MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. --
Roy Ashburn, California state senator of the 18th District, visited the Combat Center to get a better idea of base life Nov. 29.
Several other representatives, including Rex Moen, the senator’s aid, several others from Copper Mountain College, Marine Corps Community Services and some small businesses, joined the senator.
The group met at the Battle Command Center classroom, where Jim Ricker, G-5 director, gave a brief and showed a slide show of the operations, training, programs and organizations on base as lunch was served.
After the brief, the group transported to the Exercise Support Division motor pool on the main side of base for a tour.
There, several military vehicles sat on display with knowledgeable Marines standing in front of them to give information and answer questions.
The static display included an up-armored humvee, a 7-ton truck, an M1A1 Abram maine battle tank, a Light-Armored Vehicle and an Amphibious Assault Vehicle.
ESD, which won the 2005 Logistics Unit of the Year by Marine Corps Ground Logistics Award Board, is responsible for providing support to training units aboard the Combat Center by means of issuing, repairing, and maintaining equipment and supplies for the Tactical Training and Exercise Control Group, the unit responsible for training Marines and sailors in Mojave Viper.
Ashburn, who was elected senator five years ago, serves as a chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Defense and Aerospace Industry, according to his biography on his Web site,http://republican.sen.ca.gov.
Ashburn is well known for his legislative highlights including after-school day care funding, ideas on reducing crime and fighting to protect communities from the devastating effects of military base closures, according to the Web site.
“This military base is extraordinarily important to our nation as far as I’m concerned,” said Ashburn. “It would be wrong for me to come here to the desert area without first coming to the military base and saying thanks to the extraordinary people who work and train on this base. This base was first and foremost on my list.”
“I appreciate the base commander and his staff for the hospitality and to the men and women who work so hard,” said Ashburn. “It’s the work of freedom and it is greatly appreciated by me and the people I represent.”
For those interested in finding out more information on where Ashburn stands on state issues, go to his Web site or to the American Chronicle Web site, which features many articles he has written.