MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
Cpl. Christopher A. Burke spent most of his four-year career studying and working to earn his qualification as a collateral duty assurance representative – the highest qualification a UH-1N Huey and AH-1 Super Cobra maintainer can receive.
"To be a [quality assurance representative] I have to have a thorough understanding of aircraft systems and capabilities," said Burke. Burke supervises more than 40 helicopter maintenance Marines in his section and monitors day-to-day maintenance tasks and flight schedule support. He said he has to know everything going on in his section and every maintenance action that is occurring at all times.
"If something happens while an aircraft is 'turning' on the flight line I have to go out and troubleshoot the issue," said Burke. "It takes a certain level of knowledge to do what I do."
"There is a different obstacle to tackle every day because it is so fast-paced here," said Burke. "It keeps me on my toes."