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Sgt. Anthony Clement, left, a collateral duty quality assurance representative for the avionics shop with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 and a San Diego, native, and Cpl. Tony Restivo, front, an avionics electronic technician with VMGR-352, check for the correct voltage to an avionics component on a KC-130J aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Nov. 19. Avionics is the use of electrical equipment and electronic devices in aviation.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Rebecca Eller

Inspecting to be best: a technicians’ duty

19 Nov 2012 | Lance Cpl. Rebecca Eller

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – Being passionate about a job makes working that much easier. For Sgt. Anthony Clement, collateral duty quality assurance representative for the avionics shop with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352, and a San Diego native, his job is worth working. Clement inspects the work performed on a KC-130J and ensures his fellow Marines perform repairs in accordance with the safety manuals and publications.

“He’s a sergeant now, but when he was a corporal he was a collateral duty quality inspector, normally staff NCO’s and senior sergeants hold that billet,” said Gunnery Sgt. Chad M. Noschang, the avionics shop staff noncommissioned officer in charge with VMGR-352. “He’s excelling up the ladder a little quicker than his peers.”

Clement says his motivation to want to improve comes from the Marines in his shop. “They come in every day, and always work as hard as possible to fix these aircraft so that they can complete missions,” said Clement.

Though Clement says it is the Marines in his shop who motivate him, he is the one motivating them, explained

Noschang.

“He leads by example, and he’s constantly mentoring, trying to get all the Marines up to his level,” said Noschang.

Clement is not only competitive in his job, but also in the Marine Corps. Clement had previously won the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force noncommissioned officer of the quarter board, which led to his meritorious promotion to sergeant by Brig. Gen. Steven Bugsby, commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Nov. 5. To be competitive for a board, Marines must be well rounded in every aspect.            

“This Marine is physically fit, mentally sharp and highly disciplined,” said Noschang.

On top of having a first class physical fitness test and combat fitness test, a second award expert rifleman, a black belt Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and being an instructor in the program, Clement volunteers his time to the community by helping with Big Marine, Little Marine and the San Diego Armed Services YMCA, explained Noschang.       

 
“I believe that the mentorship program is crucial because it's an opportunity for my Marines to see me in a different light,” said Clement. “Work can be hectic, stressful and cause tunnel vision but being able take care of your Marines in all aspects, on and off duty, strengthens our effort toward mission accomplishment.”
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