MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT -- Job Title: Combat Videographer
Unit: Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron
Hometown: Allen, Texas
DATE JOINED: MARCH 23, 2009
The stereotypical image of a Marine has become that of an infantryman in combat or a pilot dropping supplies to troops, but without the support of combat videographers, the public would not know nearly as much about a wide array of duties and actions of Marines today.
Cpl. Hector L. Dejesus, a combat videographer with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, said he chose his job because other combat videographers’ work changed his view of the military. This made him want to impact others in the same way. He said he also wants people to understand the importance of his job.
“As combat videographers, our sole job in the Marine Corps is to document and archive all Marine Corps activities from boot camp all the way up to grunt units,” said Dejesus.
Producing local commander’s access channel television shows
“Commander’s Corner” and “Under the Radar,” creating commercials and printing posters to pass on information in an entertaining way are challenging aspects of the job, said Dejesus. His favorite part though, is documenting activities and training Marines on the air station. He said he thinks it is cool to get a taste of every aspect of the Marine Corps without having to be in any particular military occupational specialty.
Although he finds it challenging at times to edit videos and come up with fresh, creative ideas, Dejesus said he enjoys his job and is looking forward to learning more and advancing his career.
“SIT DOWN AND ACTUALLY LEARN YOUR CRAFT AND DEVELOP IT,” SAID DEJESUS. “DON’T BE RESTRICTED TO WHAT YOUR JOB IS, STEP OUTSIDE THE BOX.”