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Base celebrates Unity/Multicultural Day

By Pamela Jackson | | April 22, 2010

Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany celebrated its 5th annual Unity/Multicultural Day at Boyett Park, April 15.

Approximately 1,000 Marines, civilian-Marines and family members shared in the day filled with vendor booths, ethnic food samplings, presentations by the Child Development Center and performances by the Albany Marine Band and two Polynesian dancers.

The event began at 11:15 a.m. with command greetings from MCLB Albany and Marine Corps Logistics Command officials.

The event concluded at 2 p.m. and was open to all base personnel and their families.

Col. Terry V. Williams, commanding officer, MCLB Albany, attended his first Unity Day here and said the event is important because the military is a microcosm of the nation and the base is multicultural.

“It is extremely important for leaders to build a tight team to be successful in their mission. Part of building a team is knowing the people and different cultures that you work around. Events like Unity/Multicultural Day give us all a better understanding of the various cultures and our colleagues,” Williams said.

The event brought together Marines, civilian-Marines, children from the Child Development Center and family members.

“The importance of this day is to bring the workforce together. I have never been to one of these events where I have not met someone or learned something new,” said Mike Madden, executive deputy, LOGCOM. “This is a great way to bring us all together, focus on an important topic and raise awareness in general. It is great to see the pride that the different cultures have in the food and artifacts they bring to this event.”

The United States and the military is a melting pot of people from all races and cultures, so it was no surprise that the event was themed, E Pluribis Unum, which means out of many, one.

“Bringing people together is important. Our focus with this event is to bring the different backgrounds together and celebrate our different cultures together,” said Angelo Knox, event organizer and equal opportunity employment specialist, Civilian Human Resource Offices-Southeast.

In addition to the exhibits, there were a variety of foods to sample.

“I have enjoyed the food samplings and just tried some Mexican food and it was really good. I also had the American pizza, too,” said Karen Roundtree, industrial specialist technician, Maintenance Center Albany. “The exhibits were wonderful and I especially enjoyed the Indian and Asian-Pacific exhibits. I plan to go home and try to make an origami swan that I was shown how to make out of paper.”

For Reginald D. Swain, information technology specialist, Command, Control, Communications and Computers Department, LOGCOM, this was his first time attending the event.

“I am enjoying it and the programs offered and literature available will not only benefit me, but everyone who comes out. The food samples also look very good and I plan to try several of them,” he said.