MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
Every time he hops in the cockpit of an aircraft to perform safe for flight inspections, Lance Cpl. John A. Berghuis, a helicopter mechanic with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467 ,said he inspects every nook and cranny, touching everything before clearing the aircraft for flight.
“There is a sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with this job,” he said. “How many 20-year-olds can say they inspect helicopters before flight?”
As of now, Berghuis is qualified to troubleshoot and perform maintenance on the squadron’s AH-1W Super Cobras and UH-1N Hueys.
The mechanic said he looks forward to completing his qualifications to work on the UH-1Ys the squadron recently added to their aircraft inventory. Although there is a vast amount of knowledge Berghuis has to know about the new platform, he said he has a good foundation because he knows everything about the other platforms.
“There is a lot of responsibility that comes with this job,” he said. “I just hope to keep progressing while learning more and more every day.”