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MCA hosts technology showcase

Photo by Ricki Barker

Photo by Ricki Barker

MCLB-ALBANY, Ga. -- Nearly 20 agencies are in Albany to give representatives at an area Marine base a chance to look at the latest technological developments.

Maintenance Center Albany officials are hosting a technology showcase through today aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany.

The event, which kicked off Tuesday morning, is being presented by the Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities Program, which is funded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

"We are looking for better ideas on how to support our warfighter," said Col. Terry Reid, MCA commanding officer. "I'm excited that they are here."

The showcase provides an opportunity for Marine Corps Logistics Command and MCLB-Albany managers, engineers and artisans to view new emerging technologies in use at other Department of Defense and industry production facilities.

"We have brought all the vendors here, and we are allowing employees on the floor," said Bill Baker, supervisor and mechanical engineer with MCA.

This will mark the first time the showcase has been held in Albany. The event also offers those who provide for the needs of the workers at MCA the opportune time to enter into a receiving mode so they can better gauge their consumers' needs.

"We are looking to bring maintenance technology from the community sector to the Secretary of Defense sector," said Greg Kilchenstein, action officer for the Office of the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Maintenance and Policy Programs.

"I see lots of officials at meetings, but I don't see the guys on the floors; that's where the ideas come from."

This is the fourth such DOD showcase that has been held to date.

"This gives us the opportunity to bring our show on the road," Kilchenstein said. "If we spring two or three projects out, it is a success.

"This makes their business more effective. What we do is target toward providing the warfighter with the best equipment possible. It's a win-win across the board."