CONCORD, N.C. -- More than 20 Marines and sailors from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. with the Single Marine Program built camaraderie May 2 – 4 during the annual Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion trip to Charlotte, N.C.
Camping, crowd surfing and "moshing," the service members were able to view bands like Five Finger Death Punch and Avenged Sevenfold.
“I think these types of events like the Carolina Rebellion are great for the service members because it gives them a chance to see things off base that they aren’t familiar with,” said Taylor Vaden, the SMP recreational assistant and trip supervisor. “Our programs with the SMP usually give the Marines and Sailors a chance to get out and have some fun and meet new people.”
The Carolina Rebellion is the mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival with a massive line-up featuring bands like Rob Zombie and Kid Rock. With more than 40,000 participants and different genres of music performing, the Marines and Sailors were able to get to know each other through music.
“The trip was a lot of fun and I thought it was awesome,” said Pfc. David PiñaHuitzil, an administrative clerk with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron. “The line-ups were pretty cool and just getting to meet more Marines was lots of fun.”
The SMP is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of single and unaccompanied Marines and sailors by developing initiatives and supporting the community.
“I think it’s great that the trips have people from different units and work sections,” said PiñaHuitzil. “We get to know Marines and sailors from all over the station and get to learn about the work they do.”
Vaden encourages Marines and sailors to get involved, because on trips like the Carolina Rebellion, you can meet people with similar interests.
“The Marines and sailors were really good the entire trip,” said Vaden. “I encourage everyone to keep participating in these events and volunteering because not only do more people make it more fun, but you also get to meet more of your fellow service members.”