Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. --
Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 7 and Combat Logistics Company 13 enjoyed an afternoon with their families during the unit's field meet and family day events at Del Valle Field, March 28.
The Marines and sailors competed against each other in a variety of events testing their speed, strength and endurance. Along with the field meet, the service member’s loved ones were invited to watch and take part in family-fun events like spouse softball, face painting and bouncy houses for the kids.
“It’s just to build camaraderie among our Marines,” said Staff Sgt. Anthony Adams-Butler, S-3 training chief, Headquarters and Service Company, CLB-7. “We’ve gotten a lot of Marines that just checked in so we’re just trying to have a little fun out here before the weekend.”
The battalion pitted the companies against each other as families cheered from the side. The competitions ranged from sports events to endurance challenges. The Marines and sailors took to the softball fields to start the day.
“We’re playing softball. We’ll be doing a tug-of-war challenge, a pushup challenge, relay races, what we call the ‘run of the ranks’ which is from (private first class) to company commander, where they run one lap with the guidon and pass it to the next rank,” Adams-Butler said during the field meet. “We also have a tire flip that we’re doing with 7-ton tires and that will be the most gruesome.”
“We’re staying motivated and staying warm in the desert,” Adams-Butler added. “We’re getting some (physical training) in and developing some more motivation within the unit, you know maintaining that unit cohesion.”