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MCLB receives a new load of gear

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  War equipment from Iraq is returning to MCLB Albany to be repaired and refurbished. Heavy earthmovers Marine vehicles and weapons crates are flowing into and out of the base.

Trains loaded down with trucks many from Iraq pulled into base storage yards. Dozens of tractor trailer rigs lined up outside the base gates early Tuesday morning to make deliveries.

Officials say as Marine operations in Iraq wind down tons of equipment is being shipped back to Albany for repair. Meanwhile equipment bound for Afghanistan is also being readied for shipment.

"Certainly until the decision is made about our engagement in Afghanistan, we will be a very busy operation. Certainly after that based on the timeline to reset our forces, then we'll be working on a lot of equipment to get that repaired and back out," said Douglas Anderson of the Distribution Management Center.

Some roads at the base have been closed to traffic as equipment is stored on them because all the regular storage parking lots are full.

Right now the maintenance center at the base has 1,900 civilian employees and contractors working on this load of equipment.

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