Brig. Gen. Thomas Gorry, commander of Marine Corps Installations East, paid a visit to Dougherty Comprehensive High School on Tuesday. The school is one of three zoned to children living on Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany.
ALBANY, Ga. -- The military community paid a visit to Dougherty Comprehensive High School on Tuesday.
Officials from Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany visited the school shortly after the base's POW/MIA Breakfast as part of an effort to give military officials a deeper look into what goes on at the campus.
Along with them was Brig. Gen. Thomas Gorry, commander of Marine Corps Installations East.
Assistant Principal Bennie Rucks, a retired Marine, spoke on his feelings regarding the significance of the relationship between a military base and its community.
"I truly understand the relationship between Marines and the community," he said. "This is only the beginning, and I hope (the relationship) gets stronger.
"We offer a lot here."
Overviews were given to officials on the school's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program and the international baccalaureate program.
Maj. Nicholas Nicholson, senior military instructor for the JROTC program, spoke of the impact it attempts to have on its students.
"We are mentors, teachers, but in other ways, we are father figures," he said. "We are surrogate parents."
Officials say that the visit came about as a result of positive feedback on the school's activities, prompting an interest in what it is offering its students.
The brigadier general indicated some interest in the impact the school has had on the community's military children.
"This is not just a one-time visit to the school," Gorry said. "This is a long-term investment.
"We have to foster that relationship."
During the visit, officials were also able to go into a few classrooms, including a French class, a math class, the JROTC program as well as a cosmetology lab while also taking a look at the construction that has been ongoing at the campus -- which will include new fine arts facilities for the school.
Dougherty High is among three schools zoned to the children living aboard MCLB-Albany, along with Radium Springs Elementary School and Dougherty Middle School.