Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic Class
Creating opportunities at wheeled vehicle mechanic school
By Sgt. 1st Class Wayne Woolley
Spc. Dillon Moore is an infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division, and he loves his job.
But the 22-year-old Fayetteville, N.C. native recently started thinking about how he wants to make a living when he leaves the military someday.
“I’ve always been pretty good at turning wrenches,” Moore said. “Everybody needs a good mechanic.”
So Moore is one of 14 Soldiers from around the country who enrolled in a 6-week wheeled vehicle mechanic class offered by the New Jersey Army National Guard on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
They are a blend of Army active duty, Army Reserve and Army National Guard troops. Most are like Moore, reclassifying from a different military career field in search of greater opportunities.
Take Spc. Quisqueya Pickens, 23. She’s a tank mechanic assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. She likes fixing tanks, but feels like her skill set is too limiting.
“Not every Army duty station has tanks,” she said. “I want to be a wheeled vehicle mechanic so I can be stationed anywhere. No limits.”
An attempt to break down a barrier is what brought Spc. Carlos Santos to the wheeled vehicle mechanic course as well.
The 28-year-old Army Reservist from Puerto Rico works as a butcher in civilian life. But he loves serving in the military and believes that adding the wheeled vehicle mechanic certifications to his existing specialty of generator repair will help him land a full-time position with the Army Reserve.
“I have a good feeling about taking this course,” he said. “I can really feel my mechanical abilities taking off.”
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