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LOGCOM opens newest storage facility

By Jason M. Webb | | March 4, 2010

The newest building on base was opened for business, Feb. 24, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Marine Corps Logistics Command and local officials.

Named the Combat Vehicle Storage Facility, the building is Marine Corps Logistics Command’s newest approach to providing the warfighter combat ready vehicles and equipment within a moment’s notice.

The protected and dehumidified facility took four months to build and cost $5.3 million, but LOGCOM officials say that in the long run, the 70,000 sq. ft. facility will save taxpayers’ money by protecting vehicles and equipment that is normally stored outside, exposed to the elements.

“This building represents a number of things to me. It represents the good stewardship of the American taxpayers’ dollars. This facility will be used to preserve high-value weapons systems; wheeled and tracked vehicles that were formally stored outside in the elements,” said Brig. Gen. James A. Kessler, commanding general, LOGCOM. “The humidity can be pretty hard on equipment. Maintaining this equipment in a combat ready status required a considerable amount of time and labor. By bringing our tactical vehicles inside this dehumidified facility, we can reduce the requirement to maintain that equipment significantly.”

Kessler also noted that the facility will save resources, time and labor that the command can use on other Marine Corps needs.

“We anticipate that the life cycle of these critical weapons systems will be extended by the carefully controlled climate inside this facility. This too represents a savings. By lengthening the service life of this critical combat equipment we can use the money not spent on replacing these items on to purchase other capabilities,” Kessler said. “Marine Corps Logistics Command is committed to sound financial stewardship, and the Combat Vehicle Storage Facility represents that commitment in action.”

According to LOGCOM officials, approximately 45 percent of the material used in construction of the facility was locally purchased, and nearly 80 percent of the labor came from the Albany area as well.

The construction of the facility alone put nearly $2 million dollars back into the local economy.

Doug Anderson, distribution manager, LOGCOM, said that the facility directly supports the warfighter, and ultimately it will enhance mission efficiency of LOGCOM as a whole.

“Everything that we accomplish at Marine Corps Logistics Command is done for the Marines and those sailors serving with Marines. The equipment stored in this facility will be kept in a combat ready state, capable of being shipped anywhere in the world in a moments’ notice to support a Marine in the field,” Kessler added. “This building will enable our command to better support the warfighter and increase our contribution to the Marine Corps as our nation’s force in readiness. We are dedicated to the survivability of our Marines and the warfighting excellence of our Corps. This facility supports both of those vital objectives.”