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03-27-03, 09:18 AM
Not Everyone is a 'Wolfe'
by Sgt. John L. Zimmer III
Marine Corps News
March 22, 2003

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR -- The Marine Corps is known worldwide for being a fine-tuned fighting force, but without proper information and messages, leaders would not be able to properly command their troops.

Lance Cpl. Mike Wolfe, a small computer specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron here, keeps the commanders and troops informed using the Defense Message System.

The system, used by the Department of Defense, is a mandated program that is designed to improve official and unofficial messages. It also includes interfaces to tactical, deployed, afloat and allied message systems.

"I am responsible for ensuring that the message system is up and running all the time," said the Alabama native.

Working long hours staring at a computer screen may make some cringe, but to Wolfe it can make his day seem to go by quicker.

"I come in to work and sit in front of a computer for about seven of the eight hours I work every day," he said. "My day does not seem to last that long when I am keeping myself busy."

Wolfe started his career in computers while attending Auburn University in Montgomery, Ala.

"I am not new to this job," he added. "While I was attending my military occupational specialty school, some of the instructors were asking me questions about some of the programs we were learning because I had already been trained to use them."

The school, located at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, was four months long.

"I initially went to school for two months to learn the basics about small computer functions," he said. "Then I attended for another two months to learn the function and purpose of DMS."

Before earning the title of Marine, Wolfe played soccer and attended different schools coaching soccer players.

"I went to Auburn to learn about computers, but while I was there I played for the soccer team and really enjoyed it," Wolfe added. "I also coached the South Georgia College, a small two-year college, soccer team."

Wolfe said that some of his teamwork skills came from playing sports most of his life.

"I have been playing soccer since long before I can remember," he said. "Soccer has taught me to work with all types of people and under a lot of stress."

Cpl. Will Kuswanto, DMS administrator and Wolfe's supervisor holds Wolfe to a high standard.

"Wolfe has great work ethics and does everything that a good Marine should do," he said. "He cares about his job and it reflects in his work."

Kuswanto added that Wolfe performs his duties and, in his opinion, is an all around great Marine.

"I need to keep the leaders well-informed by always having their messages sent and received," Wolfe said. "The better they are sent and received, the better we can work as a team to accomplish our mission."

Wolfe knows how important his job is and does his best to accomplish the mission.

"These are very critical times and every message is important," he concluded.