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Lance Cpl. Abdourahaman Diakite poses for the camera during a shoot May 21 at Cherry Point. Diakite won Marine of the Quarter for the 2nd quarter and is a seat mechanic with Marine Attack Squadron 542.

Photo by Pfc. Victor A. Arriaga


23 May 2013 | Pfc. Victor A. Arriaga

Being an anchor for a team can put a lot of pressure on an individual. However, for Lance Cpl. Abdourahaman Diakite, being the anchor in his military occupational specialty is his favorite aspect of the job.

The seat mechanic for Marine Attack Squadron 542 understands that he is the last stop before Marines take flight.

Diakite’s job has him working on ejection seats, cooling equipment, radar systems and pressurization of the AV-8B Harrier cockpits.

Diakite said he tries to learn as much as he can about other jobs in his squadron, so he is more knowledgeable about his own.

 “With my job, I can cross-train with any other MOS that works on a Harrier, and no other MOS can do that,” said Diakite.

His perseverance and thirst for knowledge got him noticed by 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing when he was named the 2nd MAW Marine of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2013.

“I just try to help people out and go above and beyond,” said Diakite, who is scheduled to be promoted to corporal next month.

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point