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    Fly By: Pfc. Josh N. Villalobos

    Fly By: Pfc. Josh N. Villalobos

    Photo By Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom | Pfc. Josh N. Villalobos replaces the locking screws of the propeller engine door on a...... read more read more

    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, NC, UNITED STATES

    04.24.2013

    Story by Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom 

    II Marine Expeditionary Force

    Pfc. Josh N. Villalobos
    Job Title: Powerline Mechanic
    Unit: Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252
    Age: 19
    Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
    Date Joined: April 23, 2012

    Pfc. Josh N. Villalobos spends mornings working hard preparing a behemoth of an aircraft for its daily duties.

    Villalobos is a KC-130J Hercules powerline mechanic with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252.

    It is his job to maintain and fix anything and everything that has to do with three vital pieces of the aircraft – propellers, engines and fuel lines.

    He conducts daily checks over all three systems each morning.

    Villalobos, a Cincinnati, Ohio, native, said the powerline Marines aren’t like other mechanics who deal with the whole aircraft.

    “Powerline deals with specifics. We have a lot of different moving parts we have to deal with and maintain,” he said.

    Villalobos said he loves working on the KC-130J and thrives on the challenges it presents.

    “In the absence of this aircraft, the boots on the ground and the pilots in the air wouldn’t be able to conduct the missions they do,” said Villalobos. “We are a vital lifeline for the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.”

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    Date Taken: 04.24.2013
    Date Posted: 04.24.2013 16:19
    Story ID: 105772
    Location: MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, NC, US 
    Hometown: CINCINNATI, OH, US

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