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Corps downsizing won't hurt MCLB

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Col. Terry Williams says MCLB could see some interesting opportunities for growth. Col. Terry Williams says MCLB could see some interesting opportunities for growth.

Good and bad news for the Marine Corps Logistics Base. The Marine Corps is downsizing, and will cut its forces by 20,000 but it appears the more work could come to the Albany base soon.

Part of the reset for Logistics Command will mean more containers of supplies arriving in Albany for retooling.

Col. Terry Williams says the Marine Corps will be getting smaller, but he says MCLB could see some interesting opportunities for growth.

Williams let the community know the Marine Corps is preparing for some big changes over the next few years, including cutting their active and reserve forces by about 20,000 Marines.

"The Commandant has directed that we do it in a slow fashion, no more than 5,000 marines a year and it will be by normal attrition," Williams said.

Cuts will come across the Corps. they've already affected Albany's Marine band and more units could be cut.

"We do have some units that are being cut, combat units and so that's why it's so important to understand, when the band did get cut it wasn't done willie-nillie."

When it comes to possible Base Realignment and Closure, Williams said no details have been explained yet, but he did have promising news about future projects for the Logistics Command at the base. The reset could bring more than 3,000 containers to the base as it did several years ago, full of equipment to be retooled.

"Just like we did when we did the part for Iraq, you'll see some containers coming in some more vehicles coming in."

MCLB Albany is also slated for some big energy saving projects at the base, beyond what they've already done with the landfill gas project.

"We're doing a geothermal heat pump and people are doing that in the United States but what makes that different is we've applied a geothermal exchange where we're storing the geothermal within the system unlike what we do now, where we just run the systems and get what we can."

They're also working with Albany State University on a biomass project that would take biomass and convert it into bio-diesel that could be used in vehicles on base. 

Col. Williams also revealed he's been reassigned in Washington D.C. and will leave the base in May. He has been the commanding officer at MCLB for nearly three years. The Pentagon has not announced his replacement.

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