After a successful year-long deployment to Helmand province, Afghanistan, approximately 230 Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Regiment 15 return to base in the coming days.
The Marines and sailors of CLR-15 took over as the Logistics Combat Element from 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) in September 2012 and have since provided tactical logistics support to Regional Command Southwest.
While deployed, CLR-15 accomplished many missions. The unit planned and coordinated 535 combat logistics patrols, coordinated the movement of more than 1.2 million gallons of fuel throughout the battle-space, coordinated and executed more than 150 helicopter support team missions, and executed nine major base transfers or closures in support of base realignment and closure operations.
"I couldn't be more proud of the work our Marines and sailors did," said Col. Stephen D. Sklenka, commanding officer of CLR-15. "Our goal was to provide uninterrupted logistics support that maintained the operational momentum of the [International Security Assistance Force Marine Air-Ground Task Force]. That was our fundamental objective, and I'd like to think we did just that."
—1st Marine Logistics Group