Tinian – Going on deployment means traveling to far away countries for many Marines, but Exercise Geiger Fury 2012 is a chance to be a little closer to home for one Marine on Tinian.
Lance Cpl. Steven J. Paulino, a 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force 1st Marine Air Wing Marine Aircraft Group 12 Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 motor transportation maintainer, was born and raised in the village of Talofofo, Guam, the center stage for Exercise Geiger Fury 2012.
“I loved growing up in Guam,” said Paulino. “I was raised to be respectful to all, to appreciate where I came from and to hold my families’ traditions high. When you think about it, that sounds a lot like the Marine Corps.”
Paulino looked into the other branches, but decided the Marine Corps is where he belonged.
[Two of Guam’s sons: Lance Corporal Steven Paulino, a Motor Transportation Mechanic from Talofofo, and Corporal Samuel David Diaz Robert, an Engineer Mechanic from Santa Rita, are both participating in Geiger Fury 2012 on Tinian with Marine Wing Support Squadron – 171, Marine Aircraft Gourp-12. Both are permanently station in Iwakuni, Japan.]
“I joined the Marines because I knew they were the best,” said Paulino. “I looked into all the other branches, but they did not seem tough enough. I wanted a challenge.”
Paulino is a motor transportation maintenance Marine. If it rolls and it breaks, it is his job to find out what’s wrong and to fix the malfunction.
“I love my job,” said Paulino. “I’m the handy man of the Marine Corps. I enjoy working with my hands and fixing things.”
Paulino has proven himself to his unit on numerous occasions. He has shown the other Marines he works with that he is someone they can count on.
“I have known Paulino since we were both privates. We met while on awaiting training at Camp Johnson,” said Lance Cpl. Ronald J. Shure III, 3rd MEF 1st MAW MAG-12 MWSS-171 motor transportation maintainer. “He is a great guy and a great Marine. He is always right there hooking and jabbing right with us all the way to mission accomplishment.”
Paulino wishes to make the Marine Corps a career and someday retire back to his home in Guam.
“I definitely want to stay in for the entire 20 year enlistment,” said Paulino. “I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.”
With Exercise Geiger Fury 2012 in full motion, all the Marines involved have departed from their homes in order to better themselves as individuals and as a cohesive unit. Though thoughts of home being so far away may linger in the minds of many, for Lance Cpl. Steven J. Paulino, home in both the Marine Corps and in Guam is in full view.