fighting at Inchon-Seoul, Chosin Reservoir, the East-Central front, and the Western front. In August 1951, they were reassigned to the Fleet Marine Force; and in October 1951, reassigned to the 1st Marine Division. In May 1953, they were again reassigned to Fleet Marine Force and relocated to MCB Camp Pendleton, California.
On 1 March 1957, 1st CSG was redesignated as the 1st Force Service Regiment.
In May 1965 detachments of 1st FSR were sent to Okinawa and Vietnam. In August 1965 Headquarters Battalion, 1st FSR were sent to Vietnam.
In February 1967, the 1st Force Service Regiment was deployed to the Republic of Vietnam. On 15 February 1967, they were redesignated/assigned as the 1st Force Service Regiment, Force Logistic Command, Fleet Marine Force and assigned to the III Marine Amphibious Force.
On 23 April 1971, 1st Force Service Regiment was relocated to Camp Pendleton, California. Then on 30 April 1976, they were redesignated as 1st Force Service Support Group (1st FSSG).
In the 1990s, 1st FSSG participated in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm from September 1990 to April 1991; and in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia from December 1992 to February 1993.
Global War on Terror
The Marines of 1st MLG have been deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on four separate occasions thus far.
- First deployment
The 1st FSSG deployed to Iraq in early 2003 in response to the continual rejection of UN inspectors. In March 2003, 1st FSSG elements joined the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) in the crossing into Iraq. After approximately one month and the fall of Bagdad, the war was declared over. The Marines of 1st FSSG along with the 1st MEF redeployed back into the States over the rest of the summer 2003.
- Second deployment
In January 2004, the 1st FSSG deployed to Iraq for a second time – for 14 months to various camps in Iraq to include Camp Taqaddum (Headquarters), Camp Fallujah, Al Asad Air Base, Camp Habbiniyah, and, after the Abu Ghraib scandal, they took over guarding the prison as well. The group was involved with Operation Al Fajr (The Second Battle of Fallujah), the operation to retake the city of Fallujah. The artillery that helped bombard the city were stationed in the 1st FSSG HQ area. They returned to Camp Pendleton in early 2006.
In October 2005, the group was redesignated as 1st Marine Logistics Group in an effort to make the name reflect the mission. The lower subordinate units were reorganized and some renamed.
- Third deployment
In February 2007, the Group returned from their third deployment, having served in several locations, including Camp Fallujah, Camp Taqaddum and Al Asad Air Base. The deployment was part of two seven-month assignments, but many Marines stayed for the greater duration of 14 months.
- Fourth deployment
- Presidential Unit Citation with two Bronze Star
- Joint Meritorious Unit Citation
- Navy Unit Commendation with three Bronze Star
- Meritorious Unit Commendation with one Bronze Star
- National Defense Service Medal with three Bronze Stars
- Korean Service Medal
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
- Southwest Asia Service Medal
- Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
- Korean Presidential Unit Citation
- Vietnam Service Medal with two Silver Stars and one bronze star
- Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Streamer
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- This article incorporates text in the public domain from the United States Marine Corps.
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