MCLB workers deploy to Iraq - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

MCLB workers deploy to Iraq

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Metro Albany's jobless rate climbs .3%

    Metro Albany's jobless rate climbs .3%

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:54:21 GMT
    Information from The Georgia Department of Labor- The Georgia Department of Labor says Metro Albany's unemployment rate increased to 8.7 percent in June, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4More >>
    The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and temporary layoffs, primarily in manufacturing. There were 60,500 jobs in Albany in June, down by 300, or 0.5 percent, from 60,800 in May. Most of the loss came in state government and the service-related industries.More >>
  • Air Algerie flight vanishes from radar

    Air Algerie flight vanishes from radar

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:21 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:21:02 GMT
    ALGIERS, Algeria (WALB) - An Air Algerie flight with 110 passengers and 6 crew member has vanished from radar.The flight, which was headed to Algiers from Burkina Faso, disappeared about 50 minutes after takeoff.The plane's flight path passes over Mali where military unrest continues in country's north. The U.S. recently banned flights into and over African conflict zones, including Mali.This comes just days after a Malaysian Airliner was shot down over Ukraine killing everyone on boardCopyri...More >>
    ALGIERS, Algeria (WALB) - An Air Algerie flight with 110 passengers and 6 crew member has vanished from radar.The flight, which was headed to Algiers from Burkina Faso, disappeared about 50 minutes after takeoff.The plane's flight path passes over Mali where military unrest continues in country's north. The U.S. recently banned flights into and over African conflict zones, including Mali.This comes just days after a Malaysian Airliner was shot down over Ukraine killing everyone on boardCopyri...More >>
  • Two in custody following drug bust

    Two in custody following drug bust

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:13:15 GMT
    Two people believed to be involved in selling cocaine in a car wash behind a gas station on North Slappey are in custody tonight.More >>
    Two people believed to be involved in selling cocaine in a car wash behind a gas station on North Slappey are in custody tonight. More >>

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It was a morning of hugs and farewells at MCLB Albany as eight MCLB contractors and one civilian Marine left for Iraq. 

The group deployed Monday and will spend the next 6 to 12 months supporting the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle program. The workers agree the time away from their loved ones will be tough, but their job away from home will be vital in keeping Marines on the front lines safe.

"We're going to go over there and keep the Marines rolling and the Army rolling with some of the best equipment they have. We're going to keep it up to speed and up to date. Our goal is keeping them going and keeping them safe," said Brian Raper, Civilian Contractor.

"The lives of the sailors and the Marines may depend on the equipment that they produce. So I tell them to always remember to simply do their best efforts in everything that they do," said Col. Terry W. Reid, Commander, Maintenance Center Albany.

The 9 MCA workers will join 22 fellow civilians workers from MCLB Albany already in Iraq. Once there, they will learn where in Iraq they will spend their tour.

Feedback


©2009 WALB News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.