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Economic Impact: Marine Corps Logistics

September 27, 2011 > Posted in News, News & Events

Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany is the sort of institution that hardly needs an introduction. Established in 1952 amid a sprawling pecan orchard, the base has through the decades grown its mission, its work force and its economic impact. Today the base – aboard which are major tenants Maintenance Center Albany and Headquarters Marine Corps Logistics Command – employs about 4,900 Marines, civilians and contractors.

While each command aboard the base is separate and distinct, in the eyes of the community it is seen simply as “our base.”

“The base has a unique mission to provide the foundation for the Marine Corps Logistics Command, the world-wide deployed headquarters for all of the Marine Corps operational logistics,” said base commander Col. Terry Williams. “It is the brains of the Marine Corps operational/strategic logistics.”

The base provides its tenant commands with facilities, infrastructure and tailored support to facilitate the execution of their various missions. The base command provides 38 services and support to its tenants, including utilities; buildings and facilities; transportation support; security; communications support, such as phones, Internet, radios; legal support; religious support; and community services.

Maintenance Center Albany is responsible for much of the reset work on Marine vehicles used on the warfront. It is MCA’s mission that has in part fueled the employment growth at the base.

“We have been at war for more than nine years,” said Williams. “The amount of equipment required to be repaired and/or serviced coupled with the need to rest and regenerate the force has required an increase in the work force.”

Col. Terry Reed is commander of Maintenance Center Albany, and Maj. Gen. James A. Kessler is commander of Headquarters Marine Corps Logistics Command, also known as LOGCOM.

For fiscal year 2009, the base’s economic impact was $657.4 million. All indictors point to continued growth at MCLB-Albany.

“I see this base continuing to be the premier logistics base, still the home of Marine Corps Logistics Command,” Williams said, “but also an innovator in renewable energy – the premier “green base” of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Department of the Navy.”