U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

 

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

MARFORPAC celebrates annual family day

By Lance Cpl. Ronald Stauffer | July 25, 2008

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Maria (left) and Elizabeth, daughters of Petty Officer 2nd Class Ademola Junaid, religious programer for U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, pet goats at a mobile petting zoo during the Headquarters and Service Battalion family day July 25 here.

Maria (left) and Elizabeth, daughters of Petty Officer 2nd Class Ademola Junaid, religious programer for U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, pet goats at a mobile petting zoo during the Headquarters and Service Battalion family day July 25 here. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Ronald W. Stauffer)


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Ariel, step daughter of Sgt. Wendell Smith, the maintenance noncommissioned officer in charge for U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Motor Transportation, slides down the slip-and-slide as her sister Jewels prepares to follow her, during the HQ&SVC BN family day July 25 here.

Ariel, step daughter of Sgt. Wendell Smith, the maintenance noncommissioned officer in charge for U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Motor Transportation, slides down the slip-and-slide as her sister Jewels prepares to follow her, during the HQ&SVC BN family day July 25 here. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Ronald W. Stauffer)


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Lt. Col.  John Sharkey, HQ&SVC BN's executive officer, shows his 'esprit de corps' as he gets dropped into the dunk tank by Marines and their famalies during the Headquarters and Service Battalion family day July 25 here.

Lt. Col. John Sharkey, HQ&SVC BN's executive officer, shows his 'esprit de corps' as he gets dropped into the dunk tank by Marines and their famalies during the Headquarters and Service Battalion family day July 25 here. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Ronald W. Stauffer)


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CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii -- Personnel with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and their families spent an afternoon celebrating family day at Bordelon Field July 25 here.

As families scattered around the field, they enjoyed partaking in several events, such as a mobile petting zoo with pony rides, inflatable slip-and-slide, dunk tank, bounce house, K-9 demonstration and a barbecue lunch.   

“My family had a great day,” said Sgt. David Oliver. “My daughter enjoyed the ponies the most.”

Oliver said it was a good turn out and he hopes the unit keeps doing this every year.

The event was also designed for MARFORPAC personnel to meet and socialize with each other.

“Family Day is a great way for us to greet and welcome the families of Marines who have recently joined the unit,” said Col. Cosmas Spofford, MARFORPAC Headquarters and Service Battalion commanding officer.  “Everyone here works hard, and Family Day is one of the few opportunities to bring everyone together.”

Despite the events taking place around the field, the grand prize of the day and what MARFORPAC members paid to see was the “pie in the face”.

To raise money for the Enlisted Marine Corps birthday ball, Marines and sailors nominated people in the command who they wanted to get hit with a pie by paying 25 cents per vote.  The top four with the most money raised sat down and were wrapped with plastic.  An auction was held to see who would deliver the pie to their faces.

These weren’t the traditional pies.  The victims of the event; Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Jay Stuckey, force chaplain master chief, Master Gunnery Sgt. CT Gregoire, Battalion Operations Section antiterrorism force protection officer, Master Gunnery Sgt. Steve Williams, MARFORPAC operations chief, and William Callahan, MARFORPAC Operations deputy assistant chief of staff, got their cherry filling and whipped cream, but also a taste of mustard, ketchup and honey mixed in.

Although it was messy mix, there were no hard feelings.

“It was an awesome feeling to have Marines, sailors and civilians of my MARFORPAC's family bidding on how (much) it would cost to hit me in the face with a pie,” Stuckey said. "It's a wonderful thing to give back to our enlisted junior Marines and sailors.”

  Stuckey said he was happy to have raised the largest amount of money during the auction and to taste some honey, mustard and ketchup for the next three days.

  “Based on the feedback I received and the number of people that attended, this year's event was successful,” Spofford said.