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Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

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Cherry Point, North Carolina
Headquarters squadrons face off in annual field meet

By Lance Cpl. Unique Roberts | Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point | April 24, 2014

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Lance Cpl. Dustin Parsons carries Lance Cpl. Nick Passopulo during a fireman carry relay race at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 18, 2014. Parsons and Passopulo are chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense specialists with MWHS-2.

Lance Cpl. Dustin Parsons carries Lance Cpl. Nick Passopulo during a fireman carry relay race at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 18, 2014. Parsons and Passopulo are chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense specialists with MWHS-2. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Unique B. Roberts)


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Marines with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 pull a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement, commonly known as a 7-ton, during a field meet against Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 18, 2014.

Marines with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 pull a Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement, commonly known as a 7-ton, during a field meet against Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 18, 2014. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Unique B. Roberts)


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Private First Class Amonte Brown participates in the all ranks relay at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 18, 2014. Brown is an administrative specialist with H&HS.

Private First Class Amonte Brown participates in the all ranks relay at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 18, 2014. Brown is an administrative specialist with H&HS. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Unique B. Roberts)


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Lieutenant Colonel Charles Basham performs a push-up while competing in the commanding officers relay race at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 18, 2014. The relay broke the 12-12 tie, giving H&HS both bragging rights and the champiion’s trophy until next year. The winning score was 13-12. Basham is the commanding officer of H&HS.

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Basham performs a push-up while competing in the commanding officers relay race at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 18, 2014. The relay broke the 12-12 tie, giving H&HS both bragging rights and the champiion’s trophy until next year. The winning score was 13-12. Basham is the commanding officer of H&HS. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Unique B. Roberts)


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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C . -- A step up from last year, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron won the annual field meet against Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 18, 2014.

H&HS’s top leadership won the trophy during a tie-breaking relay race between the squadrons’ commanding and executive officers and sergeants major.

More than 200 Marines of all ranks from the squadrons participated in 11 separate events, including soccer and volleyball matches, tug-of-war and a 7-ton truck pull.

The Cherry Point squadrons started the competition in 2004, and despite multiple deployments in support of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing and II Marine Expeditionary Force, they have kept the tradition alive.

“The field meet is for members of the wing units to have a little fun and build camaraderie,” said Master Sgt. John B. Francis, one of the event coordinators for the games.

During the games, the Marines depended on one another and worked together to accomplish a common goal.

“Both units get to cheer for their Marines and share both the victory and defeat. That’s what builds camaraderie and unit cohesion within the squadrons,” said Francis.

In the end, the Marines and sailors of H&HS edged out the Marines and Sailors of MWHS-2, winning the overall meet, 13-12.


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