Gen. John Paxton Jr., assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, gives an address at an awards ceremony aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany on Tuesday. The command recently received the Meritorious Unit Commendation Award. (Staff Photo: Jennifer Parks)
MCLB-ALBANY — Marine Corps Logistics Command became the recipient of the Meritorious Unit Commendation Award Tuesday morning aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany.
The award was presented to LOGCOM for what officials describe as “sustained superior performance” from August 2011 to January 2013. In the citation it noted, that as the executive agent for reset and equipment retrograde from Operation Enduring Freedom, the command is credited for managing and executing the return of more than 22,500 principal end items for repair and recapitalization within its depot maintenance production plants and reissue to the operating forces — thereby maximizing combat readiness.
“What makes LOGCOM stand out is its people,” said Michael Madden, executive deputy of LOGCOM. “I come here everyday in awe of what we do … I think that is the backbone of what we do.”
The citation also makes note of the consolidation of Maintenance Center Albany and Maintenance Center Barstow in California to create Marine Depot Maintenance Command in 2012 as a means to create more efficiencies and a reduced overhead cost, and initiating the Enterprise Lifecycle Maintenance Program and closer ties with Marine Corps Systems Command.
“The camaraderie between the military, civilian, and contracted workforce was unparalleled and stands as the model for other commands to emulate, “the citation reads. “By their unyielding commitment, total devotion to duty, exemplary Professionalism and sustained superior performance, Marine Corps Logistics Command reflected great credit upon themselves and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.”
Gen. John M. Paxton Jr, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, presided over the ceremony. Also in attendance was Lt. Gen. William M. Faulkner, deputy commandant for Installations and Logistics, Maj. Gen. Chuck S. Hudson, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations Pacific and former LOGCOM commanding general and Maj. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow, current commanding general of LOGCOM.
In his remarks, Paxton spoke of the seemingly impossible task of continuing to be a shining star in a time in which fiscal resources were becoming harder and harder to come by.
“We could not be the warfighters we are without the logistics behind the warfight,” said Paxton.
Following the ceremony, he spoke to members of the media on the lasting impact of the things LOGCOM has done that they were recognized for on Tuesday.
“(The award recognizes) sustained performance,” the general said. “(The impact) will carry long after the 18-month period in which they were recognized … it is a long-term future impact.”
Hudson, who was invited to put the award’s streamers on the command’s flag, used the opportunity to reflect on his time at LOGCOM and the people he worked with to help make its mission a successful one.
“LOGCOM made the difference (to remain ready) during intense combat situations,” Hudson said. “As I thought about my tenure here, a lot of names came through my mind … it’s about the support of the community that allows us to do our duty day in and day out.”
Aside from the Meritorious Unit Commendation Streamer with two bronze stars, among the other recent recognitions the command has gotten includes the National Defense Service Streamer, the Afghanistan Campaign Streamer with one bronze star, the Iraqi Campaign Streamer with one bronze star and the Global War on Terrorism Service Streamer.