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New Marine Base Commander takes charge

June 19, 2006

Dougherty County -- A change of command at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany. With pomp and ceremony, Colonel Christian Haliday was handed the Marine banner, symbolizing his taking the job as the base commander.

A 22-year Marine veteran, Colonel Haliday comes to Albany after commanding NATO Forces in Germany. Colonel John Lopez is leaving after two years as Albany base commander for duty at Camp Pendleton.

He could soon be leading Marine forces in Iraq, and Lopez says the support from the Albany base will continue to help fight the war on terror. Lopez said "This base is well positioned to be here well into the 21st Century."

 Haliday said "This is sort of the foundation of support, the heavy support. What I like to call the heavy support comes from and spreads out through the Marine Corps."

Colonel Lopez and the Albany Marine Base were saluted for their service housing Marines from Pensacola during three hurricane evacuations.

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