November 6, 2015 --
Leaders from Marine Corps Installations Command visited Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Nov. 4.
This was Maj. Gen. Charles L. Hudson, commander, MCICOM, first official visit here since taking command of MCICOM, July 1. Sgt. Maj. Anthony Cruz Jr., sergeant major, MCICOM, also accompanied Hudson.
During the visit, Hudson spoke about the future of the Marine Corps, MCICOM and where he projected them to be in the next 20 years.
He shared his thoughts about the safety and security of the Marines, Sailors and their family members as well as his workforce, payroll for non-uniformed personnel, hiring for civil service vacancies, in addition to military construction, restoration and modernization of bases’ facilities.
“At my level, I worry about you,” Hudson said. “I worry about the command because to me it’s all about people, resources and money.
“Here, at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, it’s really about supporting Marine Corps Logistics Command and Marine Depot Maintenance Command,” he continued. “It’s about supporting those we take care of day in and day out.”
Hudson commended the workforce for supporting the warfighter as well as their contributions to energy conservation.
“You all here have done a tremendous amount of work relative to energy, renewable energy and reducing energy consumption across the board,” he noted.
During a question-and-answer session, Hudson and Cruz both addressed Marines and civilian-Marines, who asked about staffing shortages within the Marine Corps Police Department throughout the Marine Corps, and promotion and professional military education concerns for Marines.
Hudson reflected on the support MCLB Albany and its tenant organizations provide on a daily basis.
“I could not have asked for better support from you all as you go about your day-to-day business,” he said. “What you do is extremely important day in and day out. Thanks for what you do.”
Bob James, director, Operations and Training Division, MCLB Albany, said Hudson is visiting all of the installations under his charge to better understand the issues and challenges facing his personnel as well as to celebrate their achievements.
“We were honored to host Major General Hudson and Sergeant Major Cruz and have the opportunity to brief them on the status of our efforts to support our tenants,” James said. “Most importantly, we appreciate Major General Hudson taking time to speak to the workforce in a number of forums to address his vision and goals during his tenure as commander, Marine Corps Installations Command.”
Also during their visit here, MCICOM senior leaders received various command briefs from MCLB Albany officials; met with Maj. Gen. Craig C. Crenshaw, commanding general, Marine Corps Logistics Command; and had a one-on-one session with base Marines and senior civilian-Marines during lunch.
They also toured the base’s Landfill-Gas-to-Energy site and America’s first Borehole Thermal Energy Storage system — a state-of-the-art ground source heat pump system — designed to heat and cool Building 3700, and received briefs on current and future energy projects.