Skip to comments.Wisconsin native keeps Marines, Iraqi soldiers combat ready
Posted on 07/01/2006 1:18:09 PM PDT by SandRat
CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq (June 30, 2006) -- The man responsible for roughly 1,000 Marines ammo isnt a Marine sitting behind a desk, wielding his power and influence from his air conditioned office its a 21-year-old Marine running around in the dry heat of western Iraq.
Meet Cpl. David M. Jeske a gruff Marine from Auburndale, Wis., and the senior ammunition technician for 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion the U.S. Marine unit assigned to this region of Iraqs western Al Anbar province.
The battalion is charged with maintaining security and stability in their area of operations a region in Al Anbar province of mostly desert littered with small towns, stretching from the Jordanian border about 120 miles east towards the Euphrates River.
Without Jeske, the battalions ammunition chief, the Marines and their partnered Iraqi forces operating in the area would not have the ammunition they need to combat insurgents and provide security to the region.
Its Jeskes job, which is normally filled by two Marines of higher rank, to maintain and issue ammunition to coalition and Iraqi military forces operating throughout the battalions area of operations a region of mostly desert littered with small towns, stretching from the Jordanian border about 120 miles east.
The ammo chief is responsible for keeping track of all munitions issued to U.S. troops ranging from bullets of various calibers to rockets, according to Staff Sgt. Jason S. Cinkosky, the battalions embark chief and one of Jeskes superiors.
By filling a billet above his pay grade and (with) one man less, proves his invaluable capabilities to completing the mission, from giving one Marine two to three rounds to resupplying a whole platoon. He never fails, said Cinkosky, of Colorado Springs, Colo.
To complete the missions, military forces operating in the battalions area must have logistical support, or as the Marines call it, the three Bs, beans, bullets and band aids.
Jeske provides the bullets. [His job is] vital to our mission here in Iraq without bullets, were useless and cant do our job, said Staff Sgt. Corey A. Price, the battalions logistics chief and another of Jeskes superiors. He usually works at least 12 hours every day of the week and its not unusual for him to work 20 hours.
In addition to his ammo-related duties, Jeske also provides logistical support for other Coalition convoys that roll in and out of the camp. He coordinates and tracks the munitions to ensure they get to the right people at the right base.
Convoys come in at all times of the day, and I help with the loading and off-loading of the equipment and supplies, said Jeske. I stay pretty busy.
Despite his time-consuming job, the 6-foot-3-inch Marine makes time to go to the gym a few times a week and is one of the battalions Catholic lay readers.
I spend half the time outside and the other half in an office, said Jeske, the second youngest of five siblings. And I know [my job] plays a big role in the Marines training and operations.
From August 2004 to March 2005, Jeske deployed to Iraq for his first time with the battalion, where he was meritoriously promoted to lance corporal and awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his hard work supplying ammo to units operating in the area. During major combat operations in Fallujah in November 2004, Jeske ensured the battalion had the ammo needed to operate during four-plus weeks of combat.
If he worked half as hard [the last deployment] as he does this time around, he definitely deserves that award, said Cinkosky, 27. Despite his obsession with NASCAR and Jeff Gordon, he is great to have around.
Despite the occasional ribbing from his higher-ups, Jeskes hard work is noticed. We give him a hard time every now and then, but hes a good guy and the epitome of a hard worker. He does everything and asks for nothing in return, said Price, a 29-year-old from Moorehead, Minn. Id take him over anyone else out here.
Only two-and-a-half years into his stint in the Marine Corps, Jeske is still undecided on his future in the military, but he is keeping his options open.
I like my job, and the Marine Corps has a lot of good options, but I havent made my mind up on what to do next, he said.
Jeske, who graduated Auburndale High School in 2003, says he plans on spending time with his friends, family, and girlfriend of two years when he returns to the states, and he will invest the money he saved during his tour.
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Way to go MARINE!!!
Cpl. Jeske...THANK YOU!