MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. --
Master Sgt. Michael D. Odom Jr., operations chief, Plans and Policy Branch, Marine Corps Logistics Command, said his farewell at the Base Chapel, June 18.
Odom served as a Marine for more than 20 years, and in front of family, friends and fellow Marines he gratefully accepted his retirement certificate.
After presenting Odom with a Meritorious Service Medal, and speaking to the nearly full chapel, Lt. Col. Willie Best, director, Enterprise Support Division, Command, Control, Communications and Computers Department, LOGCOM, said that the Marine Corps would miss a Marine like Odom.
“You leave a legacy, and you touched many lives during your illustrious career,” Best said. “You were fair in your personal relations, true to yourself and fellow Marines and equitable to your fellow man.”
Odom is an Albany, Ga., native and became a Marine at Parris Island, S.C. From there his career in the Marine Corps took him all over the world.
He served as a Marine Security Guard and served two consecutive tours overseas in Okinawa, Japan.
He returned to Albany in 2003, and later in 2007, where he has served until his retirement.
During his retirement speech, Odom told those in attendance that they were responsible for him being successful in his career.
“Many of you played an important role in preparing me for this. You are witnessing the end of phase one of my life,” Odom said. “Phase one of my life is to complete my military career, accomplish a master’s level education, start organizations and businesses and develop spiritually by the age of 39. Yes, I’m still young. Phase two of my life is to work for about 10-15 years and complete my doctorate level education, mature the organizations and businesses and get closer to God by the age of 54. Phase three is my R&B years. I will support the leaders in my organizations and businesses I put in place, travel and visit children and grandchildren and live a Godly life to the fullest until I leave this Earth.”
Odom and his family plans to stay in the Albany area where he will continue to serve as the founder and senior leader of the Agape Christian Worship Center.
In his parting remarks to the Odom family, Best said that Odom will be missed, but he knows that he has more goals to achieve in life.
“The Marine Corps allowed him to fulfill God’s purpose and destiny. Michael you are well on your way to fulfill your mandate,” Best said.