JACKSONVILLE, N.C. --
Keeping true to her and her sibling’s “You go, I go” pact, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Karli Treese, air traffic controller attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron (H&HS), Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, followed her siblings’ footsteps into the Marine Corps in August 2020.
Treese has been recognized as this month’s MCAS New River Go-Getter. Her recent accomplishments include attending Corporal’s Course as a class leader on MCAS New River, studying to take the staff billet of facility watch officer and competing for a meritorious promotion to sergeant this quarter.
More of her certifications and billets include being a command physical training representative (organizing fitness test requirements) for H&HS, a certified Airfield Vehicle Operators’ Course instructor and is the training Non-Commissioned Officer for her crew of 25 Marines, facilitating all annual and fiscal training requirements.
Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Treese said the air traffic control (ATC) military occupational specialty (MOS) was originally a transitional choice, making it a good way to be able to use her skills when she gets out of the Marine Corps without having to go to college. It has since then changed in her eyes to being much more than that; now, it is a job she loves.
“As an air traffic controller, I am a tower watch supervisor,” Treese said. “Joining the Marines as an ATC not only gave me the knowledge as an air traffic controller but also has taught me to become a good leader. ATC has also given me the opportunity to come out of my shell because I am forced to talk to pilots all day and I was always super shy.”
According to Treese, those around her can see her as someone who gets stuff done. She sets the example for other Marines through hard work with little supervision she is a source of knowledge within ATC, being the tower watch supervisor and also holding all qualifications in the tower.
In ATC, its common to be set in training roles for around four to 12 months, without the ability to take leave. During these times, Treese is often motivated by her parents. The small check-ups they give her help keep her grounded. She also finds motivation in the Marines around her.
“I think seeing my Marines achieve their goals also really helps to push me. I have had the privilege to pin [the next rank insignia on] three of the Marines I’ve trained in the tower and that really motivated me to keep moving up in ATC.”
Treese has left a good impression on not only her junior Marines, but those senior to her as well. Sgt. Matheus Stitt, ATC crew chief with H&HS, sheds light on Treese’s good performance.
“I have nothing but good things to say about her. She is easily the highest performing corporal we have in the facility and surpassing even some of those of the next rank. She has been under me since her arrival to the unit as a Pfc., and well on her way to becoming the next meritorious sergeant,” said Stitt.
“Since her arrival, she has always sought out opportunities to better herself personally and professionally,” said Stitt. “Reflected by her major accomplishments in the facility in such a short period of time, while taking care of her peers and those under her charge as she moved up the ranks. Her nomination for Go-Getter of the Month and recommendation from Air Traffic Control for meritorious sergeant are a testament of her dedication and care to the Marines under her charge and to the unit. She will undoubtedly continue to grow within the Marine Corps and set the example for others to emulate.”
Treese finds communication to be a significant skill, and perhaps a lesson learned better in not many other MOS’s.
“Communication in all that you do can be the difference of life or death in extreme instances,” said Treese.
“For leadership, the most important thing I learned is to never give up on anyone,” Treese said. “Soon, I won’t be the tower supervisor, it will be my junior Marines and I need to help not only them, but the whole organization and make sure things are done properly to set the tone for the next generation of Marines.”