Marines ready to get the job done in Afghanistan

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 01:26 PM.

"It’s the same as the other two, but this time it’s hard on me because I’m leaving my family and stuff like that," the aircraft mechanic said. "That’s the hardest thing is leaving the family. I have the one son. It’s going to be hard for him. We’ve had a better bond now. My first two, he was 1 or 2 years old, and now he’s a little bit older and he knows what’s going on so it’s a little bit harder, because he’s more functional, you know. It’s a little bit harder.

"It’s hard. I was getting dressed this morning and I was sitting on the bed crying my eyes out, but you really can’t let him see me doing that crying thing. You’ve got to be tough. You’ve got to stay strong. It’s hard. Deep down inside it’s hard. You’ve just got to deal with it in your own way."

The job of the unit is to support the operations of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, also based at Cherry Point, whatever that job may be.

"We’re the unusual guys," Aubel said. "We’re the ones you usually never hear about. We’re the ones that make sure the food is served, that corpsmen are there to render first aid, that gas is flowing, that water’s available, all the things that nobody thinks about day to day. When you go to the grocery store, we make all those things happen so that you can get to the grocery store and can get back.

"Nobody really knows that we exist until something goes wrong and then they’re worried about who handles their A/C, their heat, their water, their food, all that kind of stuff, so our job is to be unseen but at the same time make sure that everything is happening so that 2nd MAW gets everything they need."

Aubel has been with MWSS 271 for three years.

"These are some of the greatest guys I’ve ever worked with, some of the consummate professionals right down to the lowest ranks," he said. "Things that these 19- and 20-year olds do, most people would not expect 30- to 40-year olds to know in how professional and knowledgeable they are." 

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