MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
Marine Transport Squadron 1 Marines gathered
with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Marines to participate in a
bi-annual Pig Picking event sponsored by the Havelock Military Affairs
Committee at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Sept. 22.
“We do two Pig Pickings each year as a way to
show our appreciation to the Marines for everything that they do for us,” said
Stephanie Duncan, the director of the Chamber of Commerce. “Not only do we
value the protection they give us for our freedom, but also for the help they
give our community.”
The Pig Picking was
special, because it was the community’s way of saying “thank you” for being
part of their community and being so close for many years, said Duncan. Not
only are the Marines and Sailors protecting their freedom, but they are
protecting them locally.
“I think that events like this are important,
because it brings the community and military together,” said Cpl. Scott R.
Maynard, a food service specialist with H&HS. “It creates unit cohesion and
develops good relationships by having us spending time together.”
Maynard stated he
believes that events like this build relationships with the community and give
Marines a way to build camaraderie outside of work.
“I would like the
Marines to know that we care for them,” said Duncan. “We support them and we
are here for them if they need something.”