March 13, 2014 --
To serve active-duty military, retirees, Department of Defense employees and spouses working, living and conducting recreational activities aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Marine Corps Community Services offers a variety of services and programs.
According to Deborah Bouyer, director, MCCS, MCLB Albany, it is MCCS’ goal to communicate reliable resources and information to its customers.
“Our mission is to maintain a well-trained and highly motivated staff, dedicated to consistently providing quality goods and innovative services and programs while continuously improving the quality of life of our patrons,” she said.
Edie Stratis, marketing manager, MCCS, echoed Bouyer’s sentiments.
“We hope everybody (who) is eligible to use our facilities will take advantage of our programs,” Stratis said. “Marine Corps Community Services has a lot to offer.”
Stratis recommends the base community stay up-to-date on all MCCS happenings through its website, www.mccsalbany.com.
“(The website) is updated every day — Marine Corps Community Services Week in Preview, the Monthly Events Guide, the Town and Country Restaurant menu, any programs or events happening now or upcoming and the movie schedule,” she said. “All Marine Corps Community Services’ programs are open to all base personnel. There is something for everybody.”
According to Stratis, MCCS’ website will have a new look soon, but its information will still be the same. There will be extra graphics and the website’s theme will be different.
Upcoming MCCS events include the Information, Tickets and Tours 16th Annual Travel and Recreation Trade Show, March 19 at Thomason Gym; the annual Career and Education Fair, March 26 and the annual Daniels Family Fitness Center Cup Challenge, April 16.
“Marine Corps Community Services provides programs and events for our retirees, spouses and all active duty and their family members along with Department of Defense civilians aboard the base,” Stratis said.
Along with its website, MCCS uses several other different venues to advertise and promote MCCS’ events: MCCS Week in Preview, The Emblem, marquees at MCLB Albany’s Johnson Road Gate, across from Boyett Park, Base Theater, housing and the Marine Corps Exchange.
Other marketing means include flyers and monthly happenings distributed to all MCCS facilities, Commissary and base housing; all hands messages for active-duty military, DoD employees and contractors as well as PowerPoint presentations at the Base Theater.
“Please check out the website, marquees, our monthly events guide that we place in all our facilities and on the Web, and the Week in Preview that is updated on the Marine Corps Community Services website,” she said. “For any questions about our programs, patrons can call the Marine Corps Community Services hotline at 229-639-5268.”
Among the many MCCS services are its Marine and Family Programs’ Lifelong Learning Services, and Counseling and Behavioral Health Services.
Marine and Family Programs’ director Charles Goodson said MCCS provides a wide range of services to MCLB Albany, its tenant organizations, family members and retirees.
“I’m impressed with what we’re able to offer and look forward to the opportunity to serve more people than we currently are as they come to know us and come to use our services more often,” he said. “One of the things I ask every time I get the opportunity is for people to help us to help them because we want all of our active duty, family members, retirees and civilian-Marines to be as successful as they can be in whatever position that they are in — workwise or at home.”