October 10, 2013 --
Marine Corps Logistics Command personnel bid farewell to the Weapons Systems Management Center Director, Lyndia “Sue” Wright as she retired after a successful and accomplished career of 36 years of civil service.
Wright’s achievements within the logistics community are extensive. Her career began in 1975 upon her graduation from nearby Worth County High School at the age of 16.
She pursued her collegiate education at Fort Valley State University, while concurrently gaining work experience with MCLC as a cooperative education student.
Upon graduation from college, she continued to gain valuable work experience which would lead to more responsibility and promotion opportunities within the logistics community early in her career.
Wright became the first African-American woman to hold executive positions in the history of MCLC.
“For Marine Corps Logistics Command, I was the first African-American female GS-14 and GS-15,” Wright said. “That gave me another incentive to go the extra mile and ensure the legacy I would leave would be that others have opportunities in the future.”
Wright formed the Weapons System Support Manager concept and subsequently stood up the Weapons Systems Management Center as the director in 2011. She was also responsible for the continued development and maturity of the Enterprise Lifecycle Management Program.
“This job is a total involvement of Marine Corps logistics,” Wright said. “My role as a senior logistics integrator has given me the opportunity to bring all logistics pieces together. It has been the capstone of my career involving everything I have learned in 36 years.”
“I congratulate Sue on what has been, by any measure, a highly successful career,” Maj. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow, commanding general, MCLC, said. “The Marine Corps owes her many thanks, not just for the ground breaking work she’s done as a leader here in Albany, but because her selfless efforts to ensure excellence in logistics have impacted thousands of Marines and their mission succes.”
Broadmeadow continued, “I also extend a personal thanks for her patient efforts to teach me the intricacies of this command.”
Her notable accolades include a Commendation for Meritorious Civilian Service, a Special Congressional Recognition, and MCLC’s 2011 Executive of the Year award.
“Sue is an icon in our field and is known throughout the Corps as the ‘go to’ person for the tough issues,” Michael T. Madden, executive deputy, MCLC, said. “She is a joy to work with, always positive and always has a viable, creative way ahead. Logistics Command has been successful because of her efforts.
“The Marine Corps will miss her, Logistics Command will miss her and I will miss her,” he said. “She has been a great sounding board to me personally and her input of great value in my decision making. I wish her all the best with the next chapter in her life.”
Wright plans to teach business logistics courses at a college level as an adjunct instructor and possibly provide logistics consulting upon retirement.