MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
In a squadron that relies on its Marines’ ability to provide communications capabilities any time, anywhere, Pfc. Hunter Brown, an administrative specialist with Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28, takes pride knowing he controls the administrative side of their frequent travel.
When Marines travel on official business, they must first navigate the Defense Travel System. For some, this task is daunting, fraught with pitfalls and written in a language foreign to most Marines.
“I call myself the combat travel agent,” said Brown jokingly. “But the highlight of this job is that I know I keep the Marine Corps moving, and if I can help get Marines to and from their missions, I know it’s worth it.”
Creating permanent or temporary orders takes Brown between five and 10 minutes per Marine, depending on the conditions of each set.
When he checked in, 174 Marines were preparing to depart for Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.
“The worst part of it was I was still learning the job so it took me even longer,” said Brown. “Those were a couple of long days.”
On top of writing the orders, Brown also keeps an eye on government charge card accounts that each Marine uses when traveling.
“Any slip or lack of attention and it’s a huge mess,” he said. “The best way to describe this job is it’s like a levy. I just have to keep plugging the holes so it doesn’t come down on all of us.”