MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga -- The change-of-command ceremony for MCLB Albany was held on the parade field in front of Bldg. 3500 Wednesday.
Col. Charles V. Mugno took command of the base for retiring Col. Larry P. Cole.
The ceremony was began with a selection from the Marine Corps band.
Cole retired after 29 years of dedicated service. He is considering taking a position in the Albany area. He and his wife, Peggy, have two children, Toby and Cammie.
Its been a pleasure to be your base commander, Cole said, and I want to wish everybody the best of luck. I know that the base will continue to move forward and support those Marines that are on the front line day in and day out.
Cole said that he was pleased with his replacement.
Col. Mugno is probably one of the finest colonels weve got in the Marine Corp today, and we are very fortunate to have him coming in, he said.
Mugno transferred to Albany after serving at the Pentagon as the strategic mobility analyst for the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
It is indeed an honor and a humbling experience for me to be here, said Mugno. My wife and I and my son Michael look forward to serving the base in our new community here in the city of Albany.
Mugno hails from Brooklyn, N.Y. He received a bachelors degree in Architecture at New York Institute of Technology in 1976. He attended The Basic School that same year. In 1977 he attended the Engineers Officers School, and in 1980 he went through the Recruiters School and the Amphibious Warfare School.
In 1984 he went on to obtain a masters degree in business administration in Quantitative Analysis at St. Johns University.
He attended Logistics Officers School in 1989 and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1992. In 1997 he obtained a master of science degree in National Resources Strategy at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.
Mugnos previous assignments include platoon commander/company commander of 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division; company commander of 9th Engineer Support Battalion, Okinawa, Japan; officer selection officer, recruiting duty, New York City; computer systems analyst, Headquarters Marine Corps, C4 Systems Division, Washington, D.C.; assistant S-3 Officer BSSG-9, 3rd FSSG, Okinawa, Japan; company commander, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd FSSG; executive officer, MSSG-24, 24TH Marine Expeditionary Unit (SOC), II Marine Expeditionary Force; faculty member, Command and Staff College, Quantico, Va.; and commanding officer, MWSS-274, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.
Mugnos personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
He is married to the former Clare Serio of West Hampton, N.Y., and they have one son, Michael.