Golfers tee-offto raise money for Wounded Warriors by olliegoblue30


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Golfers tee-off to raise money for Wounded Warriors
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Chevron staff

   Sunshine peeked through the trees just after 6:30
a.m. on Monday while hundreds of golfers gathered at
Cottonwood Golf Club to raise money for active duty
Marines wounded or injured in the line of duty.
   Though it’s too early to tell how much was raised,
last year’s Wounded Marines Benefit Golf Tourna-
ment brought in about $40,000, according to Cherri
Barnswell, director, San Diego Armed Services
   Daryl Idler, co-owner of the club, donated the
course for the day’s event.
   "It’s unprecedented that you get a free golf course,"
said Barnswell. She said there are normally fees at-
tached to fundraisers like these, and was appreciative
of the unhindered support.
   One hundred percent of entry fees going directly
towards helping the local military is a picture of what
the community at large can do to support their mili-
tary, according to Barnswell.
   "It’s very typical of what the town wants to do for
these guys," said Barnswell. "People call us all the
time asking what they can do. Some give us a box of
Girl Scout cookies because that is all they have. Daryl
Idler has a golf course to offer; this is just more high       Wounded and recovering Marine from the Medical Hold Platoon at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Cpl. Jeffrey Valluzzi
                                                               tees off on hole 17 during the 2nd Annual Wounded Marines Benefit Golf Tournament at Cottonwood Golf Club on
profile. So many people want to help."                         Monday. Last year this event produced more than $40,000 that went directly to helping the Wounded Warriors at the
   That help was evident when 222 golfers showed up            Hospital. Staff Sgt. Jeff Janowiec/Chevron
to play. Each team was paired up with a service mem-
ber, some of whom were part of the wounded Marine                 "It is a really neat dynamic to have a Wounded                wounded Marines. Three years ago he made NMCSD
detachment at Naval Medical Center San Diego.                  Warrior or an active duty military member golfing                a regular stop to identify and meet the needs of the
   One of the reasons for the large turnout this year          along with the donors," said Catton. "That was the               injured and recovering service members.
was that service members volunteered for the outing,           huge draw and that is what makes this so special."                  It was during these visits that Joe Browning, the
said Brittany Catton, director of public relations and            Duncan Hunter, 52nd District congressman, was
development, San Diego Armed Services YMCA.                    instrumental in developing this golf outing for the                                                     SEE   Warriors, pg. 3

Corps honors Marine spouses during appreciation day
 L C. R W. B                greater risk for depression, substance
Chevron staff                                 abuse and weight gain, said Francisco,
                                              a 19-year military spouse.
   Depot spouses were treated to a free          Classes introduced solutions such
event hosted by Marine Corps Com-             as networking, dieting and exercising,
munity Services in accordance with            to problems spouses may face in the
the Commandant of the Marine Corps’           absence of their Marines.
designation of Military Spouse Appre-            “It’s easy to feel alone as a mili-
ciation Day Saturday.                         tary spouse sometimes, but this event
   The event gave spouses the oppor-          helped me meet other spouses and
tunity develop and enhance their skills       branch out,” said Lauren Clements,
through networking, education and             4-year military spouse and native of
fun activities.                               Detroit. “There were a lot of friendly
   “Military spouses are the back-            people who were very helpful and
bone of their Marines and they have           informative.”
the hardest job in the military,” said           Military spouses remain strong
Natalie Francisco, Marine Corps fam-          with the Marine Corps’ present high
ily team building coordinator. “It can        operational tempo and have succeeded in
be tough for them sometimes because           supporting mission accomplishment and
their husbands are always away from           family readiness. In the Commandant’s
home.”                                        message regarding spouse appreciation
   With their Marines gone on fre-            day, he encouraged all Marines to honor        Lauren Clements, a 4-year military spouse, attempts to walk in a straight line while wearing
quent deployments or demanding                our "Heroes at Home" and thank them            goggles that simulate intoxication. Spouses were offered classes during the event on how to
work schedules, spouses may be at a           for a job well done.                           overcome problems they may face while their Marines are away from home. Lance Cpl. Robert W. Beaver

                            MOTHER’S POEM                                     RECRUIT SPOTLIGHT
                                                                            Company L graduate finds freedom after escaping
                                                                                                                                     Billiards Tourney
                        Marine mother dedicates poem to her son and other
                                                                                     from warring Central Africa                         Headquarters and Service Battalion Marine
                                   recruits undergoing training
                                                                                                                                       dominates 43 players during a 9-ball tournament.

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Commandant’s message on underage drinking                                                                                                         BRIEFS

                                                                                                                                               Click to Save Lives: Schedule              TRICARE offers recourse, treatment for alcohol abuse
 C. G I                                              Special circumstances, like the Marine Corps Birthday Ball,            blood donation appointments
MCB Camp Pendleton                                                      must take place on base if the commander plans on allowing             with the click of a button.                 B P. S                               service members returning from combat
                                                                        underage Marines to consume alcohol.                                                                              TriWest Healthcare Alliance                     duty who try to self-medicate in hopes
    Underage Marines may be legally tipping their own alco-                Commanders must also ensure that appropriate controls are               e Naval Medical Center San                                                            of relieving such symptoms as difficulty
holic drinks at this year’s Marine Corps Ball because of a new          in place to prevent any mishaps for service members and the            Diego Blood Donor Center is pleased            As part of a proactive outreach             sleeping, irritability or anxiety - all com-
regulation released April 19.                                           community.                                                             to announce that blood donation            campaign, the Department of Defense             mon side effects of combat stress. But
    According to MARADMIN 266/07, commanders of mili-                      Marines who do not exhibit an appropriate level of respon-          appointments can now be scheduled          launched “at Guy,” a multimedia cam-           if le untreated, their problems can get
tary installations may allow Marines as young as 18-years-old           sibility may be denied alcohol consumption per their com-              online.                                    paign with the goal of reducing excessive       significantly worse,” cautions Dr. Blake
to consume alcohol during “justified special circumstances” or          mander’s guidance.                                                         Donors can select a convenient         drinking among service members, with a          Chaffee, vice president of Integrated
at the “conclusion of arduous military duty.”                              Marines who live on an installation overseas may now                time and location to donate blood for      campaign reminder, “Don’t be ‘that guy’         Health Care Services for TriWest Health-
    Also, Marines at duty stations overseas will be subject to          drink according to that culture’s standards, but are advised           military members in need through the       (or gal)!”                                      care Alliance.
that nation’s drinking age. Both revisions hinge on the instal-         that the regulation is a privilege, not a right. e regulation         Armed Services Blood Program by vis-           Although “at Guy” is the butt of               TriWest manages access to TRICARE
lation commander’s discretion.                                          also brings Marines up to par with fellow sailors while on float       iting and        many jokes, the affects of alcohol can have     services and providers throughout
    In a recent interview with the Marine Corps Times, Ser-             with an expeditionary unit.                                            clicking the blood drop button.            a significant impact on the health and          TRICARE’s 21-state West Region.
geant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Carlton Kent, said              Sgt. Maj. Kent said issues arose when underage sailors were             e new appointment scheduling          well-being of service members and those             Regardless of the reason for alcohol
that too many Camp Pendleton Marines cross the Mexican                  allowed to drink per the Navy’s international alcohol guide-           system allows donors to make appoint-      who love them.                                  abuse, help is always available. TRI-
border to celebrate “special circumstances” and end up ar-              lines, but Marines were le high and dry.                              ments to save lives 24-hours-a-day.            In fact, more than 16,000 active duty       CARE-eligible service members and their
rested or worse.                                                           Sgt. Maj. Kent said that he trusts Marines to act accord-           Once an appointment has been sched-        service members volunteered to complete         dependents can receive care at Military
    “Why not have drinking in a safe and controlled environ-            ingly, on land and sea. If they are treated like adults, they will     uled, donors will receive a confirma-      a Pentagon survey with results released         Treatment Facilities and TRICARE-net-
ment?” he concluded.                                                    act like adults, he said.                                              tion notice.                               earlier this year, showing that 44.5 percent    work behavioral health providers. In fact,
                                                                                                                                                   Outlook users have the option of       of respondents participated in “binge           eligible family members may attend up to

Depot Safety Office hosts
                                                                                                                                               adding the appointment to their Out-       drinking,” up from 41.8 percent in 2002.        eight behavioral health outpatient visits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Photo courtesy of TriWest Healthcare Alliance
                                                                                                                                               look calendar with the click of a link         Results also indicate higher rates of       each fiscal year (Oct. 1 to Sept. 30) without
                                                                                                                                               in the confirmation e-mail message.        heavy alcohol, cigarette and illicit drug       a referral.                                       from the drop-down menu.                               menu.
                                                                                                                                                   All who schedule appointments on-      use among those deployed from 2002 to               A printable brochure with an overview             TriWest also offers a Behavioral Health                TriWest’s Behavioral Health Crisis Line
                                                                                                                                               line will also be sent a reminder prior    2005 than among those who did not de-           of TRICARE-covered behavioral health              Portal at, with an                     is also staffed by clinicians 24-hours-a-day,

awareness fair, blood drive
                                                                                                                                               to the donation appointment.               ploy. e survey was the ninth in a series       care benefits and treatment options is            interactive map of resources by state, and             seven-days-a-week, at 1 (866) 284-3743.
                                                                                                                                                   e NMCSD Blood Donor Center            of similar surveys administered by the          available online at Select       a variety of self-help options and answers             Service members and family members are
                                                                                                                                               collects blood from the military, for      Pentagon about health-related behaviors         “Beneficiary Services,” then click on “Hand-      to frequently asked questions. To access               invited to use these resources if they feel
                                                                                                                                               the military. Each week a shipment         of active duty military.                        books, Brochures and Flyers,” and select          the portal from, select                there might be a problem. But, remember, if
                                                                                                                                               of blood is sent to the troops overseas.       “Alcohol abuse is common among              TRICARE Behavioral Health Care Services           “Behavioral Health” from the le navigation            there is an emergency, always call 911.
                                                                                                                                               Wherever the military goes, you will
                                                                                                                                               find blood donations from those who
                                                                                                                                               contribute to military blood collection

                                                                                                                                                                                              One page
                                                                                                                                               agencies like the NMCSD Blood Do-
                                                                                                                                               nor Center. Donors are needed every
                                                                                                                                               day to save the lives of troops overseas
                                                                                                                                               and their families at home. In fact, a

                                                                                                                                                                                              one song,
                                                                                                                                               single blood donation could save not
                                                                                                                                               just one, but up to three lives.

                                                                                                                                               Depot soccer team seeks new

                                                                                                                                                                                              one prayer:
                                                                                                                                                   The MCRD Soccer Team is seek-
                                                                                                                                               ing new talent for upcoming leagues.
                                                                                                                                               If you are interested in playing, con-
                                                                                                                                               tact varsity sports coordinator Rafa            R. P L. B
                                                                                                                                               Aceves at (619) 524-8382. All active           Marine mother
                                                                                                                                               duty personnel aboard the depot will
                                                                                                                                               be accepted. Players at any skill level            If I had just one page to write you, in that one
                                                                                                                                               are welcome.                                   page, what would I say?
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Would I speak of love or songs unsung, or
                                                                                                                                               Youth Physical Fitness                         dreams still dreamed today?
                                                                                                                                                                                                  What special moment would I take from life,
                                                                                                                                               Championships to be held at                    what word, what poem, what prayer?
                                                                                                                                               depot                                              To keep you strong as you go along life's jour-
                                                                                                                                                  The National High School Youth              ney from here to there?
                                                                                                                                               Physical Fitness Championships is                  If I had just one song to sing you, one melody
                                                                                                                                               scheduled to take place May 17 to 20           bright and fair, which one would I want your heart            A ball finally falls into the cup after three golfers missed the two-foot putt. Each group of local golfers were joined by one
                                                                                                                                               at the Depot soccer field. Approxi-            to remember, so that any burden, you could bear?              honorary guest, either a wounded Marine from NMCSD or a local service member. Staff Sgt. Jeff Janowiec/Chevron
                                                                                                                                               mately 150 students are expected to                Would it be a hymn of old, like " anchor
Capt. Patrick T. Grosso, food services officer, Food Services Division, has his blood pressure taken before donating blood in the Naval                                                                                                                                                                                        that we could extend ourselves and help. It’s the only
                                                                                                                                               participate in this year’s competition.        holds, and grips the Solid Rock?" or "Amazing                 Warriors, from pg. 1
Medical Center’s Blood Mobile here May 3. Grosso donates blood regularly. Lance Cpl. James Green/Chevron
                                                                                                                                               The United States Marines Youth                grace how sweet the sound..?" to take away your                                                                                  golf tournament of its kind in the world in that every-
                                                fied individuals.                                  “The event was a total success as it        foundation is coordinating the event.          care?                                                         tournament coordinator and the senior congressional                thing is donated for free (and the money goes directly
 L C. J G
                                                   “We received a total of 61 units             always is when we work with Safety,”           The foundation was incorporated in                 Would I repeat a whispered hope over until                liaison for Duncan Hunter, found there were inci-                  to the military members).”
Chevron Staff
                                                which is really good,” said Wendy               said Rekoski. “We will definitely be out       1967 to support the Youth Physical             your eyes could see it, your soul could reach it and          dentals not covered by the military such as flying the                Some of the service members who played in the
   Depot service members and guests             Mora, donor recruiter, NMCSD. “Each             here at the next event.”                       Fitness Program.                               your heart could take you there?                              wounded home for convalescent leave and bringing                   golf tournament had never played a day before in their
were given the opportunity to attend            unit of blood we received is able to help          The next depot safety function is              All are welcomed to attend.                     I will not only choose to give you love and faith,        wives to their husband’s sides for surgeries.                      lives, according to Staff Sgt. Victor Bachand, platoon
this quarter’s safety fair and blood            up to three people.”                            scheduled for the end of June.                                                                but a measure of grace amidst a battle's glare.                   Browning approached the Armed Services YMCA                    sergeant, Medical Hold Platoon, NMCSD.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Whether an earthly battlefield or one of the              and found out that if Hunter’s office and the com-                    Bachand said that events like this expose the
drive, which was coordinated here by                The four-hour fair left service mem-           For more information, contact the           Retail clothing branch closure
the Depot Safety Office May 3.                  bers both informed and anxious to see           Depot Safety Office at (619) 524-8769.                                                        heart and mind, you can rest your spirit in the               munity raised money, the YMCA would be able to use                 wounded Marines to new things and tighten up their
   The event’s participants included            what the next event will have in store.                                                           The Retail Clothing Branch will             truth of God's care.                                          it exclusively for those returning from combat and in              unit cohesion.
the California Highway Patrol, the                 “I’ve attended all the safety fairs                                                         be closed today for their semi-annual              ough we are a thousand miles away, anytime               need of assistance.                                                   "They are not Tiger Woods," said Bachand, who is
Motorcycle Safety Foundation, Moth-             since I have been here,” said Capt.                                                            wall-to-wall inventory. Cash Sales             or anywhere-grace, an unmerited favor, will burn                  With that in mind and with the opportunity Idler               originally from Anchorage, Alaska. "(But,) it brings
ers Against Drunk Driving, the U.S.             Patrick T. Grosso, food services of-                                                           will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.             its bright torch to sustain you, guide you, walk              provided, Browning was able to set things in motion                them together and without a doubt they always have a
Coast Guard Community Emergency                 ficer, Food Services Division. “I like to                                                      For more information, contact Elliot           beside you and light your way.                                for the tournament, which increased in size by more                good time doing something like this.
Response Team, the American Red                 see what new information they have to                                                          Threat at (619) 524-4468.                          is is my eternal, solemn prayer.                         than 25 percent since the first year it was held.                     "A successful event like this is great for morale," he
Cross, the Substance Abuse Counsel-             offer, and why not donate blood while I                                                                                                           Amen.                                                         “This was a result of the visitation of the service            said. "(Now)There are a lot of guys asking to go to the
ing Center, Family Advocacy and Naval           am here?”                                                                                      SEND BRIEF REQUESTS TO                                                                                       people,” said Browning. “We noticed this was an area               driving range."
Medical Center San Diego.                          Grosso, a native of Carson, Calif.,                                                The Chev-
   All of the vendors had something to          said he donates regularly, and having                                                          ron staff reserves the right to publish
offer to the attendees whether it was a         the Blood Mobile present at the fair                                                           only those briefs that comply with                                               PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTOR                PRESS CHIEF                           EDITOR                                              CHEVRON/PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE
                                                                                                                                               Department of Defense regulations                                                M. K A. L                 L C. J G                L C. C C                           1600 HENDERSON AVE. #120
T-shirt or useful information, but one          only made this chance to give back                                                                                                                                                                                                                 SAN DIEGO, CA 92140
                                                                                                                                               and the standards of the U.S. Govern-                                                                                                               
organization was there to get something         more convenient.                                                                                                                          ESTABLISHED 1943                                                                                                                                                              619 5248727
                                                                                                                                               ment.                                                                            DEPUTY DIRECTOR                        COMBAT CORRESPONDENTS
back.                                              Doreen Rekoski, blood donor re-                                                                                                                                              J M. H
                                                                                                                                                                                          COMMANDING GENERAL                                                           L C. A S
   The Naval Medical Center came on             cruiter, NMCSD, said that she is glad                                                                                                                                                   L C. R W. B
                                                                                                                                                                                          B. G. A S                                                                                           The Chevron, printed with appropriated funds in compliance with Marine Corps Order P5600.31F,
deck with their Blood Mobile ready              the Safety Office invited the Blood                                                                                                                                             PUBLIC AFFAIRS CHIEF                                                         is published by Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego personnel. Opinions and views expressed
                                                                                                Depot personnel donated a total of 61
to accept the gift of life in the form of       Mobile to be part of their event due to                                                                                                   SERGEANT MAJOR                        S S. J J                                                     herein are not necessarily those of the Marine Corps or the Department of Defense. The Chevron
                                                                                                units. Each unit of blood can help up to
generous blood donations from quali-            past success in donations.                                                                                                                S. M. B B. W                                                        is promulgated for informational purposes only and in no way should be considered directive in
                                                                                                three people. Lance Cpl. James Green/Chevron                                                                                                                                                                 nature. All photos are official USMC property unless otherwise indicated.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Cpl. Jonathan S. Molloy, Headquarters and Service Battalion, takes a penalty shot in the final game after being fouled by a desperate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             12th Marine Corps District player. Headquarters and Service Battalion defeated 12th MCD 76-65 in the championship game.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Hoop there it is, H&S Bn. takes week 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              L C. J G                    to reality as they swept the court,           levels were out of control."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Chevron staff                                leaving 3rd Bn. in the hall of shame             Support Bns.’ win led them to meet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          with a 37-50 loss.                            H&S in the championship game. Al-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                After seven weeks of Commanding              After 12th District’s earlier loss,        though they brought their game faces
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             General’s Cup five-on-five full court        they came back seeking a victory they         along, they came out in second place
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             basketball, Headquarters & Service           hoped would lead them to the cham-            as H&S dominated the ending in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Battalion came out on top, increasing        pionship. Despite their attempt, a vic-       65-76 victory.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             their lead for the CG’s Cup Wednes-          tory was not in store when they came             "I contribute this win to basketball
Headquarters and Service Battalion team members display their first-place trophy after dominating the                                                                                                                                        day.                                         face-to-face with Support Bn. 1, who          knowledge," said Jonathan S. Molloy,
Commanding General’s Cup basketball playoffs tournament Wednesday. Lance Cpl. James Green/Chevron photos                                                                                                                                        The day started with a Support Bn.        stole the game 38-41.                         H&S Bn. "We had too many people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             2 forfeit, which pushed 3rd Bn. to the          "I think 12th District gave all they       who knew about basketball to lose."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             next phase. The forfeit was followed         had against H&S and when it came                 After a brief on-court celebration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             by a close H&S Bn. win over 12th             time to play Support Bn. they had             consisting of high-fives and hand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Marine Corps District, 41-40.                nothing left," said Rachel Dickinson,         shakes, the quote of the season was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Next up was Support Bn. 1 seeking         CG’s Cup sports coordinator. "But by          re-iterated by Molloy’s teammate,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             a chance to take their ticket to the fi-     far, the game of the day was H&S and          Timothy Horton, "Molloy said, ‘We
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             nals against 3rd Bn. Their goal turned       12th District, the noise and energy           were going all the way,’ and we did."

                                                                                                            Corporal Ifairi Clarke, 12th District, leaps through the air to sink a two-pointer against H&S Bn. player Cpl. Timothy Horton.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             A 12th District player misses a shot at the hoop during the first game of the day against H&S Bn. They lost 41-40.

Corporal Jonathan
S. Molloy,
and Service
Battalion, takes
an uncontested
jump shot from
outside the key.                                                                                            Sergeant Marcus Watson gives 12th District a pep talk during a time-out inclosing minutes of the heated game against H&S Bn.
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Sudan native finds life-long dream of freedom
 L C. R W.             a United Nations refugee orga-
B                              nization. According to Chaw,
Chevron staff                       the administrative workers
                                    who screened and processed
    Throughout his life as a        the immigration applications                                                                                                                                                    Platoon 3255               Platoon 3250                 Platoon 3249            Platoon 3251          Platoon 3253                  Platoon 3254                  Platoon 3253                  Platoon 3253
                                                                                                                                                                                                             COMPANY HONOR MAN          SERIES HONOR MAN             PLATOON HONOR MAN       PLATOON HONOR MAN     PLATOON HONOR MAN             PLATOON HONOR MAN             HIGH PFT (300)               HIGH SHOOTER (237)
political refugee in Central        were often corrupt, which                                                                                                                                                Lance Cpl. N. Z. Turner    Lance Cpl. K. W. Gable Jr.   Pfc. S. R. Beck         Pfc. N. Q. Snaric     Pfc. J. Garibay Jr.                                         Pvt. S. V. Frankenbery       Pfc. N. P. Scovel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Pfc. P. D. Krein
Africa, one Company L Ma-           caused him to wait longer to                                                                                                                                             Sacramento                 Santa Ana, Calif.            Overland Park, Kansas   Missoula, Mont.       Redlands, Calif.              Fair Oaks, Calif.             Arlington, Texas             Fairfield, Calif.
rine has seen and heard stories                                                                                                                                                                              Recruited by               Recruited by                 Recruited by            Recruited by          Recruited by                  Recruited by                  Recruited by                 Recruited by
                                    be accepted.                                                                                                                                                             Staff Sgt. Andrew Hecker   Staff Sgt. Reno Guerrero     Gunnery Sgt. J. Rader   Sgt. A. Alvarado      Staff Sgt. R. Meza                                          Gunnery Sgt. J. Laiard       Sgt. E. Corner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Staff Sgt. G. Williams
about the United States Ma-             Chaw remained determined                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Platoon 2133

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             LIMA COMPANY
rines and the good deeds they       and was accepted for immi-
have done for his region.           gration to the United States
    Private First Class Majhok      nearly five years after his
Chaw, Platoon 3250, has spent       initial request.
most of his 24-year life travel-        The Lutheran Immigration                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. C. D. Pinkerton
ing thousands of miles across       and Refugee Service provided                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     *Pfc. C. E. Santanalara
four different countries by         Chaw with an airplane ticket                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pfc. N. P. Scovel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. B. J. Shearer
foot, searching for the same        to America, and supported                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pvt. S. M. White
freedoms the Marines pro-           him upon his arrival with a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Platoon 3254
vided his homeland.                 place to live and the finances                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Senior Drill Instructor
    "The Marines have done a        to receive an education.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Staff Sgt. R. H. Parker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Drill Instructors
lot of good things," said Chaw.         Shortly after he immigrated                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Staff Sgt. S. J. Henry
"I will never understand why        to the United States, the same                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Staff Sgt. G. W. Hurley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Staff Sgt. J. B. Lee
some crooks would attack            man who had caused Chaw
them. They fed and built wells      so much pain and suffering                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Pvt. P. E. Coggins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pfc. J. L. Gozrulak
for hundreds of innocent            returned to his life.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pvt. N. R. Grant
people."                                "I left Sudan to escape                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pfc. B. P. Green
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. A. G. Guest
    Civil war has plagued           from Bin Laden," said Chaw.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pvt. G. L. Harling
Sudan for the last several de-      "Soon after I got to America,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pvt. F. W. Hart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pfc. B. A. Hayden
cades. In 1983, the year Chaw       he bombed the World Trade           Private First Class Majhok Chaw, Platoon 3250, Company L, came to America in search of freedom. As a native                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pfc. J. R. Hill
                                                                        of war-torn Sudan, Chaw said he had seen and heard stories about the United States Marines keeping peace
was born, the recessed conf lict    Center. I feel like he is follow-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pvt. D. L. Hotaling
                                                                        in Central Africa. Now that he has become a Marine, he wants to fight for others to have the same freedom                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pvt. A. C. Ichord
between the North and the           ing me wherever I go."              he has found. Lance Cpl. Robert W. Beaver/Chevron                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            *Pfc. A. A. Imbeau
South was rekindled.                    Soon after Chaw acquired                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. E. J. Jurado-Payan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. A. S. Kochie Jr.
    As the civil war continued,     his associate degree from           ment. He said there is no time                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Pvt. L. M. Koenig
America’s most wanted ter-          Lansing Community College,          think and there are immedi-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pfc. P. D. Krein
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pfc. E. V. Kuebitz
rorist, Osama Bin Laden, took       in Lansing, Mich., he made          ate consequences for moving                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pfc. V. E. Lemke
refuge in politically unstable      the decision to join the Marine     slowly.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pfc. A. L. Limas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. D. G. Lohmoeller III
Sudan and began setting up          Corps.                                 Chaw said boot camp was                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pvt. D. R. Maciejewski
terrorist training camps and            "My friends questioned          not easy and his commitment                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pvt. T. R. Miller
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. K. P. Moore
torturing his native people,        my reasons for joining the          to helping others pushed him                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Pfc. P. J. Nathalia
Chaw said.                          Marines," said Chaw. "They          through training.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pfc. J. D. Nelson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pfc. E. R. Olmeda
    Chaw said the atrocities        don’t know what I have seen.           "Chaw was an outstanding                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pvt. E. R. Pagliai III
Bin Laden burdened upon his         I’m from Sudan and have seen        recruit," said Sgt. Juan Ro-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Pvt. C. J. Pauley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. A. P. Pierson
people caused him to f lee his      the suffering Bin Laden has         bledo, senior drill instructor,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pfc. D. H. Porter
home country, and account for       caused on countless people.         Platoon 3250, and a native of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pvt. A. J. Reyes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. C. T. Richardson
the deaths of all his immedi-       Joining the Marines is the          Diboll, Texas. "He had a high                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pfc. E. Saucedo
ate family members except for       least I can do."                    maturity level and was always                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pvt. B. D. Siekman
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sergeant Keish Levingston, drill instructor, Platoon 3249, Company L, talks to his recruits before heading back to the squad bay after chow. Lance Cpl. James Green                                                Pfc. W. A. Speaker
his sister, who is currently a          Enlisting as an infantry-       motivated when helping other                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Pfc. D. F. Stapler
refugee in Ethiopia.                man, Chaw wants to protect          recruits."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Third Recruit            Pvt. B. W. Carter       Pvt. Z. L. Edelstein    Pfc. V. C. Pugliese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. D. H. Steele
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. C. L. Treasure
    "Being a refugee is tough       innocent people just as the            Chaw said his rough past                                                                                                                                                                                                                Training Battalion       Pvt. E. Castellanos     Pvt. A. W. Ellis        Pfc. A. V. Qualey        Pvt. K. A. Tucker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Commanding Officer       Pvt. R. C. Chandler     Pvt. J. M. Ewald        Pvt. M. W. Robbins
and I’ll never wish that life-      Marines defended Central            has shown him that freedom                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Lt. Col. R. W. Jones     Pvt. J. J. Chaney       Pvt. T. A. Fischer      Pfc. T. J. Sadowski
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. C. A. Turtureanu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. J. J. Vega
style on anyone," said Chaw.        Africa during their presence        is not free. He has lost count-                                                                                                                                                                                                            Acting Battalion         *Pfc. J. R. Chittick    Pvt. A. Flores          Pvt. C. S. Sanchez       Pvt. M. A. Verduzco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sergeant Major           Pvt. D. R. Clark        Pfc. C. B. Foss         *Pfc. J. K. Schannep
"You’re not welcomed any-           in 1993.                            less native brothers and sisters                                                                                                                                                                                                           1st Sgt. B. M. Link      Pvt. A. F. Connell      Pvt. D. C. Foster       Pvt. M. B. Schneider
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. J. Villarreal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     *Pfc. D. M. Vonderhaar
where as a refugee, especially          “He wanted to give back         during troubled times as a                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Battalion Chaplain       Pvt. D. L. Covington    Pvt. V. O. Franklin     Pvt. J. Silvaalvarez     Pvt. S. H. Wilson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lt. R. T Rinaldi         Pvt. J. J. Daniel       Pvt. J. L. Franklin     *Pfc. N. Q. Snaric
the place where you were cur-       to the country that accepted        refugee, he said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Battalion Drill          *Pfc. R. W. Dyer        Jr.                     Pvt. G. L. Southard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     *Pfc. J. T. Wood

rently staying."                    him,” said Staff Sgt. Jerry            Immigrating to America                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Master                   Pvt. D. Elizondo        *LCpl. K. W. Gable      Pvt. T. D. Taylor        Platoon 3255
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Staff Sgt. D. A.         Pvt. D. P. Engel        Jr.                     Pvt. B. M. Thomp-
    As a refugee, Chaw lived off    Grondziak, Chaw’s recruiter         has given Chaw the free-                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lopez                    Pvt. M. A. Esparza      Pvt. A. S. Garrett      son
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Senior Drill Instructor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Staff Sgt. J. J. Dean
little food and water daily. He     and a native of Vedford, Mich.      dom he has been searching                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Pvt. J. G. Fischer      Pfc. B. S. Gelesko      Pvt. Z. J. Vaughn        Drill Instructors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Company L                Pvt. J. Gonzales        Pvt. J. D. Gramer       Pvt. C. G. Weller
lived in unsanitary conditions      “A lot of immigrants come           for throughout his life-long                                                                                                                                                                                                               Commanding Officer       Pvt. N. A. Mohaupt      Pfc. J. D. Hafich       Pfc. C. K. Williams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sgt. R. Kolveck Jr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sgt. M. Pirozzi
and was provided with inad-         through here but few join the       struggle. Today’s graduation                                                                                                                                                                                                               Capt. M. T.              Pvt. C. A. Olm-         *Pfc. R. C. Hama-       Pvt. J. N. Young         Sgt. S. A. Mahoe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Schnakenberg             schield                 dani
equate health care.                 military. For Chaw to fight for     places him one step closer to                                                                                                                                                                                                              Company First            Pfc. W. Parker          Pvt. N. J. Pargoff      Platoon 3253             Pfc. C. B. Bradford
    He was also a part of a         a place he is not from really       his burning desire to give in-                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sergeant                 Pvt. A. D. Robertson    Pvt. N. A. Pargoff      Senior Drill Instruc-    Pfc. G. A. Chang
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   1st Sgt. D. M.           Pvt. R. J. Robertson    Pfc. M. A. Schwarz      tor
group known as the “Lost            says a lot about his character.”    nocent people what America                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Reaves                   Pvt. N. Roman                                   Sgt. I. S. Orta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. R. W. McDaniel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pfc. P. Memarihossainzadeh
Boys,” which is a group of              Coming to boot camp was a       has given him.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pvt. M. Saechao         Platoon 3251            Drill Instructors        Pvt. D. P. Milburn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lead Series              Pvt. W. E. Sprague      Senior Drill Instruc-   Sgt. E. M. Smack
young men in Africa who lost        culture shock to Chaw, but in          "America has given me the                                                                                                                                                                                                               Series Commander         III                     tor                     Sgt. S. Berkoz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. D. A. Moore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. C. L. Moran
their families and were forced      some ways similar to his past.      freedom I have been searching                                                                                                                                                                                                              Capt. J. E. Boyer        Pvt. P. D. Stearns      Staff Sgt. J. A.        Sgt. F. Madrigal Jr.     Pfc. S. A. Moyer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Chief Drill Instructor   Pvt. J. A. Taylor       Baum
to care for themselves.             He said the mental stress that      for my whole life," said Chaw.                                                                                                                                                                                                             Gunnery Sgt. J. W.       Pvt. V. Tsung           Drill Instructors       Pfc. R. Baylard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. C. B. Nelson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. J. D. Noel
    In 1995, Chaw was given         his drill instructors put on his    "Freedom is something worth                                                                                                                                                                                                                Johnson                  Pvt. C. M. Wolbeck      Staff Sgt. M. M.        Pfc. M. J. Bell          Pvt. D. M. Oxley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Salinas                 Pvt. S. F. Blair
the opportunity to file for im-     platoon was similar to how it       giving your life for to ensure      Private First Class Majhok Chaw reads his Bible Tuesday while on bed                                                                                                                                   Follow Series            Platoon 3250            Staff Sgt. M. D.        *Pfc. A. I. Boley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. J. R. Palcisko
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pfc. J. M. Plato
migration to America through        is to be in a warring environ-      future generations have it."        rest due to an injury he sustained in training. Lance Cpl. Robert W. Beaver/Chevron                                                                                                                    Series Commander         Senior Drill Instruc-   Stout                   Pvt. D. I. Camacho       Pvt. T. R. Raines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Capt. E. A. Lofland      tor                     Staff Sgt. R. J.        Pvt. J. L. Cooper        Pvt. J. W. Rigsby
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Chief Drill Instructor   Sgt. J. C. Robledo      Alexander               Pfc. A. H. Eadie         Pvt. L. I. Robles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Staff Sgt. C. A.         Drill Instructors                               Pfc. J. A. Erwin         *Pfc. F. Rosales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Delgado                  Sgt. R. Smith           Pvt. A. J. Benavides    Pfc. J. Figueroa         Pvt. W. E. Sandberg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sgt. E. K. Kaaihue      Pfc. S. M. Castillo     Pvt. B. A. Fisher
          Col. Art Corbett                 Station Richmond, Va. and as com-
                                           manding officer of Recruiting Station
                                                                                       naissance School, U.S. Navy Scuba
                                                                                       School, and U.S. Army Airborne, Ski
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Platoon 3249
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Senior Drill Instruc-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sgt. R. E. Johnson II   Pvt. C. L.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pfc. J. D. Flinn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pvt. S. V. Franken-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     *Pfc. T. J. Schmitter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pfc. S. M. Short
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. B. C. Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tor                      Pvt. C. J. Allen        Pvt. A. Duong           bery
         PARADE REVIEWING OFFICER          San Diego.                                  Instructor and Ranger Schools.                                                                                                                                                                                              Sgt. M. D. Tilus         Pvt. E. O. Aloralrea    Pvt. J. M. Dusen-       Pvt. G. J. Free
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. J. D. Spears
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. T. P. Stewart
                                              He has served on the Navy Staff in          Additionally, Corbett has attended                                                                                                                                                                                       Drill Instructors        Pfc. C. D. Ay-          bery                    Pfc. J. Garibay Jr.      *Pfc. S. J. Stump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sgt. W. Algarin-         alachavez               Pfc. J. A. Espinoza     Pfc. M. A. Gonzalez
   Colonel Art Corbett was born and        the office of operations and concepts.      formal instruction at the Amphibious                                                                                                                                                                                        Mendoza                  Pfc. S. A. Baca         Pvt. J. D. Gerlach      Pfc. L. A. Hatton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pfc. C. D. Sturdevant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. K. J. Temm
raised in Philadelphia and was com-        He was the first commanding officer         Warfare School, the Marine Corps                                                                                                                                                                                            Sgt. K. A. Lev-          Pvt. C. S. Bacon        Pvt. A. J. Hird         Pvt. B. R. Henson        Pfc. D. M. Thiele
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ingston                  Pvt. J. D. Barba        Pfc. N. S. Hogan        Pvt. B. J. Hodges
missioned through the Naval Reserve        of the Chemical-Biological Incident         University School of Advanced Warf-                                                                                                                                                                                         Sgt. D. J. Rodriguez     Pvt. J. L. Baum         Pfc. D. W. Hulick       Pvt. J. P. Joiner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. D. L. Tondera
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. J. A. Tucker
Officer Training Corps program             Response Force in Indian Head, Md.          ighting and the Naval War College of                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Pvt. D. J. Belli        Pvt. J. A. Hull         Pvt. M. J. Keenan        *LCpl. N. Z. Turner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pfc. A. D. Ambrose       *Pfc. M. J. Bissard     Pvt. M. J. Ingram       *Pfc. K. R. Knaak
at Villanova University where he              Prior to assuming his duties as the      Command and Staff, where he earned                                                                                                                                                                                          Pvt. J. S. Arteaga       Pvt. P. R. Boothroyd    Pvt. T. M. Johns        Pvt. G. S. Knoles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pfc. J. E. Tuuri
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. A. Z. Vigil
received a Bachelor of Arts degree in      director of warfighting requirements        a Master of Arts degree in strategic                                                                                                                                                                                        Pvt. D. A. Austin        Pvt. J. J. Borba        *Pfc. D. T. Johnston    Pvt. J. C. Knorr         Pvt. L. D. Walker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pfc. T. A. Bailey        Pvt. J. L. Burell Jr.   Pvt. D. H. Kern         Pvt. R. E. Knudson
political science in 1978.                 at Marine Corps Combat Develop-             and international studies.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pvt. I. A. Bates         Pvt. J. Campecha-       Pvt. J. R. Kilishek     Pvt. P. D. Kuntz
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. J. G. Wallis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. S. A. Wells
   Corbett is an infantry officer and      ment Command, he served as the                 Corbett is also a graduate of the                                                                                                                                                                                        *Pfc. S. R. Beck         nocruz                  Pvt. C. A. Kitten       Pfc. J. A. La Fave       Pvt. A. S. Wertish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pvt. F. A. Begay         Pfc. T. M. Cantu        Pfc. N. A. Law          Pvt. B. A. Lenzie
has served as a reconnaissance pla-        amphibious plans officer at Supreme         United States Army War College at                                                                                                                                                                                           Pvt. A. G. Bonilla       Pvt. J. J. Carnes       Pvt. A. R. McClure      Pvt. R. F. Lunbeck
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pvt. M. R. Whittaker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pfc. A. G. Wilcox
toon and headquarters company com-         Headquarters Allied Powers Europe,          Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.                                                                                                                                                                                            Pfc. C. J. Boyce         Pfc. C. E. Carter II    Pvt. B. M. McSherry     Pvt. J. E. Macpher-      Pfc. S. W. Williams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pfc. C. R. Brantley      Pfc. M. N. Chaw         Pvt. T. L. Miller       son
mander, a rifle company commander          Belgium.                                       Corbett assumed his current duty                                                                                                                                                                                         Pvt. J. A. Bro           Pvt. D. C. Conner Jr.   Pvt. A. P. Moore        Pvt. J. Magaña
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pfc. C. R. Winkler
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pfc. R. M. Zaldivar
and a weapons company commander.              His military qualification courses       as the commanding officer of 12th                                                                                                                                                                                           Pvt. J. A. Burris        Pvt. N. T. Connors      Pvt. A. J. Muller       Pfc. B. E. Manning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pvt. J. T. Camarena      Pvt. A. J. Cox          Pvt. D. A. Nuzum        Pfc. M. J. McCabe
   He has served as the operations         include the Marine Corps Infantry           Marine Corps District, Western Re-                                                                                                                                                                                          Pfc. F. E. Campu-        Pvt. M. A. Cromwell     Pvt. N. R. Phillips     Pvt. C. D. Melton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     *Meritorious promotion

and executive officer for Recruiting       Officer Course, Amphibious Recon-           cruiting Region in July of 2004.                                                                           Private First Class Walter Parker, Platoon 3249 packs his sea bag Wednesday in                                   zano                     Pvt. K. L. Curtis       Pvt. A. J. Prend-       Pfc. A. R. Mitchell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pvt. A. J. Cannon II     Pvt. J. P. Dolan        ergast                  Pvt. M. D. Petties
                                                                                                                                                                                                  prepartion for graduatopn today. Lance Cpl. James Green/Chevron photos
8                                                                                CHEVRON | SPORTS | MAY 11, 

Second place winner George Saubon, Marine Corps Community Services, has been playing pool for 10 years. Saubon and three other MCCS employees made it to the final four. Lance Cpl. Charlie Chavez/Chevron

H&S Bn. pockets 9-ball tourney
in the race for CG’s Cup points
                                                                                      L C. C C                                  over the table."
                                                                                     Chevron staff                                                     McKinney won the first of the three games
                                                                                                                                                   against Saubon. Yet, Saubon, not to be outplayed,
                                                                                         Headquarters and Service Battalion won the                won the second.
                                                                                     Commanding General’s Cup billiards tournament                     In the final game of the trilogy, Saubon missed
                                                                                     at the depot recreation center Tuesday.                       the last three last balls, which were returned by
                                                                                         More than 40 players showed up for the tourna-            McKinney for the win.
                                                                                     ment, which made for good competition between                     In the match for third place, Al Major of MCCS
                                                                                     the pool sharks.                                              beat John Lowery, who is also from MCCS, in the
                                                                                         e number of players dwindled toward the                  first two games. Reigning champion, Cpl. Brent E.
                                                                                     championship match. Playing the best two of three             Stevenson, H&S Bn., was not as focused as last year
                                                                                     games, the intensity jumped when Lance Cpl.                   and was eliminated early in the competition.
                                                                                     Ryan K. McKinney swept the double-elimination                     "ere were 30 competitors last year and this
                                                                                     tournament to play Marine Corps Community                     year we had 44," said Rachel Dickinson. "We plan
                                                                                     Service’s George Saubon.                                      to have more billiards tournaments as the competi-
                                                                                         "ere was a lot of stiff competition this year,           tion grows."
                                                                                     which made for an exciting tournament. I can’t                    e next CG’s Cup scheduled event is soball.
                                                                                     wait to come out again next year," said McKinney.             For more information, contact Dickinson at (619)
                                                                                     "I have basically been playing pool since I could see         524-0548.

Lance Cpl. Ryan K. McKinney, Headquarters & Service Battalion, swept
the tournament undefeated. McKinney has played pool sine he was 3
years old. Lance Cpl. Charlie Chavez/Chevron                                         The game of 9-ball requires players to numerically pocket balls from one to nine. Lance Cpl. Charlie Chavez/Chevron

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