News: Marine Depot Maintenance Command changes hands
Story by Sgt. Brandon Saunders
ALBANY, Ga. - Col. Stephen A. Medeiros relinquished command of Marine Depot Maintenance Command to Col. Jeffrey Q. Hooks during a change-of-command ceremony Aug. 1 at Boyett Park aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany.
Medeiros took command of MDMC in 2011 and was instrumental in the consolidation of Marine Corps Logistics Command’s maintenance centers in Albany, Ga., and Barstow, Calif., which created MDMC.
Maj. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow, commanding general, Marine Corps Logistics Command, began the ceremony with opening remarks, welcoming Hooks aboard and bidding farewell to Medeiros.
“To Colonel Jeff Hooks, you’re the right man to take this command due to your previous experience at (Marine Corps Logistics Command),” Broadmeadow said. “You have a true operational focus in the Marine Corps and I look forward to working with you."
“I want to say thank you to Colonel Steve Medeiros and I’m sorry we weren’t able to work together for more than just four days,” Broadmeadow added. “I wish you all the best.”
MDMC is responsible for the production, retrograde and distribution of more than 400 types of ground and combat equipment used in the Marine Corps and other government services.
Hooks is now responsible for carrying out that mission and overseeing the production plants in Albany, Ga., and Barstow, Calif.
Hooks recently deployed and served as the assistant chief of staff G4, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), and assistant chief of staff C4, Regional Command Southwest, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, before reporting for duty as the commander of MDMC.
“I don’t believe that you can get to this position without a whole lot of good Marines, civilian-Marines and other folks you meet along the way,” Hooks said. “I’m glad to be here and I look forward to serving with you all."
“It’s great to be back in the Albany community,” Hooks added. “It’s like coming home.”
Following the change-of-command and passing of battle streamers, Medeiros retired from the Marine Corps after more than 28 years of faithful service.
The retiring official for the ceremony was Maj. Gen. Charles L. Hudson, commanding general, Marine Corps Installations Pacific.
Hudson recently relinquished command of MCLC and flew from Okinawa, Japan, to bid farewell to Medeiros and present him with the Legion of Merit, gold star in lieu of second award, for his exemplary service while in command.
After addressing those in attendance, Medeiros took the opportunity to address the incoming commander and his wife personally.
“Jeff and Lori, we’ve done what we can do and we pass this to you,” Medeiros said. “We wish you fair winds, following seas and good luck.”