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Base supports III MEF throughout 2003

Marine Corps News

Release Date: 1/8/2004

Story by Sgt. Jason D. Gallentine

CAMP FOSTER - -- With a mission of providing installation support to the entire III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base closed 2003 with the satisfaction of a job well done.

Providing support to various exercises including Exercise Cobra Gold and Landing Force Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training, MCB also sent Marines and Sailors to Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, all while improving the quality of life for all on Marine Corps installations here.

MCB provides installation support to III MEF training areas, air stations, garrison facilities, exchange and Marine Corps Community Services, and medical services, said Brig. Gen. James Flock, commanding general, MCB.

While supporting the various exercises and operations involving III MEF, MCB also conducted force protection operations for Marine Corps installations in Japan, and improved the Green Line bus service, tailoring it to maximize support to Marines, according to Flock.

Some sections are visible in their role of quality of life issues and support while many are not, according to Sgt. Maj. Jeffery Green, sergeant major, MCB.

Quality of Life and supporting the MEF during a deployment are two main missions for MCB, Green said. No matter what the Marines and Sailors do in MCB, they have a role in making quality of life better for the family members, civilians and active duty members here on Okinawa.

With the success of another year behind them, it is because of each individual working together that MCB has, and will, continue to improve quality of life and support III MEF, according to Green.

I would like to state that MCB is a unique organization, he said. It requires a team effort from our Marines, civilians, and MLs (master labor contractors) to get the job done. They're a solid team that put their heart into mission accomplishment and providing the best service they possibly can. They are professional, and it has been a pleasure to serve with them this past year

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