Unit on Okinawa to get new name and mission
August 13, 2005
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Marines’ 3rd Force Service Support Group on Okinawa will have a new name come Nov. 1.
The Marine Corps has announced it will reorganize and rename the Marine Corps’ four force service support groups to “more effectively support current and future war fighting requirements.”
The 3rd FSSG will be renamed the 3rd Marine Logistics Group and reorganized to “more efficiently train, rapidly organize for specific new tasks, deploy, employ and fight in peacetime as well as in war,” according to Marine Corps Public Affairs on Okinawa.
The 3rd MLG will consist of direct support and general support combat logistics regiments.
“[The reorganization] is all about better supporting the Marine Air Ground Task Force,” said Col. Jon Hull, officer in charge, Transition Task Force Marine Corps Logistics Modernization at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C., according to a press release issued Wednesday.
“The existing battalions, for the most part, will remain unchanged,” 2nd Lt. Clinton Gebke, a Marine spokesman, said in response to a query Thursday. “Their direct and general support missions will become more defined.”
He said no new missions come with the reorganization. However, “the realignment increases the ability to more efficiently support existing missions,” he said.
Gebke said the exact size and mission of each new Marine Logistics Group would be determined by the commanding general of each group, “tailoring them to the unique requirements of the mission and geography.”
“However we expect no increase or decrease in our current manning numbers,” he added.
He said it is not merely a name change.
“[It’s] a fundamental realignment of the force service support groups to better support the MAGTF (Marine Air Ground Task Force) both in garrison and during operations,” he said. He said the concept was validated when 3rd FSSG deployed two combat logistics regiments to Sri Lanka in January in support of tsunami relief efforts.
A renaming ceremony is scheduled for early November.