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Upon receiving their Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist pins, (from right to left) Seaman Nathaniel Novak and Petty Officers 3rd Class Robert Lee and Amanda Jensen, corpsmen with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) take their post during a brief ceremony here June 2.

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'Red Cloud' Corpsmen Sail Through FMF Qualification Process

2 Jun 2010 | Sgt. Justin J. Shemanski

Three Navy corpsmen with Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), received their Enlisted Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist pins in a ceremony here, June 2.

Upon successful completion of the testing process, Petty Officers 3rd Class Robert Lee and Amanda Jensen, along with Seaman Nathaniel Novak, were presented their pins by Capt. Ania Driscoll, company commander, Headquarters and Support Company, CLB-6, 1st MLG (FWD).

According to Chief Petty Officer Garry Tossing, an independent duty corpsman attached to CLB-6, 1st MLG (FWD), the qualification process consists of two sections in which the sailor's proficiency is evaluated: a core section focusing on basic Marine Corps knowledge and a unit specific section.

"The core section focuses on a lot of the things Marines learn in recruit training, things like weapons, land navigation and [chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear] knowledge," he explained. "The unit specific section pertains to specific knowledge unique to the type unit they are assigned, whether it's ground combat, air or in this case, logistics."

Corpsmen must display knowledge and understanding in everything from unit organization, mission and equipment, as well as pass a series of written, oral and hands-on examinations. All personnel assigned to operating forces are required to achieve FMF qualification within 18 months of checking into their respective work sections.

The sailors each spent the last several months preparing for their final test and each have now proven themselves proficient in the duties required of them within the Fleet Marine Force.

Novak began brushing up on his Marine Corps and medical knowledge in November, while Lee hit the books a month later.

"I started preparing myself back in November," said Jensen, a native of Lima, Mont. "It took a lot of studying and it's a huge weight off of our shoulders to finally receive our FMF pins."


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