MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- Marine Corps logistics entered a new era in a ceremony here May 8, when Materiel Command and Logistics Bases consolidated into one force, Marine Corps Logistics Command.
The new command was formed to streamline logistical support to the Fleet Marine Force and to continue the foundation MatCom and LogBases laid in the past.
LogCom is responsible for Marine Corps prepositioning, supply-chain management, depot-level maintenance and enterprise level execution of materiel life-cycle management. With three subordinate commands to carry out its mission: Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga., Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif., and Blount Island Command, Jacksonville, Fla., LogCom will continue to be a vital asset to the Marine Corps with the premier Maintenance Centers within the Department of Defense and the military's premier prepositioning program.
Marine Corps Systems Command, the acquisition organization, which was a part of MatCom, is now a separate command.
This reorganization resulted from a recommendation made by the Marine Requirements Oversight Council that convened last summer to "identify, analyze and implement solutions that optimize the acquisition/logistics chain across the Marine Corps."
Lt. Gen. Richard L. Kelly, deputy commandant, Installations and Logistics, Headquarters Marine Corps, praised Maj. Gen. Bradley M. Lott, LogCom commander and Brig. Gen. Richard S. Kramlich, LogCom's deputy commander, for their work and wished them luck for the future.
According to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Michael W. Hagee, the merging of the two commands will result in a more efficient and agile organization that will form the foundation for the Marine Corps' continued success in assuring the materiel readiness of Marines.
"This is a time of change and a time of transition," said Lott. "This is an opportunity for us to do all those things that we have said for so long, 'I wish we could do this' now, we can craft that change."
Lott pointed out the many logistical accomplishments made during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"If you trace many of those accomplishments back, they lead to people who are sitting in the bleachers and under the tent here," said Lott.
Kramlich, former commander of LogBases, will assume duties of Commanding General, 1st Force Service Support Group, at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in July. Kramlich spoke about the successes of the commands here and thanked Lott for the latitude he was given with the LogBases command.
"We saw what the mission was and I am so grateful that this command was able to carry out your vision," said Kramlich.
Kramlich also thanked the Marines and the local community for their hard work.
"I will cherish the relationship I have had with the community as long as I am in the Marine Corps and beyond," said Kramlich, who provided some advice on the future of LogCom.
"Now we have one more new name, Marine Corps Logistics Command," said Kramlich. "One more name that you have to adapt to and let people know who that is and what they do."
Kramlich asked everyone to take the new command's mission statement to heart.
According to Kramlich, that mission is to provide worldwide, integrated logistics/ supply-chain and distribution management; depot-level maintenance management; and strategic-prepositioning capability in support of the operating forces and other supported units to maximize their readiness and sustainability and to support Enterprise Level and Program Level Total Life -Cycle Management.
Kramlich said the workforce has been successful. He asked everyone to maximize resources in the best interest of supporting the warfighter. The workforce diversity has been a huge strength for the command and the Marine Corps.
"All I ask is to make that diversity a force multiplier," said Kramlich. "There are more talented people at this base who are looking forward to the chance of taking the reins and running with them. Take that diversity and make it a strength and you will succeed."