News: FLY BY: LANCE CPL. DANIEL HERNANDEZ
Story by Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - FLY BY: LANCE CPL. DANIEL HERNANDEZ
Job Title: Cryogenics Technician
Unit: Marine Aviation Logistics
Hometown: Moreno Valley, Calif.
DATE JOINED: OCTOBER 2009
Lance Cpl. Daniel Hernandez spends his days converting the natural air we breathe into liquid oxygen and liquid nitrogen.
These two elements are an essential part of everyday life aboard the air station and are used by all of its aviation units, said the cryogenics technician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14.
Hernandez said liquid oxygen feeds pilots’ oxygen masks during flight, while liquid nitrogen is a source for nitrogen gas used in tires, struts, canopies and even in missile tubes.
“WHEN I AM ASKED WHAT I DO IN THE MARINE CORPS, NO ONE KNOWS WHAT CRYOGENICS IS,” SAID HERNANDEZ. “THAT IS ONE OF THE MOST FUN PARTS OF MY JOB, EXPLAINING THE SCIENCE AND PROCEDURES BEHIND WHAT I DO. I ALSO TAKE PRIDE IN THE FACT THAT MY JOB HAS A GREAT IMPACT ON THE MARINES ABOARD THIS AIR STATION AND THE MISSION OF 2ND MARINE AIRCRAFT WING.”