Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. --
The newly-established Marine Corps Logistics Operations Group graduated its first class of the Intermediate Marine Air Ground Task Force Logistics Operations Course Aug. 31, 2012 at the Combat Center’s Officers’ Club.
The IMLOC class advances the knowledge, skill and capabilities of the Marines serving as the operations officers and chiefs at the battalion or regimental level within the logistics combat element.
“The class is designed to prepare combat logistics operations officers and chiefs to be able to take the role of the S-3 officer or chief,” said Capt. Scott Beatty, student, IMLOC 4-12. “Overall, the class was a great experience.”
MCLOG’s mission is to provide standardized, advanced individual training in MAGTF logistics operations and unit readiness planning at the battalion and regimental levels. It also conducts battle staff training, facilitates logistics education and manages doctrine, training standards, tactics and institutional training programs.
The first graduating class is MCLOG’s first step in standardizing the Marine Corps logistics field.
Maj. Gen. Michael G. Dana, Assistant Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics, was the guest of honor at the graduation and had kind words for the students.
“I want all the students to stand up. Put your right hand in the air. Pat yourself on the back,” Dana said. “You guys are great. It’s nice to know that the training here has come light years from when I was a young officer.”
The course plays on the diversity of the logistics field in the Marine Corps for a structured and well-rounded course.
“The great thing about a course like this is you get to pull in expertise from all across the Marine Corps,” Beatty said. “We have students that range from the division side, (air combat element) and (Marine Expeditionary Units.) It’s not just from the officer side, but the senior enlisted ranks. It pulls in on all this expertise, knowledge and wealth of experience, and it’s a great opportunity to learn from.”
MCLOG was activated June 19 and is the Combat Center’s newest unit.