News: Lance Cpl. Lucille D. Bednarski
Story by Pfc. Victor A. Arriaga
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. -
Job Title: Embarkation specialist
Unit: Marine Attack Squadron 542
Hometown: Culpeper, Va.
DATE JOINED: AUG. 13, 2012
In order for a deployment to run smoothly, Lance Cpl. Lucille D. Bednarski must ensure that all supplies, equipment, and paperwork are ready to go when the time comes for them to leave.
The embarkation specialist’s main duty is to prepare supplies and equipment for embarkation and perform various force deployment and execution functions.
“If someone tasks me with something, I try to get it done as fast as I can,” said Bednarski. “I’m just doing my everyday job.”
Bednarski, who is still fresh in the Corps, has only been in the fleet for seven months and is standing above and beyond her peers, said Staff Sgt. Michael N. Czerniak, the communications chief with VMA-542.
“She’s been the primary workforce for the last four detachments we’ve sent out,” said Czerniak. “It’s been all her lately making sure that all the detachments run smoothly. She has been doing a great job.”
Bednarski’s exceptional work ethic and drive to do well led to her being recognized as Marine of the Quarter for the third quarter of fiscal year 2013.
“I was surprised when I heard about receiving the award,” she said. “However, I was really excited when I found out I was going to get my own parking spot.”
Bednarski was nominated by VMA-542s sergeant major and was selected ahead of her peers for the award.
“I guess I was doing a good job and doing what I was supposed to do because I got it,” said Bednarski.
As a driving force behind making things happen in her squadron, Bednarski continues to push herself.
“She works hard every day," said Czerniak.