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Roles in the Corps: Combat Engineering

Fletcher: My name is Corporal Jeremy Allen(?) Fletcher. I'm a 1371, a Combat Engineer. They say we're the jack of all trades. We do counter mobility, mobility, survivability. You build SWA huts, you build other buildings out there for Marines out in Afghanistan and Iraq. You're laying down concrete and you're fixing the air fields to where the planes can actually land and bring Marines in and Sailors in or take Marines and Sailors out. Also, on the demolition side, we do urban demolition where we actually blow in doors to houses and buildings and then we just do basic demolition which is basic shots and blowing in abattisis(?), taking out trees, taking out stumps, putting in craters, cratering and ditching and blowing up caches. You're finding them to where that takes the advantage away from the enemy of hurting your fellow Marines or Sailors. On a normal mission, you have about one squad of combat engineers which is attached to one company of a grunt battalion. And within that squad, you have two to three Marines per team that goes out with each platoon in that company. You have to know what you're doing. A lot of times you're not going to know what's going to be thrown at you, so you need to be ready for anything. So you constantly need to be refreshing yourself on all the knowledge that you know about the Marine Corps, about your job, about the Marine to the left and to the right and you, their job. So that way, whenever you do get to a fight and you do get into theater, you know what's going to come at you and you'll know what to throw back at 'em. I love being a Marine because there's nothing else out in the world like it. There honestly isn't. The thrill that you get from being a Marine, you just can't touch it. Not even one percent of Americans can say that they're a United States Marine. And that, to me, makes me feel like I'm held at a higher standard. It makes me feel good knowing that America is depending upon me and the Marines to the left and to the right of me.