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MARINE CORPS AERIAL STATION BEAUFORT, SC – Since high school, Abraham A. Alvarado has had a passion for electronics and communication, so when he was given the opportunity to pursue his passion through the military, he didn’t did not hesitate to grab it. He chose the Marine Corps not only to further his professional development, but also to make his mother proud.
“I joined the Marine Corps because my mother wanted to be a Marine; however, she couldn’t because I entered the picture. said Alvarado. “She had to focus on me, so I decided to do it for her.”
Cpl. Alvarado’s military professional specialty is 5939, aeronautical communication systems technician. His daily duties include handling and maintaining the AN / MRQ-13. The MRQ, a communications subsystem of the Common Aviation Command and Control System, is a modified Humvee equipped with a hull containing UHF radios, digital switching equipment, antennas and other items essential to mission success. .
“I took career paths in high school: electronics, communications, and engineering,” Alvarado explained. “So they are all perfectly linked with this MOS. “
In March 2020, the unit was conducting an Equipment Modification Instruction, which outlined procedures for removing the shelter from an old Humvee and attaching it to a new one. After making the change, Master Sgt. Maintenance NCO Steven Krugman performed his inspection on the equipment and found it to be satisfactory. After the inspection, the MRQ was moved approximately 50 meters to a new stationary position.
The next day, Cap. Alvarado, who at the time was temporarily assigned to the corporal school, visited his Marines and reviewed the changes. Upon observation, he realized that the bolts and brackets had moved from their original position when the MRQ moved.
“I went ahead and started inspecting it because I’m supervising it, so I wanted to make sure everything was going well,” Alvarado explained. “I inspected it and reported some of the problems to my responsible staff NCO. I told him that we would not be able to use it during the training event as it would put the lives of the Marines in danger.
The MRQ was scheduled to participate in the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course in Yuma, Arizona. Because of the cap. Alvarado’s initiative, attention to detail and primary ownership of his equipment saved him $ 1.6 million in property damage, personal injury and potential loss of life. His findings paved the way for new quality standards and procedures to be implemented locally, ensuring that such situations are avoided in the future.
“The initiative and discipline he (Corporal Alvarado) must show to identify these shortcomings before any other member of his chain of command is expected,” Krugman said. “Even though he’s a corporal, he acts as a seasoned sergeant. It has the intangible qualities of the whole Marine concept.
The Marine Corps provided Cpl. Alvarado the opportunity to continue his education, both to increase his skills in MOS and to continue his college education.
“This MOS opens up many opportunities, not only with civilian companies but also with the Ministry of Defense,” said Alvarado.
Cpl. Alvarado is attached to Marine Air Control Squadron 2, Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina, and is currently attending Technical College of the Lowcountry. Finally, when asked what his favorite part of the job was, Alvarado replied, “working with my Marines”.

Date taken: 10.07.2021
Date posted: 22.10.2021 11:18
Story ID: 407790
Hometown: ATLANTA, Georgia, United States

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