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Saturday, May 19, 2012
A career in ordnance means being introduced to munitions platforms involved with aviation. Progression in this military occupational specialty leads ordnance Marines to a more specific brand of munitions to specialize in - fixed wing and rotary wing.
“[The training] after boot camp lasts about eight months,” said Sgt. Chad Kratz, the ammunition stock recording section chief with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron and a Clearfield native.
For ordnance Marines, the first step to completing the mission is accountability of armaments.
“A truck comes in [with ordnance], we inventory the truck then put the paperwork in the system,” said Kratz. “Then when 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing or one of the Marine aviation logistics squadrons request ordnance we can issue it to them and take it out of our inventory.”
After the office portion of the ordnance process, Marines who are in charge of loading and unloading munitions safely unload the inventory and put it into the corresponding bunker called a magazine based on its compatibility with other munitions.
When storing munitions, completing the job is simply not quite enough. It is going to take qualities like knowledge of munitions and its properties.
For every round, missile or pallet these Marines so much as touch, there is a Marine in charge of watching to ensure the task is performed in a safe manner.
“We wear gloves, eye protection and banding just the basic [protective gear],” said Kratz. “After that we ensure [the Marine’s] training is up to date with fork lift classes, explosive drivers’ courses and being mentally and medically capable of performing their duties.”
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