* Keeping Marine Expeditionary Units supplied during their wide-ranging operations is a logistical headache.
* The Marines tasked with that job, Combat cargo Marines, are an overlooked but essential part of the force.
It is a tough job and not everyone is lining up to work at their pace.
Combat cargo Marines have one of the most demanding jobs aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). This is especially evident during Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX).
Combat cargo’s mission is to support the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s (MEU) logistical requirements across the three classes of ships featured in MEU operations.
“We are in charge of anything and everything that comes on and off the Bataan,” said Lance Cpl. Brandon Novakoski, combat cargoman with the 26th MEU.
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WNU Editor: Everyone has to work together.