I am an United States Marine Corps trained professional and a combat veteran with 9 years of experience in the communications field. Communication experience include ranging from HF (High Frequency) to SHF (Super High Frequency) broadband equipment and data systems operations. I have operated in various environments and have been stationed to work in Camp Pendleton, California; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Okinawa, Japan and Current Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
During my 9 years of employment through the United States Marine Corps, I have received 3 Good Conduct medals as a result of displaying excellent proficiency and conduct. 3 Letters of Appreciation for volunteering to be a staff instructor in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Course in Virginia Beach Virginia. Earned 1 Certificate of Appreciation for Utilizing Very High Frequency (VHF) and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) to talk from the ground to a Marine UH-1 Huey Helicopter for a Christmas Party display in Camp Pendleton California in December of 2008 during Operation Santa's Landing for the children in the area.
I am an Instructor Cadre of the MARSOC Network Operators Course (MNOC). This course enables Marines of United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) whether Critical Skills Operator (CSO) or a Communications Marine going through the Special Operations Capable Specialty Communicator Pipeline or (SOCS-C) to operate on classified SOCOM satellite nodes, communication equipment and Channels. I am a Marine Corps 8071 SOCS-C certified Marine who has completed the pipeline training through this command and I am currently in this community where I teach classes and ensure each and every student is good to pass the course.
In Okinawa Japan I would assume responsibility as a Radio Chief of 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, Alpha Company, 1st Platoon. I would ensure all communications equipment, frequencies and channels were fully operational for all the Reconnaissance men in my platoon. This will ensure the team leaders of all the teams in the platoon were able to communicate successfully ensuring successful insertion and extraction of all missions. In late October, I would report back to Headquarters Company where I will be in the Communications Platoon serving as 1 of 4 Radio Supervisors, I would supervise Marines as they conduct maintenance and operate on radio equipment and as they installed into tactical vehicles to ensure they knew how to operate the radio equipment with the vehicles in a safe and orderly manner to prevent injury or loss of Marine and equipment. I would also give classes to companies of Reconnaissance Marines on Communication equipment to make sure they grasped the concept on operating all radio equipment in lieu of future training missions and operations.
I was the Radio Chief at MACS-24 which indicated supervision and professional development of all reserve Marines under my charge. I lead 20 Marines and ensured MOS training, physical training, field training and safety standards were being met as much as possible. I wrote 22 classes, taught 15 classes to ensure the growth of proficiency of my men and their equipment. I also set up radio communication nets for 3 aircraft landing missions to ensure safe landing of the helicopters and the safety of the Marines on the ground. In addition to these responsibilities I would be very active in the Toys for Tots program, Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Course and veteran funeral details where I would be a riflemen for 7 veteran funerals.
During provided time as a radio operator I have operated in a Communications Battalion with High Frequency, Very High Frequency with the Single Channel Ground Air Radio Systems (SINCGARS), Ultra High Frequency with Multi-channel equipment transmission and Satellite communication equipment throughout Camp Pendleton, California for my pre-deployment certification training for the Operation Iraqi Freedom 05-07 tours of combat for 2 Combat tours from February 2006 to February 2007 where I have taken part in combat operations throughout Iraq as a communicator on Civil Military Operation and Force Protection Elements. This will earn my my first Combat Action Ribbon, 1 Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and 2 Iraqi Campaign Medals. Shortly after returning from that 1 year, 2 tour deployment, I would move on to a Marine Expeditionary Unit where I would operate more advanced Multi-Band equipment and conduct pre-deployment certification training throughout Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California; Fort Hunter Liggett, California; Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California; Fort Irwin, California; Twenty-nine Palms, California; and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in preparation for WESTPAC 08-02 from May 4, 2008 to November 3, 2008. During this time I deployed on the Naval Vessel USS Peleliu (LHA-5) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom WESTPAC 08-02 where I would be promoted to Sergeant at the end of the float.
During this period I attended United States Marine Corps Basic Training in Parris Island, South Carolina from June 29, 2004 to September 24, 2004 which taught basic Marine Corps close order drill, physical training, combat training (both Marine Corps Martial Arts hand to hand and M-16 with Bayonet), survival swimming, knowledge and Dialect.
From October 4, 2004 to October 26, 2004 I attended Marine Combat Training in Marine Corps Base Installations Camp Lejeune, Camp Gieger. Where I learned basic combat skills such as land navigation, combat shooting, grenade throwing, fortifying a combat position and basic radio operation procedures and etiquette. From October 27, 2004 to April 12, 2005 I attended my Military Occupational Specialty School; Marine Corps Communication Electronics School, located in Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twenty-Nine Palms California. Here I would attempt the Basic Electronics Course and learn the basics of my craft of becoming a Field Radio Operator. As a result of this baseline training, I would become a valuable member of the Fleet Marine Force.
Graduated top 10% of my class.
Became a Marine on September 24, 2004.
The completion of this Special Operation Capable Specialty training makes me a SOCS-C (Special Operations Capable Specialty Communicator), Additional Military Occupational Specialty designator 8071, for the United States Marine Corps. The billet that is held after this 7 month training is a Special Duty Assignment relevant to MARSOC (Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command) This unit membership is adjacent in the United States Special Operations Command to Navy SEALS, Army RANGERS etc.
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