MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- A Marine and 12 civilian-Marines who excelled in academics were recognized during a brief ceremony June 14 in the Marine Corps Logistics Bases CommanderÕs conference room, the Sgt. Maj. Memorial Conference Room, in Bldg. 3700.
Brig. Gen. (select) Richard S. Kramlich, commander, Marine Corps Logistics Bases, praised the efforts and sacrifices of the base employees who earned associatesÕ, bachelorsÕ, and mastersÕ degrees while holding full time jobs at the base.
ÒThis is a great way to recognize people of this command who find the time for off-duty education,Ó said Kramlich.
ÒI certainly admire anyone who has taken the time to advance themselves,Ó said Kramlich.
After his speech, Kramlich presented each graduate a letter of congratulations.
The letter read, in part, ÒIÕd like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your recent graduation ... Your sacrifices and hard work in attaining this degree are truly exemplary.
ÒThis is especially noteworthy because you were a full-time employee working at MCLB Albany (while attending school).
ÒYour efforts and dedication in achieving this academic goal are commendable, and I wish you continued success in any future educational endeavors you may pursue.Ó
Kramlich gave his gratitude for the graduatesÕ contributions to MCLB Albany.
ÒThey (graduates) are improving themselves so that they are, in essence, a more valuable asset to what is going on here, not only at the base, but also in the community,Ó Kramlich said.
ÒThey are also setting an example for their children, their relatives and subordinates in the office,Ó he said.
While the ceremony was brief, the smiles of those recognized indicated they were pleased that someone noticed their hard work and dedication to education and improving themselves.
Kramlich offered a few words to encourage the graduates to continue their education.
ÒI hope you are encouraged to go further,Ó said Kramlich.
ÒThe more education you receive, the more you can appreciate what a great country this is, and how good it is to be alive,Ó Kramlich said.