MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- Marines, Sailors and civilians turned out Friday to honor two Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany leaders - one who was leaving and one who stepped up to the helm.
After serving two years, Col. Charles V. Mugno relinquished command to Col. Joseph R. Wingard, who previously served as the director of the Marine Corps Logistics Bases' Supply Chain Management Center.
The Albany Marine Band opened the ceremony with their first public performance of the musical presentation the unit will perform at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh Scotland Aug. 2-24. Gunnery Sgt. Robert Hufford, Albany Marine Band drum major, led the group of Marines onto the parade field, displaying the band's precision marching movements.
Master Gunnery Sgt. Matthew R. Farquhar, bandmaster, took over and conducted the concert, which included John Phillip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" and "Semper Fidelis."
Sgt. Jason Knuckles, saxophonist, entertained the crowd with a solo performance of "In the Mood." Enthusiastic applause followed each of the band's selections.
Following the concert, Albany Marines and Sailors took the parade deck to the beat of the band's drummer. Under the hot Georgia sun, the two platoons performed rifle movements such as "port arms," "left shoulder arms" and "right shoulder arms."
The ceremony continued when the base sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Kenneth Waltz, passed the Marine Cops colors to Mugno, who in turn passed the colors to Wingard to symbolize the change of command.
Mugno, a New York City native, said a few words, thanking all who supported him and the base during his tenure.
"Thanks to all the Marines, Sailors and civilian employees that make up Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga.," said Mugno. "So much has been asked of them recently and they have performed so admirably. We could not have done it (complete the base's mission) without their dedication and support here everyday."
Mugno will assume duties as the deputy director, Personnel Management Division, at Headquarters Marine Corps.
According to the departing colonel, command of the base has fallen into very capable hands.
Wingard, a native of Columbia, S.C., was commissioned in 1977 after graduating from Clemson University. He has served as a supply officer at numerous commands such as Fleet Marine Forces Atlantic, Norfolk, Va.; 5th Battalion, 10th Marines at Camp LeJeune, N.C; and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. He has also served in the office of the Secretary of Defense and at Headquarters Marine Corps.
Wingard spoke of the importance of the base to the Marine Corps.
"I am really proud of this base," said Wingard. "It has gotten me out of a jam on numerous occasions."
As a supply officer in the operating forces, Wingard recalled receiving badly needed parts before going on deployment. Such problems were solved by MCLB's ability to support the fleet quickly and efficiently.
Wingard plans to continue the close relationship the base has cultivated with the local community and looks forward to carrying out his duties.
"I look forward to the opportunities as we go to the future, and to working with each of you," Wingard concluded.