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Carly Brandt, 1, daughter of Cpl. Joe Brandt, squad leader, Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, collects Easter eggs at 1/7's Family Day held at the Desert Winds Golf Course March 22, 2013.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Lauren A. Kurkimilis

1/7 family day

29 Mar 2013 | Lance Cpl. Lauren Kurkimilis

1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment held a family day for their Marines, sailors and family members at the Desert Winds Golf Course March 22.

“Events like this help to build unit morale,” said Lt. Col. Seth Yost, battalion commander, 1/7. “These guys work hard and this is a chance for them to come together outside of work.”

The morning of the event, the Marines and sailors were invited to participate in a battalion-wide golf tournament. The service members and their families then ate lunch and were able to enjoy rock wall climbing, mechanical bull riding, face painting and bouncy houses.

“This is a great opportunity for the families to get to know each other,” Yost said. “Especially with everyone’s kids out here, they get a chance to see that throughout the ranks, many have children the same age.”

The day of festivities ended with three Easter egg hunts for children of varying ages. Most of the eggs were filled with candy while some had raffle tickets that were traded in for Easter baskets.

“We had a great turn out today,” said Ruby Zunino, family readiness officer, 1/7. “We love it when everyone comes together to relax and have fun. They deserve it.”

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