Production Plant Albany’s motto says it all: “What YOU do is IMPORTANT. Every day a MARINE’S LIFE will depend on it!”
Marine Depot Maintenance Command is the Marine Corps’ ground combat equipment maintenance depot; it is headquartered in Albany, Georgia, and Barstow, California.
MDMC supports the Marine Corps and other customers with the repair of ground-combat and combat-support equipment. As a subordinate command and integral part of Marine Corps Logistics command, MDMC provides critical support to the equipment used in overseas contingency operations.
With a diverse workforce of more than 2,300 civilians, contractors and active-duty Marines, MDMC concurrently works more than 400 production lines at once, producing more than 12,000 pieces of equipment annually. As the Marine Corps’ organic depot maintenance provider, MDMC provides depot-level maintenance, rebuilds and repairs, engineering, manufacturing and other technical services to maximize readiness and sustainability of ground weapons systems and equipment to include assault vehicles, combat vehicles, ordnance systems, small arms, automotive vehicles, engineering equipment and secondary repairables.
Marine Depot Maintenance Command’s staff also provides calibration support and inspect-and-repair-only-as-necessary support to various Marine Corps customers, as well as prepares for shipment and care-in-store support to remote storage activities.
More than 80 percent of its workforce is cross-trained to work in more than one commodity area. With this type of diversity, the workload can be adjusted literally overnight to meet the mission-critical requirements.
Marine Depot Maintenance Command’s multi-commodity maintenance concept works — it is responsive to the Marine Corps’ requirement, it is paid for with less than 4 percent of the total Department of Defense dollars dedicated to depot maintenance and is an integral part of the nation’s 9-1-1 force-in-readiness.
Production Plant Albany, formerly known as Maintenance Center Albany, was established Feb. 1, 1954, as the Repair Branch, Marine Corps Depot of Supplies, Albany, Georgia, and began repair production Oct. 1, 1954.
On July 1, 1956, the name changed to Repair Division, and during July 1968, it became an Industrial Fund Activity, which meant it operated its business using the financial principles and practices commonly found in the private sector.
During the 1960s and 1970s, Repair Division provided significant support to Marine Forces worldwide, including the Vietnam conflict. Maintenance Center Albany received a Meritorious Unit Commendation in August 2004 for providing more than 1 million pounds of armor kits for vehicles involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Today, the command continues to accomplish a variety of innovative projects and support activities. Other notables include:
- 2004 — Meritorious Unit Commendation from the Secretary of the Navy for providing, under cost and under budget, more than 1 million armor kits for vehicles involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- 2005 — Secretary of Defense Robert T. Mason Award for Depot Maintenance Excellence. This prestigious award recognized the organization for outstanding maintenance contributions within the Department of Defense.
- 2006 — Marine Logistics Unit of the Year.
- 2007 — Second award, Robert T. Mason Award for its design and prototyping effort of several Marine Corps requirements.
- 2008 — Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization’s Achievement Award, which represents the best organization in improving efficiencies in production facilities.
- 2008 and 2009 — Joint Depot Maintenance Excellence Award (Individual).
- 2009 — Robert E. Fox Award for Management Excellence.
- 2009 — Marine Corps Merit Award for Safety.
- 2010 — Excellence in Innovation.
- 2010 — Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission award for Excellence in Innovation.
- 2010 — Office of Secretary of Defense Continuous Process Improvement Award.
- 2010 and 2012 — Georgia Department of Economic Development Manufacturer of the Year.
- 2011 — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Award.
- 2011 — Marine Corps Continuous Process Improvement Excellence Award.
- 2014 — Marine Corps Ground Safety Award.
- 2015 — A third Robert T. Mason Award, this one for the Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment Program. MDMC is the only Depot in the Department of Defense to win this prestigious award three times.