Flyby: Sgt. Phillip J. McCleveland

II Marine Expeditionary Force
Story by Lance Cpl. Victor A. Arriaga

Date: 12.05.2013
Posted: 12.05.2013 09:42
News ID: 117763
Flyby: Sgt. Phillip J. McCleveland

Job Title: Jet engine mechanic <br /> Unit: Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14 <br /> Age: 27 <br /> Hometown: Oklahoma City<br /> Date Joined: Oct. 12, 2004 <br /> <br /> Sgt. Phillip J. McCleveland works as a jet engine mechanic for Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14. <br /> <br /> Working on the J-52 jet engine, which powers the EA-6B Prowler, McCleveland finds his duties both challenging and rewarding. After eight years, McCleveland personally feels the J-52 is the most difficult learn. <br /> <br /> “I think the J-52 engine is the hardest engine to work on military wide,” said McCleveland. “I’ve been doing this for more than eight years and I still learn new things about it every day.” <br /> <br /> According to McCleveland, the most challenging aspect of his job is also his favorite. <br /> <br /> “I love troubleshooting the challenges that arise and figuring out what’s wrong with engines when they need to be repaired,” said McCleveland. “There are a lot of different challenges but it makes us well-rounded. It’s like playing with one big Lego.” <br /> <br /> Making mission, leading Marines and repairing engines is all part of what McCleveland does to support the mission of MALS-14 and 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. <br /> <br /> “Making sure everything goes well is part of what we do every day,” said McCleveland. “Even when we have a lot of new challenges that show up we still do it because that’s our job and we have to support the squadrons and make our mission.”