Thursday, April 1, 2010

We're not in Staples anymore.

Bilderback uses a light to check for proper document alignment.
The final classroom portion of our DINFOS training is Production. This means working in teams and printing. A lot of printing. We're in a new room surrounded by every type of printer, puncher, and stapler ever made.
I went to use this printer and it asked me why my boots weren't shinier. Not really, but I bet it could...if it wanted to.
Here Chief Miller shows us the belly of the beast. This bad boy uses electricity to place toner on the paper.
Cheek smiles after being told it's not a radioactive device she's holding, but a massive ink cylinder! This isn't the color cartridge you pick up at Staples. It must be handled with extra care.
Steinberg and Bryan make measurements on their recently printed job orders. This practice flyer is designed to educate Iraqis on proper procedures when interacting with the military.
After printing and measuring, we cut.
Melchor makes a last minute inspection on her memo pad design before cutting. Johndro cuts his printouts to fit the job orders requirement. He must yell "clear!" before lowering the blade. Anyone in the area must respond "clear!" before he continues.
Bell works on the Photography section of his class book.
Another project we've been working on continuously over the last week is our class book. Each student designs a 12-page booklet covering everything from classes and instructor photos, to personal information and future plans.
Each Sailor uses programs learned in previous classes. The project poses a challenge for those lacking the most important eye for layout.
At the end of the day, Chief Miller demonstrates how to dispose of dirty, staining ink.
I think many of us sense the toughest part of training is over. We've been together for almost six months. And while we've been an outstanding group, I think many are ready to move on. The challenge now is to stay focused on class while working together in a professional manner.
I'm confident we're up to the job!

1 comment:

  1. Keep up the good work Slaughter... I'm really enjoying seeing life from the students perspective!