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Haditha Dam, Al Anbar, Iraq (July 14, 2005)--Lance Cpl. Marco S. Lentini, 24, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines assistant data chief and Twinsburg, Ohio native rebuilds a computer. (Official USMC Photo by Corporal Ken Melton)

Photo by Cpl. Ken Melton

Twinsburg, Ohio, native keeps 3/25 communications open

27 Jul 2005 | Cpl. Ken Melton

When a user error appears on a computer screen here, a variety of problems will arise that could affect the productivity of the entire unit. Rosters cannot be updated, troop movements are halted, and other important information vital to a mission’s success is lost. Fortunately, with a quick call to the communications shop, Lance Cpl. Marco S. Lentini, the battalion’s assistant data chief, will fix the problem. The Twinsburg, Ohio, native chose his job in the communications field because he always had a fascination with computers. He admits that never having one while growing up only fueled his interest in computer systems and their functions and he strove to learn everything possible about them. However, Lentini was not able to apply his knowledge of computer systems in his civilian job as a carpenter. It wasn’t until he was activated and deployed to Iraq that he finally had his chance to shine. “The dam is such a huge structure that it’s hard to add more lines for computers,” the 1999 Twinsburg High School graduate said. “We are still trying to find ways to expand our Internet capabilities to the outlying buildings.” Not only does Lentini keep the Internet service running inside the dam. He also maintains both government networks (secret and unclassified), rebuilds computers, run network lines and troubleshoots any user problems. Lentini does not work a certain shift, but he works all day and is on call at night. He knows communication is the key to the mission’s success as well as troop morale. “If the network goes down in the middle of the night, I won’t sleep until it’s been fixed,” the 24-year-old said. “I love doing this type of work and I don’t have to sit in an office all day because I go all over the dam.” Even though he views his job as stressful, he hopes to continue working with computers when his time in Iraq is finished. “I can see the look on the owner’s face when I fix their computer, and that’s the best because nobody likes a slow computer.”