MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
Being the noncommissioned officer of the quarter implies you have been chosen for rising above your peers. Cpl. Jimmy Moretz, the emergency dispatcher for Marine Air Support Squadron 1, Marine Air Control Group 28, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, and training noncommissioned officer for his platoon in the motor transport section of the squadron has received that honor, Jan. 12.
“I just work hard, set goals and meet them,” said Moretz. “I take pride in my work and am pretty meticulous when it comes to accomplishing tasks.”
MASS-1’s mission is to provide direct air support for the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. Moretz’s role in that mission is to provide ground transportation for the Direct Air Support Center.
“[Motor transport Marines] are the legs of the DASC,” said Moretz.
Initially working strictly on combat vehicles, over time Moretz was promoted and transitioned from underneath the hood of a truck to being in front of a computer.
“At times, I feel like I have more power and influence behind a keyboard than turning a wrench,” said Moretz.
As the emergency dispatcher for the squadron, it is his duty to coordinate missions and ensure the safety of Marines performing the tasks.
“If there’s a mission that needs to be accomplished, let’s say, down in [Marine Corps Base Camp] Lejeune, I’ll dispatch out a truck,” said Moretz. “It’s all on me to ensure the vehicles are safe and Marines know where they’re going and have all their proper personal protective equipment.”
In the span of three months, Moretz dispatched 53 missions for a total of 5,084 accident-free miles, transporting 440,190 pounds of cargo and 223 Passengers.
“Cpl. Moretz demonstrates genuine concern for the Marines welfare, safety, and proficiency,” said Lt. Col. Jeremy S. Winters, the MASS-1 commanding officer. “He has shown an outstanding willingness to contribute to the unit’s mission.”
While serving as the emergency dispatcher, Moretz also filled the training NCO billet and supervised and ensured 10 training and readiness events were completed by 43 Marines resulting in 30 hours of training.
“Corporal Moretz has handled his primary duty as Training NCO and Chief Dispatch with exceptional results,” said Winters. “His command presence and professionalism are exceptional, earning the respect of his juniors, peers, and seniors.”
Moretz’s positive efforts have led him to be awarded as the MASS-1 NCO of the quarter for the period of Oct. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016.
“I try to be that model Marine,” said Moretz. “It shows a good example for my Marines and hopefully they can follow in the same footsteps.”