25 Jun 2009 | Art Powell

Gen. James F. Amos, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, toured Marine Corps Logistics Command facilities and received briefings here June 22-23.

Following a two-hour tour and briefing at Maintenance Center Albany, Amos cited the importance of the work there.

“I’m very interested in the reset of the Marine Corps as we reorient out of Iraq into Afghanistan and how we do that. It’s easy with the people, it’s hard with the equipment. I came here to better understand how the equipment is being refurbished, how it is going to be tracked, how it is going to be transported in the theater,” said the 31st Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. “This gives me an idea of what happens from the very beginning of the process to the end when it gets out to the user. So, my time at the Maintenance Center is important situational awareness for me.”

A top priority for the Marine Corps is organizing a retrograde movement of equipment for refurbishing and then getting it into the fight in Afghanistan. Amos says this is a process that is always changing.

“This process evolves everyday. When you realize that every piece of gear that gets broken needs to come out of theater, to be retrograded out. The process is critically important,” he explained.

“I’ll tell you, the details about that, and how that is tracked and how it finally finds it’s way to this floor out here and is taken apart, rebuilt, reassembled and then transported back to the theater is probably some of the hardest things we do in the Marine Corps. So, this is pretty impressive,” he said.

While at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga., Amos also conducted an in-call with Maj. Gen. Willie J. Williams, commanding general, LOGCOM and received a Command Overview briefing and a tour of the Distribution Management Center.

Amos’ last vist here was in November when he was the guest of honor at LOGCOM’s Marine Corps Birthday Ball, where he also lauded LOGCOM’s work.

Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany