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3/2 supply Marines look out for their own

13 Apr 2006 | Lance Cpl. Ray Lewis

When Marines are ‘beaten,’ ‘broken’ and trudging in from a long day of training for deployment, there’s one group of Marines they can count on. The supply Marines of Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, assure their Marines have what they need whether in training or in a foreign environment.In this case it’s Mojave Viper – the Marine Corps top notch month-long pre-deployment desert training. “It’s vital that we support our (infantry) companies with the things they need to accomplish their training mission,” said Cpl. Robert E. James, a supply warehouseman from Roanoke, Va., who will deploy with the unit later this year.The battalion’s supply chief knows firsthand how important his shop is to Marines.“The other day, the Marines of India Company went to the (firing) range,” said Staff Sgt. Donald R. Williams, from New Orleans. “The Marines were training in the field, and they had not eaten since noon. When they came back, supply was here at 11:30 p.m. to make sure they had chow.” Supply doesn’t only provide their Marines with goods; they also guard their warehouse 24 hours per day.Even at the darkest hours, onlookers can spot Marines patrolling between their warehouse and a barricade laced with concertina wire. “We have a lot of gear that the battalion needs,” said Lance Cpl. Jeremiah Heredia, a supply warehouseman from Lions, Kansas, with Headquarters and Service Co., 3rd Bn., 2nd Marines. “We have chow, tents and weapon gear, so it’s important to guard it so we can accomplish our mission here and in Iraq.”Although his Marines work around the clock, Williams said they are glad to be there for another Marine. “No matter if it’s two or three in the morning, there always someone here on duty,” Williams said.