Face of Defense: Supply Chief Sets Leadership Example
By Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Houston F. White Jr.
Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow
MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif., Jun. 22, 2011 When Marine Corps Master Sgt. Lorenzo Lacy left for a six-month deployment with Marine Central Command in June 2010, he had a considerable task ahead of him.
Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Arthur Hernandez, right, reads the citation of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal awarded to Marine Corps Master Sgt. Lorenzo Lacy, center, supply chief for Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif., June 9, 2011. Lacy deployed for six months in support of Marine Central Command. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Houston F. White Jr.
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The Las Vegas native was assigned as the G-4 supply chief for the forward-deployed elements of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, which meant his performance directly affected a large number of warfighters in Afghanistan.
Lacy’s job was to coordinate and monitor logistics support requirements for all in-theater elements of the force, constantly observing and evaluating supplies and materials to deployed units.
The 39-year-old faced a number of logistical challenges during his deployment, which took him from Marcent headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., to Naval Support Activity Bahrain in the Middle East, but he was able to overcome them and accomplish his mission.
“Some of the challenges I faced were the long hours overseas and the varying timeframes between [the United States] and the Middle East,” he said. Maintaining liaison with Marine Corps Logistics Command, Marine Corps Systems Command and Headquarters Marine Corps, and keeping communications between the continental U.S. and the forward units in the fight was, he noted, “a constant battle.”
Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Marcent commander, cited Lacy’s “superb initiative, expertise and perseverance” during a June 9 ceremony when he was awarded the second Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal of his career.
Though he was pleased to do his part in deploying overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Lacy said, he also found returning to his duties and Marines on base refreshing.
“This award means that I did my job efficiently and effectively while I was deployed, but I’m glad to be back as well,” he said. “I wanted to set the example for the young Marines here that senior Marines are not excluded from deployments and when called upon, we all have to do our part to help the warfighter.
“I always explain to my Marines to never take a job for granted and that everyone’s role has a purpose, no matter how large or how small,” he added.