MALS-40 activates for Afghanistan

20 Dec 2012 | Lance Cpl. S. T. Stewart

Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40, commanded by Lt. Col. Ryan G. Goulette, was activated during a ceremony at Miller’s Landing Wednesday.

During the ceremony, Goulette and Master Gunnery Sgt. Prentice P. Lucas, the unit’s senior enlisted advisor, uncased the squadron’s colors, signifying the official activation.

The squadron will deploy to Afghanistan in January to provide aviation logistics support to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd.), commanded by Brig. Gen. Gary L. Thomas.

“Without Marine aviation logistics squadrons, it would be impossible for us to conduct sustained expeditionary air operations,” said Thomas. “We are very fortunate to have Lt. Col. Goulette take command of this great squadron. He is a great leader with the experience and expertise to ensure the success of this squadron.”

The squadron will deploy for a year. For the first six months, Lucas will serve as the senior enlisted advisor and will be replaced by Sgt. Maj. Thomas W. Foster.

MALS-40 last deployed in 2011 to support 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Fwd.) commanded by Maj. Gen. Glenn M. Walters. The squadron plans to deploy with more than 200 Marines and will grow to more than 300 Marines in Afghanistan.

Goulette said teamwork will be the key to success during the squadron’s deployment.

“We often say in the Marine Corps, that it’s the ultimate team sport and it really is,” said Goulette. “MALS-40 is a prime example. Every Marine, Sailor and civilian among us is top notch, motivated and ready to go forward to get the job done.”

Thomas echoed Goulette’s sentiments.

“I am confident in the success of the squadron because of the great Marines that make up this unit and the tremendous support that those Marines have from their families back home,” said Thomas. “We are looking forward to the challenges ahead, and I look forward to working closely with Lt. Col. Goulette and the great Marines of MALS-40.”

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point