KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq --
War fighters need equipment to maintain operational tempo.
Warehouse clerks with Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, support the scouts and crewman of the battalion with the supplies and equipment they need to stay in the fight.
“Without supply, there wouldn’t be any operations,” said Lance Cpl. Joseph M. McDonough, a warehouse clerk with H&S Company. “We are the logistic backbone of every company in the battalion.”
Working out in a large yard here they call the “warehouse,” the two supply Marines receive orders in and out every day from Marines and other residents aboard the base. They also receive new shipments to be unloaded, sorted and distributed to every requesting unit.
“The job is very strenuous because every day I have to fit a large workload in to accomplish the mission,” said McDonough, 25, from Staten Island, N.Y. “I have to stay at the top of my game because there is only (two other Marines and me) working this warehouse.”
McDonough and Lance Cpl. Eric M. Gilbert are lead by Staff Sgt. Michael L. Hastings, supply warehouse chief of 2nd LAR. Each day is full of hard work and deliveries for these Marines, but they depend upon each other for support.
“I’m very proud of my boys for the work they are doing to supply the battalion,” said Hastings, 31, from Fort City, Ark. “I know that I could always depend on them to get the job done.”
“I enjoy the people I work with because we all have different personalities,” said Gilbert, 21, from Lebanon, Ohio. “We work together as a team and it’s a great feeling when everything is done.”
The long days with continuous responsibilities are worth it for these Marine as they know they are giving Marines everything they need to accomplish the mission.
“Knowing that I could make the biggest impact, that everything I do is vital is the best part about my job,” said McDonough. “The littlest thing could make the largest impact.”