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FRCSW Sailors Keeping It Cool in Bahrain, Iraq

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070617-05
Release Date: 6/17/2007 5:21:00 PM

By Jim Markle, Fleet Readiness Center Southwest Public Affairs

BAHRAIN (NNS) -- Six Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) Sailors are lending their expertise in air conditioning and related equipment to make life a little easier for war fighters at Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) detachment sites in Bahrain beginning June 1.

Aviation Support Equipment Technician 1st Class Nicholas Rosman, Aviation Support Equipment Technicians 2nd Class Carissalina Block, Edward Cook, Ronny Hawkes, and Aviation Support Equipment Technician Airman William Davis from AIMD North Island joined Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class John Burton from AIMD Point Mugu for three months temporary additional duty (TAD) to the Middle East.

The Sailors who departed FRCSW will return in September. Meanwhile, they are working in areas where mean temperatures exceed 105 degrees.

“During the summer, air conditioners and power carts get a real workout, and huffers (auxiliary power units) are a close second. Six additional techs made our lives much better last summer,” stated AIMD Bahrain Officer in Charge Lt. Cmdr. Doug Sullivan.

AIMD Bahrain support sites include Air Base Al Udeid in Qatar and Al Asad Airfield and Ali Air Base in Iraq.

For the two youngest Sailors, Block, 22, and Davis, 21, gaining experience stood as their motivation to volunteer for this assignment. Block added she would like to visit Kuwait if possible.

“This is a team effort and it’s my job to be where I’m needed. I’m excited to go and glad I can help out,” said Burton.

He had previously been to the Middle East and visited Dubai (one of seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates).

“I liked the culture and people,” he said. “So when I had a chance to do something like this I went for it.”

No stranger to answering the call for TAD volunteers, Cook previously served in the auxiliary security force at White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, following 9/11. He’s also an Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veteran and was stationed aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Cook said the AIMD Bahrain shore duty would provide him the opportunity to apply his skills in a different environment, as well as to see another part of the world.

Also an Iraqi Freedom veteran, Hawkes served aboard USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) during the conflict.

“I want to help out and give someone else a break,” he said.

Rosman said this will be his fourth assignment to the Middle East. He said he volunteered to get the job done right.

“The folks who are selected should know that every maintenance action they perform over here will make an impact on the folks on the ground, in harm’s way,” Sullivan said.

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