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Marines attached to Marine Attack Training Squadron 203, taxi an T/AV-8B Harrier II to outside storage at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, Sep. 16, 2019. Marines attached to VMAT-203 execute daily maintenance to ensure dependability of the aircraft as well as the capability for it be ready at any moment’s notice. VMAT-203 is a part of Marine Aircraft Group 14, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Elias E. Pimentel III)

Photo by Lance Cpl. Elias Pimentel

Marine Attack Training Squadron maintains T/AV-8B II Harriers

16 Sep 2019 | Pfc. Gavin Umboh 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

Sgt. Salvatori F. Cuneo, an Aircraft Avionics Technician with Marine Attack Training Squadron 203, spends more time at his shop than he does at home most of the week. Cuneo’s favorite part of his job are the people he works with.  “They’re almost like a second family to me,” Cuneo said, “We all work and grow together.”

The normal working day starts by taking accountability of their tools and then preforming a foreign object debris (FOD) check. The FOD walk is done to check the flight line for anything that can damage the aircraft. Throughout the day they inspect their aircraft to ensure they are safe at all times. Cuneo and many other Aircraft Technicians from VMAT-203 work long hours to keep the aircraft mission ready. 

“We do daily inspections to make sure that everything is working properly and the aircraft can operate safely.” Cuneo said. The main focus for all aircraft technicians is the safety of the pilot and crew during flight.

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