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    Fly By: Pfc. Elliott L. Vickers

    Fly By: Pfc. Elliott L. Vickers

    Photo By Sgt. J. R. Heins | Pfc. Elliott L. Vickers trains on the hose of their emergency vehicle Nov. 19 at...... read more read more

    MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, NC, UNITED STATES

    11.21.2013

    Story by Lance Cpl. J. R. Heins 

    II Marine Expeditionary Force

    PFC. ELLIOTT L. VICKERS
    Job Title: Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting specialist
    Unit: Marine Wing Support Squadron 272
    Age: 19
    Hometown: Thomasville, N.C.
    DATE JOINED: JAN. 14, 2013

    CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Pfc. Elliott L. Vickers joined the Marine Corps January 14, 2013, leading to his role as an Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting specialist with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272.

    “My job is important to me because if pilots go down, they rely on us to save them,” said Vickers. “That gives me proof I’m giving back.”

    A normal day for him consists of checking vehicles, studying knowledge, and conducting drills to build his ability to operate the P-19 fire fighting truck and other tools of the trade, he said.

    “Learning all of the different knowledge is the most challenging part,” said Vickers. “We need to know how to operate our own equipment along with the differences between all the aircraft on the station.”

    Knowledge is the key to advancing within his military occupational specialty, he said.

    "I'm really focusing on how I can improve myself right now," said the Thomasville, N.C., native. "Getting a chance to get to know everyone is the best part - being a part of the world's greatest fraternal brotherhood."

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    Date Taken: 11.21.2013
    Date Posted: 11.21.2013 09:10
    Story ID: 117138
    Location: MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, NC, US 
    Hometown: THOMASVILLE, NC, US

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