Story by Lance Cpl. Grace L. Waladkewics
SGT. ERIK J. BERGER
Job Title: Data Network Operator
Unit: Marine Air Control Squadron 2
Hometown: Detroit, Mich.
DATE JOINED: April 12, 2009
DETROIT - As a data network specialist, Sgt. Erik D. Berger maintains computer software and hardware systems for Marine Air Control Squadron 2.
Berger, a Detroit native, keeps fellow Marines connected to the internet and Marine Corps data networks.
“My job is absolutely crucial to the Marine Corps because without [data network specialists], Marines couldn't communicate with all the different entities they need to,” said Berger.
Consistency and dedication are the keys to success, said Berger. Not giving up when troubleshooting a problem and being able to see a problem through from conception to completion are part of what makes a data network specialist successful.
“No two problems are the same in this job,” said Berger. “What we provide is always different; it’s extremely fluid.”
As the first in his family to join any branch of service, the 23-year-old said he has always loved computers, so working with computers in the Corps seemed like the right choice.
Berger mentors 26 corporals in his squadron, training them to lead the Marines under their charge.
Berger sets the example as a leader, filling the roles of platoon sergeant and color sergeant for the squadron.
“I love being able to interact with the Marines in my platoon, watching them come in with an idea and see them grow and change,” said Berger. “I want my genuine love for the Marine Corps to help my Marines to develop their own genuine interest in the Marine Corps and in their [military occupational specialty].”