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A class of Corporal’s Course Marines and their instructors make their way down a road during a trail run at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, Feb. 22, 2022. The class ran in honor of the Montford Point Marines. During the event, Marines worked together to carry heavy objects through Cherry Point’s winding forest trails. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob Bertram)

Photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob Bertram

Corporal’s Course honors Montford Point Marines

28 Feb 2022 | Lance Cpl. Jacob Bertram Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Through thick and thin

Paying homage to the legacy of the Montford Point Marines, a class of Corporal’s Course 4-22 students took part in a team building trail run, Feb. 22, 2022. The class of corporals gathered with their instructors outside of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point’s dense wood line. Working in two squads, students moved as fast as their bodies allowed, lugging ammo cans, filled water coolers, and a stretcher bearing sandbags through the twisting forest-inlayed trails near Devil Dog Dare. Along the route, the class would stop to perform physical exercises and be tested on the non-commissioned officer creed.

Montford Point serves as a remembrance of the first African-Americans who joined the Marine Corps’ ranks nearly 80 years ago in Montford Point, North Carolina. This event also illustrated to the participants the importance of team work and esprit de corps while under physical duress.

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point