MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. --
It was a day of celebration and recognition at the first Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Employee Recognition Day at Boyett Park, Thursday.
Scores of base employees joined together to see their co-workers receive awards, enjoy each other’s company and participate in numerous team building and Voluntary Protection Plan exercises.
More than 30 awards was presented ranging from cash awards to Employee of the Year.
The first Employee of the Year recipient was John Richard for his outstanding performance as an operations and plans specialist with the Base Operations and Training Division.
Richard was one of six employees nominated for the recognition, and he later said the award was both an honor and a humbling experience.
“All the things that I was recognized for, I couldn’t have done it without the support of everyone throughout the base,” Richard said. “I am so humbled.”
After the awards were presented, Kent Morrison, executive director, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, spoke of the great job base employees have done over the last year in support of the warfighter.
“Our job, as leaders, is to ensure that
we recognize our employees at every level for the great jobs they do no matter how small or how large,” he said.
After the presentation, employees enjoyed a cookout and then began team building exercises for fun.
Base employees challenged each other in more than 10 team building exercises throughout the day.
Events included a water balloon toss, pop the balloon, balloon race, find your shoes, dizzy izzy, and the crowd favorite, tug-of-war.
The first winner of the tug-of-war contest went to Marine Corps Community Services who beat out a strong command staff team.
At the conclusion of the day’s event, Col. Terry V. Williams, commanding officer, MCLB Albany, said the day had been a huge success.
“We did this because our employees have been doing some great work,” Williams said. “We recognized that, and this was a way to give something back to them.
“The camaraderie and fellowship of team building not only brings us together, it’s a way to give the employees a chance to take a little time off and get to know each other within the separate divisions. I can’t wait until next year,” he said.