Cpl. Ramon Mendez, a warehouse clerk with Combat Service Support Group 15's Supply Management Unit, gathers gear to fill a supply request on Aug. 16, 2004, at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Marines with the SMU, which is part of the 1st Force Service Support Group, receive and distribute supplies for the I Marine Expeditionary Force throughout Iraq. The unit has made several improvements since last year in how supplies are moved throughout a combat zone. Mendez, 22, is from Laredo, Texas. Photo by: Sgt. Matt Epright





Photos included with story:
Cpl. Ramon Mendez, a warehouse clerk with Combat Service Support Group 15's Supply Management Unit, 

				  gathers gear to fill a supply request on Aug. 16, 2004, at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Marines with the SMU, which 

				  is part of the 1st Force Service Support Group, receive and distribute supplies for the I Marine Expeditionary 

				  Force throughout Iraq. The unit has made several improvements since last year in how supplies are moved throughout 

				  a combat zone. Mendez, 22, is from Laredo, Texas. 

				  Photo by: Sgt. Matt Epright Cpl. Ramon Mendez, a warehouse clerk with Combat Service Support Group 15's Supply Management Unit, gathers gear to fill a supply request on Aug. 16, 2004, at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Marines with the SMU, which is part of the 1st Force Service Support Group, receive and distribute supplies for the I Marine Expeditionary Force throughout Iraq. The unit has made several improvements since last year in how supplies are moved throughout a combat zone. Mendez, 22, is from Laredo, Texas. Photo by: Sgt. Matt Epright


Lance Cpl. Anthony G. Brillante, a truck driver, directs a forklift loading supplies onto a truck for a resupply convoy April 15, 2004, at the Supply Management Unit lot on Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Both Marines are with the 1st Force Service Support Group's Combat Service Support Group 15, which the SMU falls under. Marines with the SMU receive and distribute supplies for the I Marine Expeditionary Force throughout Iraq. The unit has made several improvements since last year in how supplies are moved throughout a combat zone. Brillante, 22, is from Oahu, Hawaii. Photo by: Sgt. Matt Epright Lance Cpl. Anthony G. Brillante, a truck driver, directs a forklift loading supplies onto a truck for a resupply convoy April 15, 2004, at the Supply Management Unit lot on Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Both Marines are with the 1st Force Service Support Group's Combat Service Support Group 15, which the SMU falls under. Marines with the SMU receive and distribute supplies for the I Marine Expeditionary Force throughout Iraq. The unit has made several improvements since last year in how supplies are moved throughout a combat zone. Brillante, 22, is from Oahu, Hawaii. Photo by: Sgt. Matt Epright


Cpl. Blanca Hernandez, a warehouse clerk with Combat Service Support Group 15's Supply Management Unit, logs in the contents of a box using the Storage Retrieval Automated Tracking Integrated System bar code scanner April 15, 2004, at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Marines with the SMU, which is part of the 1st Force Service Support Group, receive and distribute supplies for the I Marine Expeditionary Force throughout Iraq. The unit has made several improvements since last year in how supplies are moved throughout a combat zone. The STRATIS helps the Marines inventory and organize the materiel they have spread across their large staging lot. Hernandez, 22, is from LaPuente, Calif. Photo by: Sgt. Matt Epright Cpl. Blanca Hernandez, a warehouse clerk with Combat Service Support Group 15's Supply Management Unit, logs in the contents of a box using the Storage Retrieval Automated Tracking Integrated System bar code scanner April 15, 2004, at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Marines with the SMU, which is part of the 1st Force Service Support Group, receive and distribute supplies for the I Marine Expeditionary Force throughout Iraq. The unit has made several improvements since last year in how supplies are moved throughout a combat zone. The STRATIS helps the Marines inventory and organize the materiel they have spread across their large staging lot. Hernandez, 22, is from LaPuente, Calif. Photo by: Sgt. Matt Epright


Lance Cpl. Anthony G. Brillante, a truck driver, directs Lance Cpl. Wilson C. Cortes, a heavy equipment operator, who is loading supplies on a truck for a resupply convoy April 15, 2004, at the Supply Management Unit lot on Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Both Marines are with the 1st Force Service Support Group's Combat Service Support Group 15, which the SMU falls under. Marines with the SMU receive and distribute supplies for the I Marine Expeditionary Force throughout Iraq. The unit has made several improvements since last year in how supplies are moved throughout a combat zone. Brillante, 22, is from Oahu, Hawaii. Cortes is a 23-year-old native of Albany, N.Y. Photo by: Sgt. Matt Epright Lance Cpl. Anthony G. Brillante, a truck driver, directs Lance Cpl. Wilson C. Cortes, a heavy equipment operator, who is loading supplies on a truck for a resupply convoy April 15, 2004, at the Supply Management Unit lot on Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Both Marines are with the 1st Force Service Support Group's Combat Service Support Group 15, which the SMU falls under. Marines with the SMU receive and distribute supplies for the I Marine Expeditionary Force throughout Iraq. The unit has made several improvements since last year in how supplies are moved throughout a combat zone. Brillante, 22, is from Oahu, Hawaii. Cortes is a 23-year-old native of Albany, N.Y. Photo by: Sgt. Matt Epright


Cpl. Blanca Hernandez, a warehouse clerk with Combat Service Support Group 15's Supply Management Unit, logs in the contents of a box using the Storage Retrieval Automated Tracking Integrated System bar code scanner April 15, 2004, at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Marines with the SMU, which is part of the 1st Force Service Support Group, receive and distribute supplies for the I Marine Expeditionary Force throughout Iraq. The unit has made several improvements since last year in how supplies are moved throughout a combat zone. The STRATIS helps the Marines inventory and organize the materiel they have spread across their large staging lot. Hernandez, 22, is from LaPuente, Calif. Photo by: Sgt. Matt Epright Cpl. Blanca Hernandez, a warehouse clerk with Combat Service Support Group 15's Supply Management Unit, logs in the contents of a box using the Storage Retrieval Automated Tracking Integrated System bar code scanner April 15, 2004, at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Marines with the SMU, which is part of the 1st Force Service Support Group, receive and distribute supplies for the I Marine Expeditionary Force throughout Iraq. The unit has made several improvements since last year in how supplies are moved throughout a combat zone. The STRATIS helps the Marines inventory and organize the materiel they have spread across their large staging lot. Hernandez, 22, is from LaPuente, Calif. Photo by: Sgt. Matt Epright


Cpl. Ramon Mendez, a warehouse clerk with Combat Service Support Group 15's Supply Management Unit, gathers gear to fill a supply request on Aug. 16, 2004, at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Marines with the SMU, which is part of the 1st Force Service Support Group, receive and distribute supplies for the I Marine Expeditionary Force throughout Iraq. The unit has made several improvements since last year in how supplies are moved throughout a combat zone. Mendez, 22, is from Laredo, Texas. Photo by: Sgt. Matt Epright Cpl. Ramon Mendez, a warehouse clerk with Combat Service Support Group 15's Supply Management Unit, gathers gear to fill a supply request on Aug. 16, 2004, at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. Marines with the SMU, which is part of the 1st Force Service Support Group, receive and distribute supplies for the I Marine Expeditionary Force throughout Iraq. The unit has made several improvements since last year in how supplies are moved throughout a combat zone. Mendez, 22, is from Laredo, Texas. Photo by: Sgt. Matt Epright


   Included in the story and photos are Marines from the following hometowns:

Albany , Ga.
Milwaukee

Fredonia
, N.Y.
LaPuente
, Calif.
Murrieta
, Calif.
Oahu
, Hawaii
Albany
, N.Y.
Laredo
, Texas

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