Base sergeant major prepares for Horn of Africa duty, reflects on MCLB Albany tour
Public Affairs Specialist
After spending nearly three decades as a Marine, Sgt. Maj. Scott Mykoo, sergeant major, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, finally gets his dream assignment.
Following multiple aviation billets, Mykoo assumed his role as the base sergeant major July 18, 2008, with quality of life issues for Marines as his top priority.
A post and relief ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 20 at 9 a.m. at Schmid Field in front of Building 3500.
Mykoo, a Bronx, N.Y., native, joined the Marine Corps in 1982 and arrived at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., on Jan. 14, his birthday.
Since becoming a Marine, he has dreamed of going to Africa. He will now have that chance when he reports to the Combined Joint Task Force in the Horn of Africa, Sept. 15.
According to www.hoa.africom.mil, CJTF-HOA is comprised of service members from each U.S. military branch who build relationships and counter violent extremism in several countries throughout the eastern Horn of Africa such as Sudan, Kenya, Yemen, Somalia and others.
One MCLB Albany leader who works daily with Mykoo praised his achievements here during his two-year tour.
“Sergeant Major Mykoo has had an enormous impact on the overall functioning of this base,” said Col. Terry V. Williams, commanding officer, MCLB Albany. “Given this challenging environment, he has really done an exceptional job on gauging the pulse of the morale in this command. The Single Marine Program is one of many that Mykoo has championed here.”
Williams said Mykoo has especially impacted the junior Marines and went above and beyond the call of duty to enhance the single Marines’ quality of life.
As Mykoo prepares to leave MCLB Albany, he discussed his dream assignment.
“I will be going to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, a small desert country in the Horn of Africa and will be assigned to the Combined Joint Task Force, which is part of U.S. Africa Command,” he said. “I will be there for one year on an unaccompanied tour as the command senior enlisted. I will be one of a few Marine sergeants major assigned to a joint command. I am very fortunate to be selected for this assignment and was personally interviewed by a Navy rear admiral, whom I will work for.”
According to Williams, Mykoo’s Horn of Africa assignment is an immense opportunity for the sergeant major’s career.
Mykoo will not only be working at the flag-level but in a joint and deployed environment.
“This is great for the Marine Corps and great for him,” Williams said. “He is the perfect man for the job and we will definitely miss him.”
Upon completion of this assignment, Mykoo will have close to 30 years in the Marine Corps and is not sure where he will go next.
“If there is a position available that will allow me to remain on active duty longer than that, then I will pursue it. It has been a lifetime dream to go to Africa, but to go and serve as a Marine and with all of the (other) services is both an honor and a privilege, and I don’t take it lightly,” he said.
Sgt. Maj. Scott Mykoo, sergeant major, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, peruses U.S. Africa Command’s Web site. He is scheduled to report to the Horn of Africa for a one-year tour, Sept. 15.