MCLB builds camaraderie

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

MCLB-ALBANY, Ga. -- Even those who work around the clock to ensure the nation's bravest are safe need a break every now and then.

That's a cause Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany fully supports.

A company under the Marine Corps Logistics Command there, Headquarters Company East, conducted a field meet for the Marines of LOGCOM Friday.

1st Sgt. Shane Henson, who had a hand in pulling the event together, said this is something the company does once every two to three months.

"It's to get them out of the office and blow off some steam and have a good time. These Marines have a very special job," he said.

"This is so they can do something else other than be stressed. Anything that gets them from their desk helps."

The company's primary responsibility is dealing with the needs of Marines in Afghanistan, Henson said.

"If the Marines overseas have their hands on it, we have our hands on it."

The events on Friday included horseshoes, volleyball, softball and flag football. A total of 200 Marines chose to participate.

"We try to do different things quarterly," Henson said. "We try to do this as much as possible. Over the past two years, camaraderie and brotherhood have increased significantly."

Gunnery Sgt. John Hassel, who works as the operations chief for LOGCOM, also has a role in planning such events.

"It's good to get everyone together," he said. "The (office) sections are broken up, so we don't get to see each other. It's good to get away from the office and away from work.

"A lot of the Marines appreciate it."

As one of the event's coordinators, Hassel said he was pleased with Friday's turnout.

"They love to do it," he said. "It helps them interact with other Marines in the command."

Lance Cpl. Saerina Nolan is six months pregnant, so volleyball was really the only activity she was able to participate in. Even so, she appreciates the opportunity just the same.

"It brings us all together, and it helps everyone make sure we know each other," she said.

Friday was her first time participating in such an event, and she plans on doing it again.

"I would definitely do it again. Our job, making sure we are supporting the warfighter, is stressful."