MCAS Beaufort,S.C. --
Groundside vehicle and weapon maintenance is a vital part of the Air Station’s daily operations. The Marines of Combat Logistics Company 23 work diligently to ensure that the Air Station operates smoothly.
CLC-23 provides intermediate supply support, motor transport and engineer ground equipment maintenance as well as groundside weapons repair for the Air Station.
Also known as The Roughnecks, CLC-23 is a small detachment of Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistic Group and has been aboard the Air Station since Nov. 25, 1976
“We are a company the size of a platoon doing battalion level work,” said Master Sgt. Charley New, CLC-23 staff noncommissioned officer in charge.
From an armorer to a diesel mechanic, there are many diverse military occupational specialties within CLC-23; each of them capable of performing the task of the Marines to their left and right. Which is an asset when they deploy as individual augments with other units, said Sgt. Douglas Shamp, motor transportation quality control. Without the Marines of CLC-23 in the field, there would be no engine repairs, utility repairs and a lack of several other repairs.
“We support the base as a whole,” said Shamp. “There is always something that needs to be worked on or fixed, which is all essential.”
A definite advantage to command welfare and camaraderie is CLC-23’s size. The usual size of a company or squadron is 200 to 300 Marines vice CLC-23’s 35.
“We have a great group of Marines,” said Shamp. “We may be small, but I think that’s why we do so well; everyone knows everyone.”