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Marine Corps Base Quantico

"Crossroads of the Marine Corps"

MCBQ Field Meet means fun in mud

By Lance Cpl. Cameron Storm | | March 25, 2014

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The Marines of Service Co., Headquarters and Service Bn., struggle to pull the rope back during the tug-of-war event of the Marine Corps Base Quantico base-wide field meet. Service Co. won the tug-of-war event which secured their overall victory for the meet.

The Marines of Service Co., Headquarters and Service Bn., struggle to pull the rope back during the tug-of-war event of the Marine Corps Base Quantico base-wide field meet. Service Co. won the tug-of-war event which secured their overall victory for the meet. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Storm)


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A Marine slides through the mud during the tug-of-war event of the Marine Corps Base Quantico Field Meet held at Butler Stadium on March 21, 2014. The Marines and sailors from MCBQ competed in several events like relays, games, and weapons disassembly and assembly.

A Marine slides through the mud during the tug-of-war event of the Marine Corps Base Quantico Field Meet held at Butler Stadium on March 21, 2014. The Marines and sailors from MCBQ competed in several events like relays, games, and weapons disassembly and assembly. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Storm)


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The Navy corpsmen stationed on Marine Corps Base Quantico, pull hard on a rope during the tug-of-war event during the basewide field meet held at Butler Stadium on March 21, 2014. They were the only non-Marine team to compete in the meet and placed in two events, weapons assembly and an exercise relay.

The Navy corpsmen stationed on Marine Corps Base Quantico, pull hard on a rope during the tug-of-war event during the basewide field meet held at Butler Stadium on March 21, 2014. They were the only non-Marine team to compete in the meet and placed in two events, weapons assembly and an exercise relay. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Storm)


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A Marine from Marine Corps Air Facility pulls on the rope during the tug-of-war event for the Marine Corps Base Quantico Field Meet on March 21, 2014, at Butler Stadium. Several teams from all over the base competed in the event.

A Marine from Marine Corps Air Facility pulls on the rope during the tug-of-war event for the Marine Corps Base Quantico Field Meet on March 21, 2014, at Butler Stadium. Several teams from all over the base competed in the event. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Storm)


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Marines from Marine Corps Embassy Security Group pull on a rope during the tug-of-war event of the Marine Corps Base Quantico Field Meet held on March 21, 2014, at Butler Stadium. More than 15 teams from all over MCBQ participated in the meet with Service Co. winning the whole event.

Marines from Marine Corps Embassy Security Group pull on a rope during the tug-of-war event of the Marine Corps Base Quantico Field Meet held on March 21, 2014, at Butler Stadium. More than 15 teams from all over MCBQ participated in the meet with Service Co. winning the whole event. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Storm)


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The Navy corpsmen stationed on Marine Corps Base Quantico, perform the maneuver under fire section of the Marines Combat Fitness Test during the basewide field meet held at Butler Stadium on March 21, 2014. They were the only non-Marine team to compete in the meet and placed in two events, weapons assembly and an exercise relay.

The Navy corpsmen stationed on Marine Corps Base Quantico, perform the maneuver under fire section of the Marines Combat Fitness Test during the basewide field meet held at Butler Stadium on March 21, 2014. They were the only non-Marine team to compete in the meet and placed in two events, weapons assembly and an exercise relay. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Storm)


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Service Co., Headquarters and Service Bn., pose with the championship trophies for the Marine Corps Base Quantico basewide field meet on March 21, 2014, at Butler Stadium. More than 15 teams competed in the meet with Service Co. winning the overall event.

Service Co., Headquarters and Service Bn., pose with the championship trophies for the Marine Corps Base Quantico basewide field meet on March 21, 2014, at Butler Stadium. More than 15 teams competed in the meet with Service Co. winning the overall event. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Luna)


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A Marine pulls a rope during the tug-of-war section of the Marine Corps Base Quantico basewide field meet on March 21, 2014, at Butler Stadium. The Marines competed in relays, games and a tug-of-war.

A Marine pulls a rope during the tug-of-war section of the Marine Corps Base Quantico basewide field meet on March 21, 2014, at Butler Stadium. The Marines competed in relays, games and a tug-of-war. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Luna)


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The Marines of Marine Corps Embassy Security Group pull a Humvee during the basewide field meet held on March 21, 2014, at Butler Stadium. More than 15 teams competed in several events like relays, games and tug-of-war.

The Marines of Marine Corps Embassy Security Group pull a Humvee during the basewide field meet held on March 21, 2014, at Butler Stadium. More than 15 teams competed in several events like relays, games and tug-of-war. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Luna)


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The Marines of Service Co., Headquarters and Service Bn., wait to grab the rope for the tug-of-war event of the Marine Corps Base Quantico basewide field meet held at Butler Stadium. Service Co. won the event which secured their overall victory for the meet.

The Marines of Service Co., Headquarters and Service Bn., wait to grab the rope for the tug-of-war event of the Marine Corps Base Quantico basewide field meet held at Butler Stadium. Service Co. won the event which secured their overall victory for the meet. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Storm)


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A Marine from Marine Corps Base Quantico runs a lap during a mile relay race for the basewide field meet held at Butler Stadium on March 21, 2014. The base came together to compete in multiple events that included relays, games and a tug-of-war.

A Marine from Marine Corps Base Quantico runs a lap during a mile relay race for the basewide field meet held at Butler Stadium on March 21, 2014. The base came together to compete in multiple events that included relays, games and a tug-of-war. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Storm)


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A Marine disassembles a M240B automatic weapon system during the basewide field meet held on March 21, 2014, at Butler Stadium. Several teams from all over the base competed in the event.

A Marine disassembles a M240B automatic weapon system during the basewide field meet held on March 21, 2014, at Butler Stadium. Several teams from all over the base competed in the event. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Luna)


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Marines from Marine Corps Base Quantico pull a Humvee during the basewide field meet held on March 21, 2014, at Butler Stadium. More than 15 teams competed in several events like relays, games and tug-of-war.

Marines from Marine Corps Base Quantico pull a Humvee during the basewide field meet held on March 21, 2014, at Butler Stadium. More than 15 teams competed in several events like relays, games and tug-of-war. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Luna)


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Lance Cpl. Jonathan Cerecedes from Special Reaction Team, Security Bn., prepares to begin the maneuver under fire section of the Marine Combat Fitness Test for the Marine Corps Base Quantico basewide field meet held at Butler Stadium on March 21, 2014. More than 15 teams competed in the meet with Service Co., Headquarters and Service Bn., winning the whole event.

Lance Cpl. Jonathan Cerecedes from Special Reaction Team, Security Bn., prepares to begin the maneuver under fire section of the Marine Combat Fitness Test for the Marine Corps Base Quantico basewide field meet held at Butler Stadium on March 21, 2014. More than 15 teams competed in the meet with Service Co., Headquarters and Service Bn., winning the whole event. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Luna)


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Marines pull a Humvee in one of the events for the first-ever Marine Corps Base Quantico Field Meet held at Butler Stadium on March 21, 2014. The Marines competed in relays, games and a tug-of-war to see who would win the trophy.

Marines pull a Humvee in one of the events for the first-ever Marine Corps Base Quantico Field Meet held at Butler Stadium on March 21, 2014. The Marines competed in relays, games and a tug-of-war to see who would win the trophy. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Storm)


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Col. David Maxwell, the base commander for Marine Corps Base Quantico, presents the championship trophy to the Marines of Service Co., Headquarters and Service Bn., after they won the first-ever base field meet in Butler Stadium on March 21, 2014. Service Co. won the meet by taking first in tug-of-war, the final event of the day.

Col. David Maxwell, the base commander for Marine Corps Base Quantico, presents the championship trophy to the Marines of Service Co., Headquarters and Service Bn., after they won the first-ever base field meet in Butler Stadium on March 21, 2014. Service Co. won the meet by taking first in tug-of-war, the final event of the day. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Storm)


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MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. --

Marine Corps Base Quantico held its first ever basewide field meet March 21, 2014, at Butler Stadium. More than 15 teams represented the different units and sections throughout the base, competing in multiple different events.

Training and Education Co. took the early lead, winning the first event, the maneuver under fire section of the combat fitness test when their five representatives had the lowest total time. In second and third place were Weapons Training Bn. and Marine Corps Embassy Security Group, respectively.

The second event was the “Dizzy Izzy” where competitors would run from a starting point to a baseball bat about 20 yards away, put their forehead to the knob of the bat and the barrel on the ground and spin around 10 times. Once they completed their rotations, and were thoroughly dizzy, they would run back to their team so the next competitor could go.

While it wasn’t nearly as physically demanding as the maneuver under fire, it made everyone laugh at the difficulty the competitors were having just staying on their feet.

Several competitors fell from being so dizzy and a few ran sideways out of the playing field, and Service Co. won the event with MSG in second and TECO in third.

Overall TECO held the lead with eight points, followed by MSG with seven and Service Co. with five.

The next event was the vehicle pull. Each team had 10 representatives pull a Humvee as fast as they could across a parking lot. The teams showed off their strength during this event and made the pulls seem easy.

“I think next time we should have a 7-ton pull instead of these HMMWVs,” said Col. Robin Gallant, the commanding officer for H&S Bn.

Other competitions included a relay race where teams had to complete a set number of laps around the track, push-ups, squats and pull-ups. Another event was a weapons disassembly and reassembly race where the competitors broke down, rebuilt and function checked an M240B.

The final event was a tug-of-war that was originally supposed to happen in the middle of the field, but Gallant saw a muddy area a little away from the field and suggested the competition move over there.

Going into the tug-of-war, Weapons Training Bn. was in the lead with 14 points, TECO was in second with 12 points, and MSG was in third with 11 points.

The teams struggled against each other and tried to stay on their feet on the muddy foot-churned ground.

After several slips and falls in the mud, one team stood victorious. Service Co. won in the final round against Security Bn. earning 10 points putting them ahead of WTBn. by one point.

After the event, the teams gathered around the trophies for the award ceremony where Col. David Maxwell, the base commander, presented Service Co. with the three trophies for the day. One will be kept in the Headquarters and Service Bn. building, one in the Barber Activity Center and one to be kept in the Service Co. main office.

“We had a great time today,” said Staff Sgt. Evelyn Herring, the battalion Uniform Victim Advocate and a leader in Service Co. “I was surprised we won the tug-of-war but that doesn’t make me any less proud.”

The day went relatively smooth, with the only real complaint being the easier-than-expected Humvee pull. Capt. Ross Garnett, the H&S Bn. supply and safety officer, did his best to make sure all the angles were covered.

“We started planning this about two months ago,” said Garnett. “Our goal was to make the event run seamlessly and, for the most part, we succeeded. When we do this again, we will have all the information we learned today and, during our planning stages, that will help us make the next field meet, that much better.”

At the conclusion of the contest, third place was held by MSG, in second was Weapons Training Bn.

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1 Comments


  • LCPl G6 124 days ago
    We may have been disqualified but we went out in style. G6!

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