July 17, 2014 --
More than 30 Marines and sailors gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Albany, Georgia, July 10, for the annual Military Appreciation Rise and Shine Breakfast.
Hosted by the Military Affairs Committee of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, this event is designed to give the community an opportunity to show appreciation for Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and those in uniform who serve.
Col. Don Davis, commanding officer, MCLB Albany, said, “It really makes us feel special when the community supports us in such a great way. The breakfast and the accolades for our outstanding achievers were noteworthy and really emphasize the partnership we have with the local community. This is a great place to be.”
The Marine and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year for MCLB Albany and Marine Corps Logistics Command were honored with an award and monetary gift.
One of the Marines honored, Sgt. Johnnie Encarnacion, contract specialist, LOGCOM, said, “It was an honor and a privilege to be recognized by the community at the military appreciation breakfast and the memory of this experience will stay with me throughout my career. God bless you all.”
Leland Burkart, chairman, Military Affairs Committee, said this annual occasion gives us in the business community a chance to salute local members of our armed forces and thank them for the impact they have on this community.
“The Military Affairs Committee is dedicated to making sure those who serve, sacrifice and preserve our freedoms are not forgotten,” Burkart said. “We deeply appreciate those who serve.”
Chris Hardy, president and chief executive officer of the Chamber said this is the first time he has lived in a place with a military presence and the Marine base is something to be proud of.
“Wherever I live, I will make sure it is someplace that has a military presence,” Hardy said.