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Children of Marines and Sailors pet “McGruff,” the crime-fighting dog during Marine Wing Support Squadron 274’s family day at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., June 6, 2014. During the event representatives from on-base organizations like Marine Corps Family Team Building, the Provost Marshals Office and the USO came to share with families the many resources offered on base for both spouses and active duty Marines and Sailors.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Unique B. Roberts

MWSS-274 hosts family day for Marines, sailors

11 Jun 2014 | Lance Cpl. Unique B. Roberts

Marines, sailors and their family members enjoyed a day in the sun participating in a family day hosted by Marine Wing Support Squadron 274 here June 6.

Approximately 500 people came to enjoy the day’s festivities, which included: bouncy houses, rock climbing, sports, food, prizes, music and more. 

A new addition to the squadron, Pfc. Alisa L. Davis, a logistics and embarkation specialist brought her family to the event. 

“We’re socializing with people that we wouldn’t normally get a chance to and it’s great,” said Davis.

The squadron is responsible for providing all ground support assets to fixed-wing components.  They conducted the event to foster camaraderie and esprit de corps while building positive relationships between families. 

Events, like family days, increase family readiness and ultimately mission readiness within the squadron, said Gunnery Sgt. Richard S. Johnston, the substance abuse counseling officer and deputy family readiness officer with the squadron. 

Representatives from Marine Corps Family Team Building, the Family Advocacy Program, Career Assistance and Resource Services, the USO and Cherry Point Fire and Emergency Services came to inform participants about the resources available to them. 

“An event like this gives everyone a chance to actually sit with each other, break bread together and see all the resources that are available to not only the military members but to the spouses as well,” said Johnston. “We’re building camaraderie and strengthening the unit every time we host an event of this caliber. 

 “We hold this event every year, and every year it’s successful.”

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point