MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. --
Nine employees and three contractors from the Storage Operations, Fleet Support Division, Distribution Manage-ment Center, Marine Corps Logistics Command, were recognized for their work in support of the Haitian earthquake relief effort, Feb 11.
The employees and contractors received a letter of appreciation and a Defense Distribution Center coin with their last name engraved on the back during a ceremony held at Building 1426.
Doug Anderson, deputy director, Distribution Management Center, Marine Corps Logistics Command, said part of their mission is to be responsive to the requirements of the Department of Defense. While the command was engaged in providing support to Marine Corps Operating Forces tasked with the earthquake relief effort, we had an opportunity to assist another DoD activity with a portion of their mission.
“The Defense Logistics Agency asked us to support the effort by providing them equipment so they could load meals, ready to eat into containers,” Anderson said. “The containers were then transported to Florida where they were shipped to Haiti.”
According to Anderson, Brig. Gen. Peter J. Talleri, commander, DDC, wanted to recognize those who assisted in the relief effort.
In the letter of appreciation signed by Anderson, the honorees were thanked for their service and devotion to duty in support of Defense Depot Albany Georgia during the evening hours of Jan. 16 and morning hours of Jan 17.
The letter further stated that the post-earthquake relief efforts for Haiti required an expeditious response from various DoD agencies. As a result, DLA was tasked with providing MREs on short notice.
Challenged with a quick response requirement and an immediate need for containers, DDAG requested assistance from LOGCOM.
When the DMC tasker came down, the employees and contractors were on a long - holiday weekend due to the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18.
At approximately 6 p.m. Jan. 16, they were re-called and reported to their duty section at 7 p.m. where they worked until 4 a.m. Jan. 17, successfully completing the urgent requirement.
Specifically, the employees and contractors provided material handling support in the movement and staged 65 cargo containers for use in packaging 58,238 MREs for shipment to the disaster stricken country.
DMC’s Enterprise Distribution Department’s Cam Klunder handled the initial coordination for the ocean container with DMC’s Storage Operations Department managing the physical movement via the FSD. Klunder also was recognized for his contribution to the effort.
Greg Satterfield, deputy director, Storage Operations Department, said the employees and contractors were “silent heroes and true patriots.”
“Defense Logistics Agency received a short-fused tasker but they did not have containers immediately at hand so they called us,” Satterfield said. “We provided material handling equipment support and helped move containers around while the DLA workers loaded MREs into the containers.”
Satterfield said his workers should be very proud of the work they did that night.
Mike Layfield, supervisor, M2 Branch Head, FSD, was on the ground in charge of the operation.
“Each person knew why they were called in and were ready to step up to the plate,” he said. “Not only was it a long weekend but we had bad weather to contend with as well. Although some of them were drenched because of being out in the rain all night, it did not stop them from completing their mission.
“They knew that the conditions in Haiti were a lot worse than what they were going through here. They always kept the Haitians in the forefront of their mind,” he said.
Richard McMillan, heavy mobile equipment repairer, Maintenance Section, FSD, was one of several to be re-called that night.
“I drove a truck, hauling containers from the parking lot of the Civilian Human Resources Office-Southeast, to Building 1260 where they were loaded with MREs,” he said. “We moved 65 containers that night. Each container was moved a mile and a half one way and put into position for a team to pack it.”
McMillan said the award made him feel that his job was important to the relief effort and that he was glad he was able to provide emergency supplies to the Haitians who needed it.
He also said it took teamwork to have pulled off the nighttime operation.
“Not one man could accomplish the mission alone, it was a group effort,” he said. “We all pulled together and I’m just proud to be part of the effort.”