MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- The House Armed Services Committee recently approved a bill to authorize $1.1 million to renovate a vehicle storage facility at MCLB Albany.
Over the next few years, the renovation will save the Marine Corps millions of dollars, according to Scott Johnson, Fleet Support Division employee.
This is a very important step in the beginning of the project implementation, said Gil Ward, Marine Corps Logistics Bases Installations and Logistics director. However, there are a number of additional steps that have to be taken.
The existing structure, built several years ago, will be enclosed, and electrical power will be added.
Also, a vapor barrier and dehumidifier will be installed in the interior of the building so that vehicles can be stored in a humidity-free environment, reducing maintenance cost and improving the life cycle of the equipment and the vehicles.
The exterior surface draining system will be changed so that heavy rain will drain into the canal.
We must maintain vehicles in the condition we can get them in, said Johnson. By making these modifications (to the facility), were going to be able to reduce the maintenance cycles on those assets.
Weve done a study and determined that over a three-year period, wed have the potential to save the Marine Corps somewhere around $4.5 million by filling that facility with a variety of equipment, Johnson said.
The weather adversely affects equipment, according to Johnson.
The high humidity can cause rust and corrosion and deterioration of electronic circuits.
The new facility is designed to eliminate the possibility of rust and corrosion by removing the equipment from the elements.
Electronic problems and various problems with weapons systems caused by the weather will also be eliminated.
The most immediate benefit is to improve the maintenance cycle for the equipment that is stored there, Johnson said. The time between preventive maintenance will be extended significantly, and many dollars will be saved as a result of this change.
The overall performance and maintainability will be considerably better for equipment kept in the new facility as opposed to equipment that was kept in an open-storage lot.
Our goal is to make sure that every piece of equipment or vehicle we send out to that Marine in the field is exactly what he needs, and in the condition he needs, Johnson claimed.
Lives depend upon it, and the success of the mission depends upon it, said Ward. We need to make sure that whatever we send out to the field doesnt let down one of those Marines on the firing line.
Obviously the House of Representatives sees the importance of the project, and that will make the rest of it go a lot smoother, said Ward.
The final approval on the project money is expected in the 2001 Defense Budget.
The project will take six to eight months.