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Cpl. Ryan Tomlinson, Regimental Combat Team 5
AL-ANBAR PROVINCE, Iraq —9/20/2008
Hundreds of miles driven, thousands of pounds transported. This describes a group of Marines whose mission is to resupply an area approximately the size of South Carolina.
The Marines with Motor Transportation Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5 have conducted countless missions to resupply Marines in western al-Anbar province, which covers approximately 26,000 sq. miles, since the beginning of their deployment here.
“It’s our job to make sure all of the forward operating bases are supplied with the necessary items,” said Sgt. Brent D. Keisler, a convoy commander with Motor-T. “If we didn’t, they wouldn’t be able to survive out there and go on missions.”
Since the beginning of the platoon’s deployment, the Marines have embarked on missions almost everyday, transporting materials from food and water to ammunition. Some days, the platoon will even conduct two missions, which can make for some pretty long days.
“The missions are long and tough, but I know that I’m doing my part to provide the Marines with supplies,” said Cpl. Luis A. Vasquez, 21, an operator with Motor-T from San Jose, Calif..
Although long days and hundreds of miles characterize the lives of the Marines, they still maintain a positive attitude. No matter the circumstances, the Motor-T Marines push through and ask for more.
“There have been plenty of times where I had to tell the Marines to go back to their (racks) and find another convoy to do the job,” said Keisler, 34, from Clifton, Ill. “I’m very proud of them because at any given moment, they want to go out on missions.”
As 2nd LAR Bn.’s deployment draws to a close, the Motor-T Marines will continue to work just as hard to make sure every Marine in the battalion, no matter his location, has the supplies he needs.