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MCICOM leaders visit base

By Nathan L. Hanks Jr. | | March 13, 2014

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The Corps is proud to have Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany’s Marines and civilian-Marines in its ranks, said Marine Corps Installations Command’s senior leaders during a breakfast held March 6 at the base Town and Country Grand Ballroom.

This message was delivered by commanding general of MCICOM, Maj. Gen. Juan G. Ayala and the sergeant major of MCICOM, Sgt. Maj. John P. Ploskonka Jr., to about 75 MCLB Albany Marines and civilian-Marines.

“The team at Marine Corps Installations Command is immensely proud of all of you,” Ayala said. “It is a privilege for me not only to wear this uniform, but also to be among all of you. The Marine Corps is in good hands.”

This was Ayala’s first official visit to MCLB Albany since taking command of MCICOM, July 2, 2013.

“I’m reminded who bears the burden of the Marine Corps, why we are as good as we are and why we have the reputation we have,” he said. “We have kept that reputation for two centuries because of Marines like you.

“I am also reminded when I come to a place like Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, who does the real work,” he said. “It’s the staff noncommissioned officers, noncommissioned officers and the young lance corporals that do the bulk of the work whether deployed or in garrison, or in a supporting establishment or in the fleet.

“So I recognize and never will forget who makes up the Marine Corps, and it is you,” he added.

Ayala stated the Marine Corps will experience changes in the future due to a decrease in personnel, but the basic Marine, the basic tenants of being a Marine and the basic ethos will remain the same.

In addition, Ayala said there are 24 installations under his command and he acknowledged the role civilian-Marines play in supporting the warfighter. 

“There are 30,000 people in the Marine Corps Installations Command, of which 10,000 are civilian-Marines,” he said. “Sixty-five percent of the Marine Corps’ civilians are in Marine Corps Installations Command.

“We could not do our mission without our civilian-Marines,” he said. “I just wanted to acknowledge them for what they do.”

During the breakfast, several Marines were recognized for achieving meritorious promotions and winning various MCLB Albany and MCICOM Marine of the Quarter and Noncommissioned Officer boards for fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

Among those recognized was Cpl. Lucas J. Thomas, legal services specialist, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, MCLB Albany.

Thomas won Marine of the Quarter for MCLB Albany 1st Quarter of fiscal year 2013, Marine Corps Installations East Marine of the Quarter 1st Quarter FY2013 and was promoted meritoriously to the rank of corporal, March 2, 2013.

“Major General Ayala expressed how much he appreciates the Marines and civilian-Marines’ contributions to the installation and the Marine Corps,” Thomas said. “As a young Marine noncommissioned officer, his speech has inspired me to continue to do my best in all aspects of my Marine Corps career.”

During the two-day visit, the MCICOM senior leaders received a windshield tour and command brief from MCLB Albany officials and met with Maj. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow, commanding general Marine Corps Logistics Command.

They also visited the Landfill-Gas-to-Energy site and received extensive briefs on current and future energy projects.


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