You see them out every year helping collect toys for children in need, but do you know what our Quad City marines are up to during the rest of the year?
Their team consists of 12 active duty staff along with more than 150 reserve marines.
"A lot of moving parts, a lot of people going around," says Jason Fox, Gunnery Sergeant.
The job, for people like Fox, is fixing machines, and building the next generation of marines.
"Our mission here is basically fixing trucks, basic mechanics, welding, things of that nature," he says.
And when they say repairing trucks, they don't mean your dad's old pickup.
"Pretty much what we have right here is a seven ton vehicle," he explains.
They'll take these road monsters: break them down and build them back up - better than ever. Fox says with their convenient location here on the installation, the team is exposed to a lot of new gadgets.
"Because of our location on the Rock Island Arsenal, a lot of the equipment that we have in our lot was built here on the arsenal. Being a Rock Island unit, we get a lot of their firsts, first tool kits; first weld shop, first brand new vehicle that comes out," Fox adds.
And they're the ones putting the new equipment to the test.
"It's kind of cool to see the equipment come our way play with it, be the first to give our input before it goes out to the rest of the marine corps."
And Gunnery Sgt. Fox says the skills reservists pick up today, can carry them well into the future.
"This is also something you can take out of the Marine Corps," he explains. "You can be a decent mechanic and make pretty good money with it."
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