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Guard temporarily moves to base

By Lance Cpl. Phuong Chau | | December 31, 2001

The 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry, 48th Infantry Brigade's Headquarter Battalion of the Georgia Army National Guard moved into MCLB's Bldg. 3600 Dec. 6 due to the renovation of the unit's downtown office. 

The Guard requested temporary office space in November.

According to Joe Blanton, inter-service support agreement administrator, providing the unit a location to work allows the DoD to save on travel and time expenses.

The Guardsmen recently returned from a seven-month deployment to Bosnia, said Army Maj. Thomas Carden, the unit's battalion executive officer. After returning from deployment and before moving to MCLB, the guardsmen occupied an armory designed for two occupants, a situation which was unproductive due to the lack of space.

The office space will house 10 to 12 active duty soldiers who are responsible for personnel, administration, planning, logistics, and all the daily activities for operating the mechanized infantry unit.

The mechanized aspect of the unit is the use of the M2-A2 Bradley fighting vehicle to accomplish its mission.

The unit is composed of active and reserve soldiers and makes up the combat ready force. The battalion includes components from Valdosta, Tifton, Moultrie, Albany, Cordele and Americus.

Most of the Guardsmen live in the Albany area, and the move made their mission less difficult.

"I cannot say enough good things about his [Gilbert Ward's, director Installations and Logistics here] staff, the commanding officer and Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany in allowing us to have an office here," said Carden.

The guard will remain on base for approximately six months until the downtown office renovation is completed, said Carden. 

"The way the Marine Corps has treated us is a testament to the total force policy encompassing active and reserve duty components," said Carden. "They see us as part of the team and treat us likewise."