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A golf ball is clobbered during a golf outing held by Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group at the Paradise Point Golf Course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27, 2012. The purpose of the day was to give the battalion’s Marines and sailors a day of rest and relaxation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado)

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Fore: Combat Logistics Battalion 8 takes shot at making par

29 Mar 2012 | Pfc. Franklin E. Mercado

Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group invaded Paradise Point Golf Course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 27 - 28, for a day of rest and relaxation.

Considering the long hours of work the troops put in on a daily basis, Henry Drake, the battalion’s family readiness officer, took it upon himself to get them out of their tan uniforms and onto the green fairways.

Each company provided rosters with the service members who would attend and they were separated into 28 teams of four. The golf course was reserved for approximately 220 of the unit’s troops.

The event occurred over the span of two days because of the large turnout of golfers.

“Because of the large amount of [corporals] and below, we had to put the sergeants with the [staff noncommissioned officers] on the second day,” Drake said.

Battalion camaraderie was at the forefront of the function. Having free time and enjoying themselves was on everyone’s mind.

“The [Marines and sailors] will be busy with all the upcoming training,” Drake said. “They need to take time off to relax and have to themselves.”

Lance Cpl. Samuel Cote, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist with CLB-8, was one of the many who experience golfing for the first time.

“I had a great time,” Cote said. “It’s a calm sport. I would absolutely love to do this again.”

Cote went on to say he’s looking forward to the next event the battalion will hold.

The unit has hosted several functions before this one and would like to have one every quarter, mentioned Drake.

“We did Operation Adrenaline Rush when we got back from our last deployment,” Cote said. “We went deep sea fishing, which was great. Our unit is good at keeping morale high.”

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