MARINE CORPS AIR STATON CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
The Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Rams defeated the Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2 Snake Eyes in a field meet at the air station sports complex Oct. 5 with a final score of 18-12.
It was the first time the two squadrons have faced off for field meet glory since 2004. Each fielded teams to compete in 11 events including volleyball, soccer, tug-of-war, a7-ton truck pull and a variety of relay races.
"This event is important because it brings the two units together," said Lt. Col. Charles J. Basham, commanding officer of H&HS. "Even though we are separate units, we're building camaraderie within the base. It’s a great opportunity to get out and get a little exercise."
Basham captained the winning team on the final event, a three-man relay whose members were the commanding officer, executive officer, and sergeant major of the rival units. H&HS earned the Commanding from the Front Command Desk Classic Award and five points for the win, which secured the overall victory for the Rams.
"This event helps Marines to continue to work together," said Lance Cpl. Chris R. Skelton, a member of the H&HS tug-of-war Team. "This has given me a chance to get to know some people who I wouldn't get to meet otherwise. It helps build unit cohesion and gives us a chance to get out of the office to keep the trophy within our unit."
After the competition was over the commanding officers invited everyone to join them for food and addressed the competitors.
“It has been a long time since these two units have competed in this event,” said Lt. Col. Alan Solter, commanding officer of MWHS-2. “This event was a huge success and a lot of fun."
“We will make sure we read the letter of intent a little closer to ensure a different outcome next year,” he joked, demonstrating the camaraderie that defined the day.