Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany
The Marine Corps Logistics Base is located in Dougherty County in southwest Georgia, approximately five miles southeast of Albany. Its mission is to rebuild and repair ground-combat and combat-support equipment and to support installations on the East Coast of the United States.
Today's Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, comprises more than 3,300 acres and in 2002 employed more than 2,400 civilians along with a complement of 600 marines. The Albany Maintenance Center is also the home base for the commander of the Marine Corps Logistics Bases, which includes those located at Barstow, California, and Jacksonville, Florida.
During the Persian Gulf War (1990-91) the base's workforce shipped more than 9 million pounds of equipment to air and seaports for rapid transport to troops abroad. Personnel also installed twenty-six "tractor protective kits" on bulldozers used to break through Iraqi barriers and minefields. The armored bulldozers helped open the way for coalition troops to overrun enemy defenses.
Preserving the environment and the wildlife in and around the base has been a priority since the early planning phases of the facility. Colonel "A" "E" Dubber, the officer who chose the Albany site, insisted early on
In 1973 more than 200 Indian artifacts were discovered on the base. Arrowheads, flint knives, scrapers, and other ancient tools estimated to be more than 8,000 years old were unearthed by archaeologists. Their presence suggests that the area may have been a trading or supply post for Native Americans.
Logistics training for employees of the base is offered through Albany Technical College.
"Keeping the Fleet Marine Forces Equipped," HQMC Hotline, February 1983.
"Post of the Corps: MCLB, Albany; The Corps' Best-Kept Secret," The Leatherneck, Magazine of the Marines, April 2000.
J. B. Walker, "Post of the Corps: Albany, Georgia," The Leatherneck, Magazine of the Marines, September 1983.
Beryl I. Diamond, Georgia State University
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