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When the wear and tear from driving through southwestern Afghanistan or a blast from an improvised explosive device damages a tactical vehicle, it could mean the end of the line. However, the Maintenance Company Marines of Combat Logistics Regiment 15 (Forward), 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), are able to restore it to it’s operational capability.

The mission of Maintenance Company is to fix vehicles and return them back to the Marines in the fight as quickly as possible, said Master Sgt. Gilberto J. Rivera, the staff noncommissioned officer in charge of the Motor Transport Maintenance Platoon, Maintenance Company, CLR-15 (FWD), 1st MLG (FWD).

Since the beginning of the war, tactical vehicles have become a shelter for the Marines who use them.

“For the guys outside the wire, these trucks are their homes,” said Rivera, 42, Sahuarita, Ariz. “The trucks are the only safety they have.”

Once a vehicle arrives at the shop, it gets an inspection from a quality control Marine. After the problem is diagnosed, Maintenance Company begins fixing any problems the truck may have. The mechanics do everything from topping off the oil to complete restorations of tactical vehicles destroyed by IEDs.

“When a truck comes in, we give it a complete look over,” said Master Sgt. William A. Green, a maintenance chief with Maintenance Company, CLR-15 (FWD), 1st MLG (FWD).

The maintenance Marines put all their effort into fixing the trucks so the Marines that need them can complete their mission.

“They’ve been working 12-16 hour days,” said Green. “They are extremely dedicated, and they don’t ever complain.”

Although the Marines work hard, few people know how much work is truly put into the trucks.

Source: Lance Cpl. Kenneth Jasik for DVIDS.

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