September 19, 2014 --
What is it that brings retirees and veterans from every branch of service, in large numbers, to Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany?
Whether it’s a trip to the Commissary, medical services at the clinic or movie night with the family, there is no shortage of services and benefits available to the military community, who have sacrificed so much to preserve our freedoms.
There are many services available to the installation’s military families and, according to some base personnel and officials, patrons have travelled from as far away as Tallahassee, Florida, to take advantage of the offerings here.
Some local former service members shared their reasons for visiting MCLB Albany’s Marine Corps Exchange, recently.
Isaac James, disable Army veteran, said he travels to the base to purchase his gasoline and finds the prices comparative to those in town.
“A lot of times the price is a bit lower,” James admitted. “But, I especially like the grade of the gas. Sometimes when you go out in the surrounding areas, you don't always get what you pay for. I can, actually, tell the difference in how my vehicle drives when I buy gasoline off base. I know here, on the base, I’m going to get quality gas.”
Unlike James, who admits he shops for the quality gasoline at the MCX self-service pumps, Jack Joiner, retired Air Force veteran, said he uses his “Star Card” to enjoy the discounts it provides to him when purchasing gasoline on base.
“I use my Star Card to save on the per-gallon price,” Joiner said. “Although I don't always purchase my gas on the base, I do buy it here pretty regularly and, with my discount card, the price is always very competitive.”