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Marines with Military Police Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, await their signal to begin the tug-of-war during a field meet hosted by the regiment at the Goettge Memorial Field House aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 23. Six companies and two battalions participated in the meet. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin J. Shemanski)

Photo by Sgt. Justin J. Shemanski

Competitive spirit alive at CLR-27 field meet

23 Jun 2011 | Sgt. Justin J. Shemanski

As war cries pierced the thick, muggy Carolina air, six companies and two battalions of warriors were pitted against each other during Combat Logistic Regiment 27’s field meet at the Goettge Memorial Field House aboard Camp Lejeune, June 23.

A smoky haze, courtesy of recent wild fires in the area, served as a dynamic backdrop during the competition, but it was the Marines and sailors who brought the action to the forefront. No one came to lose and the competitive spirit was omnipresent.

The meet included of five events, comprised of staples like the tug-of-war and kettle bell throw, but one event in particular really captured the essence of the regimental commander, Col. Gary F. Keim.

No stranger to high intensity workouts and tactical training, Keim implemented the “2-4-6 Relay” into the mix. To complete the event, participants were required to run 200, 400 and 600 meters in sequence around the track, three times, noted Keim.

“It’s a real soul crusher,” he said with a grin.

Later in the morning, Sgt. Terrell L. Greene, a food service specialist with Food Service Company, tested his resolve in the kettle bell throw competition. New to the unit as of last February, Greene noted that in his opinion, events like field meets have a slight benefit over other unit functions such as family days or holiday-themed parties.

“Field meets really build that camaraderie and team work capability,” explained Greene. “When you deploy, you really know the Marine to your left and right, and not just those within your section.”

Building these types of close bonds is exactly what Keim and his staff had intended to do by hosting such an event. Nothing builds these types of bonds better than good competition and even better company.

“It gives the Marines and sailors the chance to meet other Marines and sailors; all while letting off some steam,” said Keim.


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