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Cpl. Alan C. Hicks, a Marine with Marine Wing Communication Squadron 38, Marine Air Control Group 38, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), removes dirt from a location during a dig project here today. The Outside Plant Marines of MWCS-38 remove old Iraqi conduits from various locations on Al Asad Air Base and replace them with newer, more efficient ones.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Michael Stevens

Looking ahead; Marines prepare al-Asad for future

28 Apr 2008 | Lance Cpl. Michael Stevens

Marine Wing Communication Squadron 38 is preparing Al Asad Air Base for future military operations, by updating the underground wiring system across the base.

During the construction project, Marines replace older equipment with newer, more efficient technology. 

“We’re making all these changes and updates so we have a good product to turn over to the Iraqis down the line,” said Gunnery Sgt. Wesley E. Krohn, the outside plant staff noncommissioned officer in charge with MWCS-38. “We’re always improving the system that’s in place, constantly looking to the future.”

The outside plant Marines of MWCS-38, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), perform these tasks in three key steps; pull out the old cable, perform a conduit survey and repair if necessary, and run the new cable through the conduit system.

Conduits are wire-protective casings, which when installed correctly, prolong and protect the wires and cables running through them, while making it more efficient to gain access if needed.

During the projects, Marines found that the older conduits were improperly installed, damaged by other dig projects or had filled with dirt and rocks.

The Marines take their time, carefully removing the old casings and installing new ones, ensuring they don’t disturb the other power lines buried in the ground.

“We could have been selfish and just replaced the wires and cables, but we thought about the future and wanted to make it easier for anyone who will be working with the system down the line,” said Cpl. Joseph W. Gajewski, a team leader and ground radio technician with MWCS-38. “These jobs will make the system more effective and efficient for the future.”


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