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Pfc. Nolanray C. Perlas, a light armored vehicle crewman with Task Force Mustang, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, slides a box containing a field shower mechanism during a re-supply operation of western Anbar province, Iraq, April 18.

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Task Force Mustang supports their own

20 Apr 2008 | Cpl. Ryan Tomlinson 1st Marine Division

Living out in the midst of the desert, resources are numbered. The Marines with 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, don’t have that problem thanks to Task Force Mustang.

Every week Marines of TF Mustang, 2nd LAR, stationed out of Combat Outpost 70K, Iraq, support the rest of the battalion by re-supplying those Marines with food, water and other services.

Task Force Mustang is a new unit with 2nd LAR, comprised of one platoon from each company in the battalion. The group was formed to produce another strong unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“We bring supplies to the other combat outposts to keep the operation going,” said Pfc. Nolanray C. Perlas, 19, a light armored vehicle crewman with TF Mustang from Jersey City, N.J.

During the re-supply missions, the Marines go from post to post delivering items that are ordered from that respective platoon. Anything from washers and dryers to foods and drinks, the Marines from Task Force Mustang bring it.

“It’s great for 70K to keep the log rolling and bring us the materials we need to operate,” said Lance Cpl. Thomas M. Sanford, 21, a mechanic with TF Mustang from Rockingham, N.C. “It gets us good food even though we are in the middle of the desert.”

The Marines at COP 70K will continue their efforts of re-supplying fellow service members and conduct vehicle patrols on Iraqi roadways until their deployment ends in fall 2008.

“I love seeing my Marines have stuff to sustain themselves and keep morale up,” said 2nd Lt. Ron C. Torgeson, 27, commander of 3rd Platoon, TF Mustang, from Colgan, N.D. “It’s the things that make life out here just that much better.”

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