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LOGCOM civilian-Marine returns from deployment

By Robin Berry | | April 11, 2014


After eight months of serving in Afghanistan, Harry Bailey, maintenance management specialist, Maintenance Management Center, Marine Corps Logistics Command, returned home to family, friends and co-workers at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Albany, Ga., April 1.

Bailey deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, from July 14, 2013, to March 24, where he served as the contracting officer's technical representative for multiple logistics support contracts.

“Harry was the right person for the very complex and challenging job of basically holding people accountable for their contracts,” Jerry Mengelkoch, director, MMC, LOGCOM, said. “Having government oversight is always important, but it’s even more important in the current political and fiscal environment. Harry volunteered to deploy and then was subsequently selected by a LOGCOM panel for the duty and the work he was doing will impact the Marine Corps enterprise on a very large scale for years to come.”

Bailey was responsible for ensuring vendors successfully met all overflow maintenance requirements for multiple contracts to support LOGCOM (Forward) operations.

These services were in direct support of the Marine Air Ground Task Force units deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to Larry Davis, program analyst, Operations Directorate, LOGCOM, “As a result of Bailey's oversight, LOGCOM's mission was successful with no disruption of service and met expectations without cost overruns during the entire time of his deployment.”

Bailey said, his greatest pleasure while deployed was to work with Marines, who are very dedicated and honorable men.

“There is still a lot of work to be done over there,” he said. “It’s still a dangerous place to be.”

According to Maj. Mike Mullins, deputy director, Center Operations Division, MMC, LOGCOM, Bailey is extremely well rounded to include being motivated and enthusiastic.

“Although we missed him in the MMC over the last several months, we know how valuable he has been at LOGCOM (Forward) and we are glad to have him back,” Mullins said.