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Albany Area Chamber of Commerce hosts military appreciation breakfast | VIDEO

Breakfast held to recognize impact of military community

Marines from Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany and Marine Corps Logistics Command are recognized during a military appreciation breakfast held by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.


Leland Burkart, chairman of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce military affairs committee, presented awards to a few Marines at the Chamber’s military appreciation breakfast on Thursday. From left are Sgt. Johnnie Encarnacion Cpl. Fabio Chapina-Rodriguez and Cpl. Jacob Jones. Sgt. Stephanie Bowens, named Marine of the Year for MCLB-Albany, was not in attendance. (Staff Photo: Jennifer Parks)

Leland Burkart, chairman of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce military affairs committee, presented awards to a few Marines at the Chamber’s military appreciation breakfast on Thursday. From left are Sgt. Johnnie Encarnacion Cpl. Fabio Chapina-Rodriguez and Cpl. Jacob Jones. Sgt. Stephanie Bowens, named Marine of the Year for MCLB-Albany, was not in attendance. (Staff Photo: Jennifer Parks)

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Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation breakfast

Marines from Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany and Marine Corps Logistics Command are recognized during a military appreciation breakfast held by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.

Marines from Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany and Marine Corps Logistics Command are recognized during a military appreciation breakfast held by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.

ALBANY — Community business leaders and members of the military gathered Thursday to bring to the forefront what the military has done for the Albany area.

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its military appreciation breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn, where the community’s leaders were able to salute all those in the armed forces and acknowledge the impact a military presence can have on a region.

For the Albany area, that presence primarily stems from Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany.

“The relationship of the Marine base and the community is one that is unique and collaborative,” said Jim Deal, chairman of the board for the Chamber. “It is dynamic relationship that has been ongoing for more than 50 years and remains strong.”

Col. Don Davis, commanding officer of MCLB-Albany, gave some brief remarks in relation to the base’s connection with the community, noting that “we are one Albany.”

“Thank you Albany. Thank you for what you do,” he said.

The colonel also mentioned that something big would be happening on Monday that would highlight the positives of the region, a reference to the “There’s Only One Albany” marketing campaign that the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and Lattimer Communications will be launching next week.

Set to include print and other media advertising, billboard displays, utility pole banners and a digital presence via www.onlyonealbany.com, the goal of that campaign will be to “move the needle” toward a more positive perspective of Albany and Dougherty County.

Leland Burkart, chairman of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce military affairs committee, presented the awards for Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year for Marine Corps Logistics Command (LOGCOM), Marine of the Year for LOGCOM, Marine of the Year for MCLB and NCO of the Year for MCLB. Cpl. Jacob Jones was named top NCO for the base, Sgt. Johnnie Encarnacion was recognized as top NCO for LOGCOM and Cpl. Fabio Chapina-Rodriquez was named Marine of the Year for LOGCOM.

Sgt. Stephanie Bowens, named Marine of the Year for MCLB, was not at Thursday’s ceremony. She shipped out to California the day before, a spokesman from the installation said.

Burkart, just before handing out the awards, described the military as a shining star that has protected the nation from various threats over the years, and noted that the days meant to be set aside to honor them — such as Veterans Day, Flag Day and Independence Day — are often seen more as days for people to spend time at the beach, or to engage in other family activities.

He also gave a nod to the Marines sitting in on the breakfast.

“The Marines have distinguished themselves,” he said. “They achieve victory over good and evil, so we want to say thank you.”

“The Marine base is something to be proud of,” said Chris Hardy, president and CEO of the Chamber. “This is the first time I’ve been in a place with a military presence, and after I leave, I can’t imagine living somewhere without a military presence.”

Albany Air Conditioning and Heating, Artesian Contracting and A. West Enterprise were listed as sponsors for the event, with Prince Automotive as a contributing sponsor.

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Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation breakfast

Marines from Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany and Marine Corps Logistics Command are recognized during a military appreciation breakfast held by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.

Marines from Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany and Marine Corps Logistics Command are recognized during a military appreciation breakfast held by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.