Brunswick, ME -- Ask anyone who has served at a pre-commissioning unit before, and they will be the first to tell you it is not an easy job. Of course, there are some perks, like the immense honor associated with being a plank owner. Not having all of the necessary resources or work space, however, can make fully training and qualifying a crew a rather challenging process. That is why Commanding Officer Cmdr. Brian Ribota presented the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal to Sergeant Keith Roy of Brunswick’s USMC Reserve Center, in recognition of the invaluable supprt he provided to the crew of PCU Rafael Peralta (DDG 115).
As assistant training chief and armory custodian, Sgt. Roy coordinated to make the Reserve Center facilities available for Rafael Peralta; he also trained the ship’s trainers, so they could properly certify the rest of the crew. With the closest military-grade gun ranges hours away, Sgt. Roy enabled the crew to run familiarization lessons and sustainment courses on the M9, M16, and M240B service weapons using the Firearms Training Simulator (FATS). Due to Sgt. Roy’s efforts in providing these opportunities, Rafael Peralta’s crew saved hundreds of man-hours in transportation time and has accomplished over 250 gun qualifications.
The opportunity to recognize Sgt. Roy for his efforts in preparing Rafael Peralta for commissioning was certainly special, considering he shares the branch and rank of the ship’s namesake. During the ceremony, Sgt. Roy affirmed the importance of Navy-Marine coordination: “It’s a team effort from all of the Marine staff here at USMCRC Brunswick, and I truly appreciate you recognizing the time and assistance that we’ve been honored to provide. We want to ensure our Navy counterparts… (are) able to enhance their training goals. I look forward to our continued training together.”