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Marines with Marine Corps Logistics Command roll out a birthday cake during MCLC's ninth anniversary celebration May 8 in front of Building 3700. Marine Corps Materiel Command and Marine Corps Logistics Bases consolidated into a single command to become MCLC, May 8, 2003.

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MCLC celebrates ninth anniversary

17 May 2012 | Marti Gatlin

Marines, civilian-Marines and contractors celebrated Marine Corps Logistics Command’s ninth anniversary with a cake cutting ceremony in front of Building 3700, May 8.

Marine Corps Materiel Command and Marine Corps Logistics Bases consolidated into a single command to become Marine Corps Logistics Command, May 8, 2003.

MCLC provides worldwide, integrated logistics/supply chain and distribution management, strategic prepositioning of materiel and depot-level maintenance management. During the ceremony, Michael T. Madden, executive deputy, MCLC, thanked MCLC’s members for all their hard work.

“We have a strong legacy over time as we have assimilated the DNA from predecessor organizations of the likes of Marine Corps Depot of Supplies in the ‘50s and Marine Corps Supply Activity in the mid-70s,” he said. “While we, as an institution, have a rich legacy and will count the time of our existence, institutions are made whole and come to life through the people working in the organization. Marine Corps Logistics Command employees, you do a remarkable job every day - a job we all know is critical in supporting our warfighters - in particular, that private first class and lance corporal who stands at the tip of the spear.”

Madden listed numerous accolades MCLC personnel have achieved to include the stand up of a forward command into a theater of war from a supporting establishment command; the stand up of Marine Expeditionary Force support teams; Marine Corps-wide engagement in depot maintenance planning; a portfolio of products and services at key locations in direct support of fleet efforts and the consolidation of Maintenance Center Albany and Maintenance Center Barstow, Calif., into a single command - Marine Depot Maintenance Command.

“Logistics innovation starts here and is made real by you each and every day,” he said. The executive deputy said the command’s ninth anniversary provided its members “a fitting opportunity for us as Marines, civilian-Marines and contractors, who support our efforts, to reflect on our rich heritage, examine our current role and renew our commitment to meet future challenges with the same vigor, determination and resolve as we have the past nine years.

“As we commemorate this special occasion ... to each who wears or has worn the eagle, globe and anchor, and to those civilian-Marines and contractors who support them, stand tall,” Madden added. “This is your time to proudly celebrate the magnificent nine years of sacrifice and service that Marine Corps Logistics Command provides to the Corps. I am proud to be a part of this command, and you can also take pride in your status as Marines and civilian-Marines for the high quality of your work, your innovative approach to challenges and your commitment to our nation and the Corps.”

Madden then cut a piece of birthday cake and gave it to the oldest plank holder, Robert “Don” Golden. Golden, a management and program assistant, MCLC, and a retired Marine Corps master gunnery sergeant, began working here in 1981. He was part of MCLC’s activation ceremony in May 2003.

The 77-year-old, who retired from the Marine Corps in August 1984, described the cake cutting as fun.

“It was a good feeling to be recognized,” Golden said, noting he’s worked with many employees over the years. “I still enjoy it and I enjoy the people.”

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