Crespo Completes Training Course

LAWTON, Okla. — Army National Guard Pfc. Juan M. Crespo has graduated from the Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crewmember Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

As Army field artillery team members, the surveyor is responsible for ensuring the Army’s field artillery weapon systems are emplaced with exact precision. As a field meteorological crewmember, the soldier monitors weather conditions and patterns to allow artillery units to fire and launch missiles accurately.

The student crewmembers are trained to provide firing position data, record field data, prepare schematic sketches and marketing survey stations, perform astronomic observations and compute data. They also perform preventive maintenance checks and services on vehicles, radios, weapons and all survey equipment.

For the meteorological phase, training included operating meteorological equipment, monitoring flight progress and system status during flight, computing total and free balloon lift for helium and hydrogen; assembling, testing and adjusting transmitters, obtaining ballistic temperature and densities, and preparing meteorological balloons for launching.

Crespo is the son of Marie Crespo of Union, and Juan Crespo of Hawthorne. He is a 2007 graduate of Union High School. He earned an associate degree in 2011 from Union County College, Cranford.

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