MCLB-ALBANY -- The Southwest Georgia elements can take a big toll on tactical vehicles and tanks, especially those that may be called upon to participate in combat halfway around the world.
The Marine base here has found a solution to that problem.
A ribbon cutting was conducted at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany for a 70,000-square-foot combat vehicle storage warehouse -- also known as Building 1430 to those at the installation -- Wednesday morning.
The primary function of the facility is to provide a humidity-controlled storage space for light armored and armored vehicles, thereby extending life and serviceability and reducing maintenance costs.
"This is indeed a very important day, not only for the Marine base, but for Albany and Dougherty County," said Brig. Gen. James Kessler, commanding general of Marine Corps Logistics Command. "Maintaining equipment to combat status took a great deal of time and labor. This will result in savings in resources. By lengthening service life, we can use the money (to do other things).
"The building will help the command to better support the warfighter. We are happy that it's done; it represents an important capability for us."
The savings in resources in turn will benefit taxpayers, officials say.
"It's better for the warfighter, and it's better for the taxpayer," explained LOGCOM Distribution Management Center Director Doug Anderson. "It's an excellent facility. The only thing is that we need more of it (space).
"In the long run, it will give us the ability to (perform more efficient missions)."
Officials are planning to submit in the near future a request for the construction of more storage space, Anderson said.
The vehicles that come through the command are first given any needed service at Maintenance Center Albany, and are then stored for future use.
The cost to build the facility was $5.3 million. Eighty-percent of the labor and 45 percent of the resources used to complete the project were from the Southwest Georgia area. Construction started in April 2009, and the building has been in operation for four months.