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Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB), Albany

The Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany Georgia is located in the Southwest section of the state known as Plantation Trace. Albany is approximately 3 hours South of Atlanta. On March 1, 1952, the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB), Albany as it is now known, was commissioned as the Marine Corps Depot of Supplies. By 1954 the station was sufficiently complete with warehouses and administration buildings to assume supply support for Marines east of the Rocky Mountains and in the Atlantic area.

In 1967 the Center became a Storage Activity and Depot Maintenance Activity. Formal schools training in maintenance and supply sources of various types were conducted. On January 17, 1990, the Commandant of the Marine Corps designated the Commanding General, Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany to also be Commander, Marine Corps Logistics Bases. The reorganization placed control of Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow, California; Blount Island Command, Jacksonville, Florida, as well as Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany under this single command.

Albany provided exceptional support to the Marine Air Ground Task Forces sent to Southwest Asia. The MCLB, Albany military and civilian team's hard work and dedication, combined with equal efforts from MCLB, Barstow and Blount Island Command, reaped outstanding results, possibly the most successful logistical support in history.

The Base mission is to provide comprehensive logistics support to the MARFOR and other customers for the full spectrum of operating and combat requirements; perform the full range of Logistics Center functions for items assigned Integrated Materiel Management responsibility; perform the full range of Inventory Management functions for PEI's subsequent to the acquisition phase; perform the full range of logistics management functions to include accomplishing assigned LEM responsibilities in the acquisition of new items of equipment, monitoring fielded Marine Corps weapons systems readiness, cataloging and delegating standardization functions for the Marine Corps; provide central management for all assets held by the MARFOR, direct asset redistribution to enhance Marine Corps readiness and to eliminate excesses, ensure optimum use of all maintenance resources by ensuring coordination with MARFOR maintenance activities; provide the organization and resources, augmented by MARFOR personnel, for the BICmd; plan and conduct the maintenance cycle for MPS and NALMEB to achieve total MPS and NALMEB readiness; provide direct support to the operating forces on MPS and NALMEB operations/exercises on prepositioning deployment issues through deployed TAAT's, perform required storage functions in support of PEI's; provide fifth echelon depot level maintenance capability for support of all non-consumable items rebuild requirements and overflow fourth echelon maintenance support of operating forces nonconsumable item repair requirements; implement and operate a central logistics quality assurance program; conduct formal schools and training as directed; coordinate Marine Corps participation in CIM initiatives; perform project management functions for DoD standard systems; conduct analysis, design, development, implementation, training, and maintenance of logistics AIS; provide AIS production support to such commands as may be directed; certify and pay Marine Corps-wide transportation type bills for the movement of all Marine Corps sponsored traffic; serve as single source for Marine Corps Publications; design all Marine Corps unique uniforms; exercise command and control over the financial and logistics support functions at MCLB Albany, BICmd, and MCLB Barstow; and perform such other tasks as may be directed by the CMC.

The Maintenance Center has a very active environmental staff that consists of four environmental protection specialists and three hazardous material handlers. In addition each cost work center has a representative assigned to coordinate the daily generation of waste and use of materials. A base environmental office fully staffed with complete multimedia accountability complements the staff of the Maintenance Center. Every year complete refresher training is provided to the environmental staff as well as the individual cost work center representatives. In addition awareness training is provided to all industrial employees with the Maintenance Center who have the opportunity to cause the Center to become out of compliance. The depot is in an attainment area, which means that air quality is within all applicable limits and therefore no unusual restraints are placed on the operations. All industrial effluent is discharged to the City of Albany municipal wastewater treatment works and the city maintains surveillance of the parameters of the wastewater discharge permit. The MCLB has good relations with local, state, and federal environmental agencies.

BRAC 2005

Secretary of Defense Recommendations: In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended that the Red River Depot be closed. As a result, DoD recommended to relocate Red River's depot maintenance of Powertrain Components, and Starters/Generators to Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany. Red River's depot maintenance of Construction Equipment was relocated to both Anniston Army Depot, AL, and Marine Corps Logistics Base.

DoD also recommended to realign Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, CA by consolidating its depot maintenance of Conventional Weapons, Engines/Transmissions, Material Handling, Powertrain Components, Starters/ Alternators/Generators, Test Measurement Diagnostic Equipment, and Wire at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, GA.

In another recommendation, DoD recommended to realign Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, CA, by relocating the depot maintenance of Material Handling to Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, GA.

DoD would realign Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, GA, by disestablishing storage and distribution functions for tires, packaged petroleum, oils, and lubricants, and compressed gases.

Secretary of Defense Justifications: The first recommendation concerning Red River's depot maintenance of Powertrain Components, and Starters/Generators would increase opportunities for inter-service workloading by transferring maintenance workload to the Marine Corps.

The second recommendation regarding the maintenance of Conventional Weapons, Engines/Transmissions, Material Handling, Powertrain Components, Starters/ Alternators/Generators, and Test Measurement Diagnostic Equipment would follow the strategy of minimizing sites using maximum capacity of 1.5 shifts while maintaining a west coast depot maintenance presence at Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow to provide west coast operating forces with a close, responsive source for depot maintenance support. As a result of the proposal, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany would be in Attainment although Title V permit modifications would be required. There would be potential impacts to cultural, archeological, or tribal resources; threatened and endangered species or critical habitat; waste management; and wetlands.

The third recommendation regarding the realignment of Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, CA, would support depot maintenance function elimination at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach and would follow the strategy of minimizing sites using maximum capacity at 1.5 shifts. Environmentally, this recommendation would have a possible impact on historic properties at MCLB Albany. This recommendation would have the potential to impact threatened and endangered species or critical habitat at MCLB Albany. Environmentally, this recommendation would have the potential to impact air quality at MCLB Albany.

The fourth recommendation would achieve economies and efficiencies that would enhance the effectiveness of logistics support to forces as they transition to more joint and expeditionary operations. This recommendation would disestablish the wholesale supply, storage, and distribution functions for all tires; packaged petroleum, oils and lubricants; and compressed gases used by the Department of Defense, retaining only the supply contracting function for each commodity. The Department would privatize these functions and would rely on private industry for the performance of supply, storage, and distribution of these commodities. By doing so, the Department could divest itself of inventories and eliminate infrastructure and personnel associated with these functions. This recommendation would result in more responsive supply support to user organizations and would thus add to capabilities of the future force. The recommendation would provide improved support during mobilization and deployment, and the sustainment of forces when deployed worldwide. Privatization would enable the Department to take advantage of the latest technologies, expertise, and business practices, which translates to improved support to customers at less cost. It centralizes management of tires; packaged petroleum, oils, and lubricants; and compressed gases and eliminates unnecessary duplication of functions within the Department.

Community Concerns: There were no formal expressions from the community.

Commission Findings: The Commission agreed with the Secretary of Defense that the proposed realignment of Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, CA will decrease the cost of depot maintenance operations across DoD while increasing the military value to the Warfighter. The community's contentions that cycle times would be degraded, and the quality of work would suffer, were not supported by the Commission's review and analysis. The realignment recommendation will leave in place sufficient depot surge capacity while generating cost savings.

Commission Recommendations: The Commission found the Secretary's recommendation consistent with the final selection criteria and the Force Structure Plan. Therefore, the Commission approves the recommendation of the Secretary.



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