MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (Jan. 19) --
Lance Cpl. Jereme E. Jones is a mechanic for Marine Light Attack Squadron 467. He is part of the “phase” shop, meaning every helicopter he works on is completely stripped down and rebuilt.
This process can involve a lot of stress, considering all the nuts and bolts deep in the crevices of the machines that can barely be reached but still need to be replaced.
The other part of his job is that of “plane captain” for helicopters on takeoff. For the pilots, there has to be another set of eyes checking over the aircraft and certifying them safe to fly. His job is to check and double-check everything to make sure the flight is certified as safe.
With the maintenance provided by Jones and Marines like him, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing helicopters can stay in the fight.