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Lee A. Grant, center, is presented with a 50-year Length of Service award by Col. Kirk M. Spangenberg, right, commanding officer, MDMC, and Vincent M. Hutcherson, left, deputy commander, MDMC during an awards ceremony held at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga., Jan. 27.

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Marine Depot Employee Celebrates Golden Jubilee

1 Feb 2023 | By Rodney Bearman Marine Corps Logistics Command

Lee. A. Grant was recognized for a rare accomplishment when he received his 50 year length of service award in a ceremony last week at Marine Depot Maintenance Command (MDMC). 
Grant is civilian-Marine employed at MDMC’s Production Plant-Albany on Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga.  
Grant began his federal service in 1972 when he volunteered to join the U.S. Army.  Following his discharge two years later he began working at the Marine Corps' Depot.  
Born and raised in Albany Ga., Grant graduated from Monroe High School in 1970.  
When asked to reflect on his life in service to our Nation, Grant said, “Working for the service, the Marine Corps is a great choice.” He added, “I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about a career.”  
Over the last 50 years, Grant has witnessed many changes in the workplace.  “No computers were in use when I started here, now we are fully automated and computers are everywhere.”  
The career path Grant has taken serves as a testament to hard work and dedication. “I began work at the Depot as a general helper in 1976, learning skilled trades, becoming a machine operator and eventually machine shop supervisor,” explained Grant. 
Grant, who was joined in the celebration by his family, made brief remarks to the assembled crowd saying, “I am thankful to be able to continue to work, and this continues to be a great tour of duty because I love what I do and the people I work with.” 
When asked about the future Grant chuckled and answered, “What everyone wants to know is, when will I retire? I tell everyone that I have no plans to retire.”  After a moment of reflection Grant answered, “As long as I am healthy and strong, I will keep working. I love what I do, and I love this place.”  
Headquartered at Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, Ga., MDMC is the Marine Corps’ ground equipment maintenance depot, and consists of two production plants, one in Albany, Ga., and one in Barstow, Calif. 


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