The sky is literally the limit for an air traffic controller (ATC). From monitoring flight patterns to guiding aircraft on and off the flight line, these Marines are tasked with keeping our pilots safe. U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Laura E. Thompson, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, shares her experience.
“The best part about ATC is the ever-changing day-to-day,” said Thompson. “Every day I’m encountering new situations, learning new information, and making unforgettable memories.
“As I gain experience with this job, I have been given more once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and come face-to-face with some of the most powerful aircraft in the world. Needless to say, my love for aviation has soared. From instructing the local Cherry Point [Unmanned Aircraft System] operator, to releasing special blocks of airspace to fighter jets for dogfighting, target practice, and combat air maneuvers, I have had some incredible experiences.”
According to Thompson, being an ATC in the Marine Corps has allowed her to realize a dream and presents a hopeful outlook for life and career after service.
“When I enlisted, I hoped for a [military occupational specialty] that would positively impact lives, open doors for new opportunities and transfer on to the civilian sector,” she said. “Air traffic control has been all of that and more, and I hope that my learned skills can be an asset to an air traffic control facility in the future.”
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Station Ordnance at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina, supports the installation and tenant commands with military supplies including weapons, ammunition, combat vehicles, and maintenance tools and equipment.
Aircraft, Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) conducted training with newly standardized equipment and gear as a part of the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) service-wide equipment fielding effort at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina April 23, 2021
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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point has been an enabler of a combat-ready, aerial striking force for almost 80 years. The materiel required to sustain mission readiness can be dangerous to the surrounding environment, especially with neighbors such as the Neuse River and the Croatan National Forest. The Environmental Affairs Department (EAD) thus has the mission to keep Cherry Point environmentally compliant.
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