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October 23, 2013 

Weapons Systems Management Center Director, Lyndia þÄúSueþÄù Wright recently retires after a successful and accomplished career of 36 years of civil service.

SGT. BRANDON L. SAUNDERS

Byron woman retires after nearly four decades

Byron resident Lyndia “Sue” Wright, the first black woman to hold executive positions with Marine Corps Logistics Command, retired in October after 36 years of civil service.

She began her career in 1975 and was director of the Weapons Systems Management Center when she retired, according to the Marine Corps website.

“For Marine Corps Logistics Command, I was the first African-American female GS-14 and GS-15,” Wright said in a story on the website. “That gave me another incentive to go the extra mile and ensure the legacy I would leave would be that others have opportunities in the future.”

Her accolades include a Commendation for Meritorious Civilian Service, a Special Congressional Recognition, and Marine Corps Logistics Command’s 2011 Executive of the Year award, the website states.

“Sue is an icon in our field and is known throughout the Corps as the ‘go to’ person for the tough issues,” Michael T. Madden, executive deputy at Marine Corps Logistics Command, said in the story on the website. “She is a joy to work with, always positive and always has a viable, creative way ahead. Logistics Command has been successful because of her efforts.”

AAUW gears up for Used Book Sale

The Houston-Peach branch of the American Association of University Women will hold its Used Book Sale at the Houston Mall this week.

A sneak preview is planned for 5-9 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $5 for the first hour, but after that, admission is free. The book sale will continue with free admission 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Saturday there will be a half-price sale.

Proceeds go to support Reading is Fundamental in elementary schools and other community projects, according to a news release.

Optimist Club selling Reverse Raffle tickets

The International City Optimist Club will hold its 13th annual Reverse Raffle on Saturday at the Central Georgia Board of Realtors.

Only 300 tickets will be sold for a chance to win $10,000 cash, according to an event flier. A $100 ticket admits two to the event and includes a filet mignon dinner with sides, desserts and drinks. There also will be a sports memorabilia silent auction, jewelry silent auction, door prizes, music and a cash bar.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the raffle starts at 7 p.m. The Central Georgia Board of Realtors is located at 508 Osigian Blvd. in Warner Robins. For tickets, contact John Rood at 478-955-8765. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

Proceeds benefit the youth of Houston County, according to the flier.

-- Staff reports

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