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SgtMaj Mykoo reflects on tour here

By Pamela Jackson, Public Affairs Specialist | | August 5, 2010

Q: What has been your role here as the sergeant major at the command?

A: I have had the pleasure of working with two commanding officers of MCLB Albany. My primary role is to serve as an advisor to the commander and assist him in supporting everyone aboard the base. Most sergeants major have been around a while and are able to provide a variety of perspectives and advice to the command based on years of experience.

Q: What are your greatest accomplishments here?

A: I’ve been very involved with the Single Marine Program and engaged the assistance of the family readiness officer. We worked together to incorporate more activities and socials. I’m also proud of the fact they will be moving into their own recreational facility in the coming months. The SMP is definitely related to unit readiness and is more than just taking trips, it’s about quality of life. I listen to whatever the issues are and deal with them appropriately.

I have had my hands in a lot of things that have happened here for the past two years, whether it was assisting with events, community relations or trying to make the barracks a better place to live. We have a new barracks opening early next year, which will mean a lot to the Marines who will live there. I reinstated the Professional Military Education Program for officers and senior enlisted. I also started MCLB Albany’s first Corporals course which prevented us from having to send Marines to Beaufort, S.C., or other installations. We have taken three trips in the past year to Andersonville, Kings Bay and Fort Benning, all in Ga.

Q: What has been your favorite part of being stationed here?

A: In addition to serving with the Marines and civilian-Marines, I was involved in energy conservation and learning about renewable energy. I am always willing to share what I have learned about how to conserve energy, recycling and using different sources of fuel in order to be good stewards of the taxpayers’ dollars. I would have never known you can take a landfill and turn it into a source of energy if I had not been involved in that process here. Being environmentally smart and safe is the future and I am glad I was a part of that.

Q: What has been your greatest challenge here?

A: Getting people to come together as a team and to understand everyone is different. It is not about what an individual wants or thinks, but about what is best for the Marine Corps and our mission here. The great thing about constantly changing leadership is you get new ideas and a fresh perspective on how to get things done. Things can never stay the same and we should always look for ways to improve and find better ways to do business together. Developing unit cohesion and Espirit de Corps needs to be a continued effort from all leaders – one team, one fight.

Q: Do you have any parting comments?

A: The ceremony on Aug. 20 is open to everyone who wants to attend, whether you receive an invitation or not. Sergeant Major Stephen Thomas will be my replacement and he is coming from 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, Camp Lejeune, N.C. This ceremony is not about me or the inbound sergeant major, it is about the office itself. It is important the young Marines do not get too complacent here because this is a small duty station and they do not have the opportunity to be a part of a deploying unit. This gives them the flexibility to further their education, professionally and personally.

Q: What will you miss the most?

A: The relationships that were built and developed the past few years with the Marines, sailors, soldiers and civilian-Marines. I feel together we established a great rapport and they knew they had someone who could champion their thoughts, desires and wishes. I strived to make everyone feel that if there is a way to make something happen, we would, and the base commander supports that.

Lt. Col. Don Finn, executive officer, MCLB Albany, said he will miss Mykoo’s counsel, sage advice and ability to multi-task and accomplish many things simultaneously.

“Since his arrival, Mykoo displayed a genuine interest in the overall well-being of all the Marines aboard MCLB Albany. He has worked hard to establish a positive rapport and working relationship with his counterparts at each of the tenant commands aboard the installation in order to foster a positive exchange of information beneficial to all,” Finn said. “His personal mantra of ‘Positive Mental Attitude’ was infectious.”