ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Marine Corps Logistics Base has a special connection to the Recruiting Depot Station on Parris Island, South Carolina.
MCLB houses the Marine Corps Logistics command which enhances the readiness and capabilities of Marines around the world.
Since 1952, the base has played an integral role in the community.
In the event of destructive weather, the base serves as a safe haven for male and female recruits in bootcamp at Parris Island.
Last year during Hurricane Matthew, 6,000 evacuees were sent to MCLB to continue their bootcamp training and drills until they were given clearance to return.
MCLB also gets new Marines from all occupation specialties to continue their hands-on training.
"We're excited to continue that transformation that started from the first time a Marine first met a recruiter that continued on through recruit training that continues through his or her first duty station," said U.S. Marine Corps Colonel, MCLB Commanding Officer James Carroll.
"I've been able to apply all of them. Like customs and courtesies, like good afternoon, good morning, good evening. And my other skills like the shooting range, they teach us how to shoot," said U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal, MCLB Admin Specialist.
The base has an economic impact of more than $1.5 billion in Southwest Georgia.
This is the final report on Re-Essa Buckels's series on how Marines are made.
You can watch all of her stories here.
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