PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – Electronics Technician Second Class (Surface Warfare) Marc Batoon of USS O’Kane (DDG 77) continues to impress as the premier Miniature/Microminiature Module Test and Repair (2M/MTR) technician in the Surface Fleet (Atlantic and Pacific).
An outstanding technician, he’s earned previous recognition as a leading 2M technician on three previous occasions. His record of sustained excellence in electronics repair dates to October 2011, when he took over the electronics repair shop in USS O’Kane (DDG 77). Since then, his repairs have saved over $1,052,673. In the last quarter alone, he completed 18 major repairs which saved $301,549 in replacement parts.
“He’s a terrific Sailor,” Lt. Michael Arnold, the ship’s electronics material officer, stated proudly. His entire chain of command had high praise for Batoon, who has been tinkering with electronics ever since his grandfather presented him with a build-your-own radio kit in the fifth grade.
When asked how he’s been able to do so much, he humbly states, “Much of the credit goes to the other technicians throughout the ship. For example, the fire controlmen can usually isolate a fault down to the specific circuit card assembly and that saves me a lot of time.” Training is also a major factor. “I think one of the best schools I went to was the advanced technology class we went to before A School. It was really hands-on and engaging.”
The Navy’s 2M/MTR program teaches how to repair circuit cards for all kinds of equipment, from engine control panels and sensor monitoring equipment to some of the most advanced radars and weapons systems in the Navy. Many circuit cards cost thousands of dollars each to replace, making Petty Officer Batoon’s efforts even more important as the Navy faces a fiscally constrained environment for ship operation and maintenance. In addition, Petty Officer Batoon’s superb repair work has provided a significant boost to O’Kane’s material self-sufficiency, enabling her to make critical repairs underway and maintain mission readiness.