Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan -- CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan – Brig. Gen. Daniel Conley ceremoniously passed command of 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force to Col. Ronald Braney during a transfer of command ceremony June 1, 2018 at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan.
Conley assumed command of 3rd MLG in July 2016. During his tenure as commanding general, the unit supported more than one hundred exercises across the Indo-Pacific region, including Ssang Yong in the Republic of Korea, Balikatan in the Philippines, Talisman Sabre in Australia, Cobra Gold in Thailand and Fuji Warrior in Japan, where the Marines and Sailors trained with armed forces of various allies and partner nations.
“If you name a country or island in the Pacific area of operations, that’s where 3rd MLG Marines are serving today,” said Conley during his farewell speech. He credited the Marines of MLG with staying dedicated to the III MEF mission, "To be ready. To get our families ready, to get ourselves ready, to get our gear ready, so that should we be called, we are ready to step off. That is our great devotion, and there is great achievement here.”
Before taking the post of commanding officer, Braney served as the commanding officer of Combat Logistics Regiment 35 and then served as the 3rd MLG chief of staff.
“For me, this is a humbling experience,” said Braney. “I’ve gotten to see, as a post command colonel, how you really need to serve and lead at this level and it has been truly enlightening. The Marines and Sailors of MLG have been doing phenomenal work out there every single day, whether they are doing maritime prepositioning force offloads, supporting 3rd Marine Division, or doing air drop operations with 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, they are doing tremendous things.”
Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson, commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force, praised Conley’s and Braney’s hard work and leadership of 3rd MLG as the unit has evolved to keep pace with rapidly evolving battlespace technology and rapid-response obligations across the Indo-Pacific region.
“It’s great to have you all here to witness this continuity of command, this time-honored tradition of passing total and complete responsibility of an organization from one officer to another,” Nicholson said. “This MLG is the most innovative, agile and responsive of all three MLGs, while being the smallest. On any given day, Marines and Sailors from this MEF are in 21 different countries within the region. We rarely go anywhere without bringing members of this great MLG. They are moving and shooting, communicating and supporting.”