Story and Photo by
2nd Lt. Kyle Suchomski
65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Three Soldiers from the 65th Engineer Battalion’s Forward Support Company participated in a joint training event with the 15th Maintenance Squadron, here, July 22.
Under the watchful eye of Air Force Staff Sgt. James Mattingly, 15th Maintenance Sqdn., these Soldiers learned to cut metal with the CNC Jet-Cutting machine.
The machine uses a pressurized jet of carbide sand and a water table to cut through material as thick as six inches. The CNC machine has precision to within a width of three human hairs and is often used to manufacture replacement parts for aircraft.
By programming the desired specifications into a computer, Sgt. Anthony Shaw and Spc. Raymond Ramos-Fee, FSC, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, were able to cut an array of shapes into different types of metals that would later be assembled to create a clearing barrel.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jeampy Keto, FSC, coordinated the training event, as he felt the training would provide Soldiers with an opportunity to use a piece of equipment that they may not have access to otherwise.
“I didn’t even know that this kind of machinery was out there,” Shaw said, “but now, at least we know that it exists.”
FSC is looking forward to coordinating future maintenance-oriented joint training events, and appreciated the recent training opportunity with the Air Force.