MCLB continues to fullfill executive order
By Pfc. Joshua Bozeman
| | June 13, 2000
MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga -- MCLB Albany donated computer equipment to three educational facilities in the area July 6.
Col. Larry P. Cole, commanding officer of MCLB Albany, oversaw the donations of about $502,000 worth of computer equipment in conjunction with the Department of Defenses Educational Institutions Partnership Program.
More than 120 central processing units and monitors and 170 printers went to the Calhoun Co. High School, Lee Co. Head Start Program, and Pelham Co. Middle School.
Accepting the equipment were Calhoun Co. High School technology supervisor Ronnie Paul and family connection coordinator Jo Hughs; Lee Co. Head Start Program director Mertis B. Williams and center supervisor Terry Barker; and Pelham Middle School math teacher Connie High.
The donation program is made possible through Executive Order 12999, issued April 17, 1996. The order lists four important directives of the United States mission toward education.
The order was written to make modern computer technology an integral part of every classroom and to provide teachers with the professional development they need to use new technologies effectively. It was designed to connect classrooms to the National Information Infrastructure and encourage the creation of excellent educational software.
The order calls for the transfer of excess and surplus Federal computer equipment to our Nations classrooms. It also encourages Federal employees to volunteer their time and expertise to assist teachers and to connect classrooms.
Cole expressed his excitement about the opportunity to aid in the educational process.
Executive Order number 12999 is an outstanding opportunity for us to insure that the American children have the skills they need to succeed in the information intensive 21st Century, Cole said.
Im glad that were a part of it because this base is technologically advanced in its logistics mission. By having to upgrade computers as we do, it is an opportunity for us to take those resources that we can no longer use and put them in the hands of young students and teachers who can make use of them and further their education.
Calhoun County received 35 CPUs, monitors and printers. Lee County received 55 CPUs and monitors and 12 printers. Pelham received 131 CPUs, monitors and printers.
Gunnery Sgt. Keith G. Collins, the property control chief here, said that the base has donated computer equipment like this four or five times in the past two years.
I think its good to do something for the younger generations, he said.
Because schools cant afford a lot of the computer equipment necessary for a proper education today, he said, he was glad that the Marine Corps could do something about it.