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2nd Marine Logistics Group

Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Cookin’ up mud: Food Service Company runs the endurance course

By Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin | | July 10, 2013

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Marines with Food Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group work together to move a log through the endurance course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 10, 2013. Each log was carried on a stretcher through various parts of the event. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

Marines with Food Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group work together to move a log through the endurance course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 10, 2013. Each log was carried on a stretcher through various parts of the event. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)


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Marines with Food Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group pose for a photo after completing the endurance course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 10, 2013. The event was held to build camaraderie within the company, and give Marines a break from their usual routine.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

Marines with Food Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group pose for a photo after completing the endurance course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 10, 2013. The event was held to build camaraderie within the company, and give Marines a break from their usual routine. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)


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Two Marines with Food Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group help a teammate over obstacles on the endurance course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 10, 2013.  The course took approximately two hours to complete, and ended with a swim in a pool to clean mud and debris off of service members. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

Two Marines with Food Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group help a teammate over obstacles on the endurance course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 10, 2013. The course took approximately two hours to complete, and ended with a swim in a pool to clean mud and debris off of service members. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)


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Marines with Food Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group crawl through mud with barbed wire overhead during an endurance course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 10, 2013. Service members navigated the course in teams, to ensure that everyone made it through. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

Marines with Food Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group crawl through mud with barbed wire overhead during an endurance course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 10, 2013. Service members navigated the course in teams, to ensure that everyone made it through. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)


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A team of Marines with Food Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group runs through a clearing while conquering the endurance course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 10, 2013. The company split into multiple teams to work through obstacles of varying difficulties. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

A team of Marines with Food Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group runs through a clearing while conquering the endurance course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 10, 2013. The company split into multiple teams to work through obstacles of varying difficulties. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)


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Capt. Joseph Fore, the company commander of Food Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, trudges through a stream while participating in a team-building exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 10, 2013. Marines from the company worked in teams to conquer an endurance course which ran through the swamps of the base. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

Capt. Joseph Fore, the company commander of Food Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, trudges through a stream while participating in a team-building exercise aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 10, 2013. Marines from the company worked in teams to conquer an endurance course which ran through the swamps of the base. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)


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Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brent J. Patterson, the executive officer for Food Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group encourages another Marine to push through the endurance course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 10, 2013. Patterson reminded his Marines to never forget their roots, and that being a Marine comes before being a food service specialist. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brent J. Patterson, the executive officer for Food Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group encourages another Marine to push through the endurance course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 10, 2013. Patterson reminded his Marines to never forget their roots, and that being a Marine comes before being a food service specialist. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)


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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – War cries could be heard throughout the woods at the Battle Skills Training School while Marines with Food Service Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group took on the endurance course here, July 10.

The course, which travels through the swamps of Camp Lejeune, is designed to challenge Marines, and build their preparedness and camaraderie.

“They do a great job day in and day out in food services, but I wanted them to remember that they’re Marines first,” said Capt. Joseph Fore, the company commander of Food Service Co. “It was a good chance for them to get out of the kitchens and enjoy a team-building exercise.”

During the course, Marines had to push through mud holes, crawl under barbed wire, climb over walls, rappel and complete a variety of other obstacles to get to the end. Some obstacles required teammates to help one another over or under obstructions. To push them even more, teams were required to carry logs on stretchers through parts of the course.

Once they reached the end, the Marines could finally clean the mud and debris off their uniforms in a pool of water.

“The endurance course was very motivating,” said Pvt. Arthur Mourning, a food service specialist with Food Service Co. “The worst part of it was the end, because then all the fun I was having with my team was over.”

Before being released to change into new camouflaged utility uniforms and eat, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brent J. Patterson, the company executive officer spoke to the group, and reminded them to always remember they are Marines first.

“I know a lot of times we put our horse blinders on, and just get engrossed in the task we’re doing, but we need to remember our roots,” said Patterson. “I don’t want cooks, I want Marine cooks.”
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