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Computer Services Marine excels as PMO augment

30 Jul 2004 | Lance Cpl. C. Alex Herron

A Marine with the Provost Marshal’s Office is serving his last day as a military policeman for the Anti-Terrorism Force Protection program.

Corporal Rene D. Cisneros, patrol supervisor, PMO is slated to return to his original Military Occupational Specialty as a small computer system specialist, after a full year at PMO.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at PMO,” Cisneros said. “But, I’m ready to get back to my original MOS.”
Cisneros was sent to PMO in August of 2003. Since then he has worked his way through the ranks and will end his tour as a patrol supervisor.

“I started out like every other augment, being a gate sentry for a few months,” Cisneros said. “But, I kept a positive outlook on whatever I was doing. I was always trying to learn more.”

Cisneros’ climb in the PMO ladder began when the Atlanta, Ga. native was promoted to corporal and expressed an interest in staying with PMO for another tour as an augment.

“I just liked the atmosphere at PMO,” Cisneros said. “I let it be known that I was interested in staying and since I was a corporal I could begin patrolling.”

Barring any major shortages, Marines must be corporals to drive patrol cars, according to Pfc. Bill Long, desk sergeant, PMO.

“Because he picked up corporal while he was attached to us, I was able to see him as a lance corporal and then move into a leadership role,” Long said. “He became one of the leaders in our platoon and he was quick to learn all the things involved in our job.

Cisneros quickly learned the biggest quandary facing PMO: paperwork.

“A big part of our job is paperwork,” Long said. “Whenever Cisneros responded to a call we could count on him to get the paper work done properly.”

Although Cisneros was given the chance to try other duties, he did have to put in his time as a gate sentry.

“I was on the gate for about five months,” Cisneros said. “But when a need for drivers came up I was selected to take the Emergency Vehicle Operators Course and start driving.”

After his time as a gate sentry, Cisneros spent one month as an assistant driver, three months as a patrol unit and the last three months as a patrol supervisor.

“I am one of two patrol supervisors per shift aboard the Air Station and Laurel Bay,” Cisneros said. “I am responsible for anything that happens aboard Laurel Bay during my shift. I handle everything unless there is a need to call the watch commander.”

Although Cisneros liked PMO, in the beginning he was not sure how he was going to perform.
“Going into my first tour I didn’t know what to expect,” Cisneros said. “ I had heard it was a bad job and the hours were horrible.”

After beginning the work, Cisneros began to like the change of pace from his previous job.
“I was glad to be out of an office and seeing things from an M.P.’s perspective,” Cisneros said. “People see M.P.’s as jerks, but we have an important job.”

The comradery among fellow MPs makes for a great work environment. There is a certain Esprit de Corps among them, according to Cisneros.

“I worked with a great platoon,” Cisneros said. “Everyone looked after each other and helped out their fellow Marines whenever possible.”

With new augments starting today, they should try to keep a positive attitude about their new line of work, according to Cisneros.

“A lot of Marines come to PMO with a resentful attitude, expecting it to be terrible,” Cisneros said. “All they want to do is pass the time, but they should try to learn everything they can about their new job. They have to be their anyway, so they might as well give it a fair shot and try to learn as much as possible.”

“The new augments should come to work everyday trying to learn something new about their new job,” Cisneros said. “Even though it is not their primary MOS, they can still learn a lot of good knowledge.”