News: Flyby: Sgt. Ryan P. Verdin
Story by Lance Cpl. Cayce Nevers
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Electronic countermeasures systems technicians install, remove, inspect, test, maintain and make repairs to the aircraft electronic countermeasures systems.
Sgt. Ryan P. Verdin, the work center supervisor, oversees that maintenance and paperwork is done correctly. On a daily basis he ensures his Marines know how to maintain the systems.
“I enjoy teaching my junior and fellow Marines how to perform the maintenance on the aircraft’s system,” said Verdin. “Teaching them how to conduct the maintenance is fun for me and most of them enjoy learning the information.”
Verdin helps support the mission of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing on a daily basis by ensuring his Marines know what they are doing.
“We keep the ALQ-99 (electronic warfare system) pods working so that our aircraft can electronically jam frequencies and signals,” said Verdin. “Now that our squadron is a training squadron, our new mission is to train the ECM operators on how to utilize the systems so that they can perform their jobs well when they move to their respective squadrons.”
As a new training squadron, Verdin said the job is much easier here on station than when deployed.
“When we are deployed, the tempo is much faster and maintenance needed is much higher because the systems are utilized to their full potential,” said Verdin.