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Volume 7, Number 47                                                                           www.yuma.usmc.mil                                                                                               Nov. 26, 2008



Thumb drives get boot from all Marine computers
                                                      vices using flash technology.                              This requires Marines to log in and out between          Marines are using other means to transfer infor-
           Lance Cpl. Gregory Aalto                      The reason for the change, according to the mes-     different computers.                                     mation as well, but at a cost.
              Desert Warrior Staff                    sage, was to defend against “credible and substantial      “If someone is already signed in on the computer,        At IPAC, Marines now use 15-20 CDs a day
                                                      threat to Marine Corps networks.”                       you would have restart it, but if it’s logged out,       instead of USB drives.
                                                         The likely cause of the flash lockdown is a Trojan   it only takes like 30 seconds to log into the new           “Before, we did not use CDs at all. We lived
                                                      horse virus transferred from another network through    computer,” said Pfc. Zachary Plucas, Installation        off thumb drives,” said Lance Cpl. Nicole Black,
   Headquarters Marine Corps recently banned          a thumb drive. Normally, viruses can be fixed by        Personnel Administration Center clerk.                   IPAC administration clerk.
flash media storage, most commonly found in           Navy/Marine Corps Intranet, however, the Trojan            Another suggestion from station Information              In addition to the increasing cost of office
thumb drives, from all Marine Corps computers.        horse virus was a new one, said Brenda Spicer, NMCI     Technology personnel is to e-mail files to your own      materials, burning CD’s has increased the time it
   In Marine Administrative Message 647/08, re-       assistant customer technical representative here.       e-mail account and access them through Microsoft         takes to do basic computer-to-computer informa-
leased Thursday, HQMC Command, Control, Com-             Marines should use their shared network drives       Outlook.                                                 tion exchanges.
munications and Computer Department indefinitely      to transfer information between computers, said Sgt.       Portable hard drives that don’t use flash technol-       “The network’s security is more important than
halted all use of thumb drives, camera memory         Christopher Pettingill, station network administra-     ogy can be used to transfer information, according       the inconvenience to the individual users,” said
cards and other portable information storage de-      tor.                                                    to the MarAdmin.                                         Spicer.


                                                                                                                                                  Clarity provided for
                                                    In the bag                                                                                    recent CMC town hall’s
                                                                                                                                                  unanswered questions
                                                                                                                                                                          Gunnery Sgt. Bill Lisbon
                                                                                                                                                                            Desert Warrior Staff


                                                                                                                                                       During the commandant of the Marine Corps’ town hall meeting
                                                                                                                                                   here Nov. 18, two questions regarding spouse benefits were unable to
                                                                                                                                                   be completely answered at the time.
                                                                                                                                                       Specifically, the queries from the gathered air station Marines dealt
                                                                                                                                                   with an age limit for orthodontic care provided through Tricare and
                                                                                                                                                   the availability of tuition assistance for spouses.
                                                                                                                                                       According to United Concordia, which manages dental benefits
                                                                                                                                                   under Tricare, spouses are eligible for orthodontic care only until their
                                                                                                                                                   23rd birthday.
                                                                                                                                                       Additionally, orthodontic care for other eligible dependents is covered
                                                                                                                                                   until their 22nd birthday, unless they are enrolled full time in college. In
                                                                                                                                                   that case, orthodontic benefits remain until their 23rd birthday.
                                                                                                                                                       Tricare will cover as much as 50 percent of the costs for each
                                                                                                                                                   patient’s orthodontic care, up to $1,500 for the overall treatments,
                                                                                                                                                   which includes visits, hardware, adjustments and removal. However,
                                                                                                                                                   orthodontic diagnosis service costs will be counted toward a patient’s
                                                                                                                                                   annual cap of $1,200 for general dental treatment.
                                                                                                                                                       Eligibility for any Tricare Dental Program benefits is verified
                                                                                                                                                   through the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. Fam-
                                                                                                                                                   ily members not enrolled in DEERS will be denied dental benefits,
                                                                                                                                                   according to the Tricare Dental Program Benefit Booklet.
                                                                                                                                                       Orthodontics refers to any dental procedure to straighten teeth, and
                                                                                                              Photo by Gunnery Sgt. Bill Lisbon
                                                                                                                                                   can include retainers as well as braces.
  Kelli Lutterbeck, member of the air station’s Officer Spouses Club, carries bags filled with donated food for Thanksgiving meals for Marine          For more information on Tricare, visit http://www.tricare.mil.
  families Nov. 23 at the Sonoran Pueblo. The club organized the collection of approximately $3,500 in cash and food donations in order                Currently, military-funded tuition assistance offered to active duty
  to construct 199 Thanksgiving meals, which include enough to feed a family of four. Last year, the club compiled 178 food baskets, but           Marines is not available for spouses or other family members, said
  attribute the increase in part to the fact that no Yuma units are deployed during the holidays this year. The station commissary coordinated     Kim Baars, station education services officer.
  with numerous food vendors, who donated their products. Approximately $1,500 in cash was donated by personnel across the air station.
  Other donations were provided by the Yuma Community Food Bank and the Yuma council of the Navy League.                                               Marines are authorized up to $4,500 annually to pay for tuition
                                                                                                                                                   for off-duty college classes. No portion of this may be transferred to
                                                                                                                                                   family members either, said Baars.

                                                                 DoD video sharing Web site
TroopTube:
                                                                                                                                                       While different than tuition assistance, provisions in the Post-9/11
                                                                                                                                                   Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008—commonly referred to
                                                                                                                                                   as the new G.I. Bill—allow some service members to transfer portions
                                                                 available to troops, families                                                     of their education benefits to their spouses or other family members.
                                                                                                                                                       “Each branch of the military has the sole discretion to determine
                                                  With TroopTube, DoD personnel and             the family and their military members.             whether that service will allow the transfer of benefits to dependents,”
         Cpl. M. Daniel Sanchez                other users can upload personal videos for          This is a good tool for Marines to use          according to the Department of Veterans Affairs Web site. “Currently,
          Desert Warrior Staff                 public or private view from any computer         to communicate with their families, said           the only branch of the military to allow transferability of benefits is the
                                               as long as they have an Internet connection,     Staff Sgt. Douglas Vasquez, a Marine Wing          Army.”
                                               said Melnyk. This is just another tool for       Support Squadron 371 fuel operations chief             The act allows veteran to transfer benefits to a spouse after six years
   The Department of Defense unveiled its      troops to ease the separation deployments        who is deploying next year.                        of service and another four years until the end of their current contract.
newest tool to keep military families con-     bring to families.                                  The great thing about a site like this is       It also permits vets to transfer benefits to a child after 10 years.
nected with their deployed troops Nov. 10.        Although users will be able to upload         Marines and family members will actually               Specific guidance remains pending for the Marine Corps.
   TroopTube, which can be accessed at         most videos, there are some limits to how        be able to see each others’ faces, and it ap-          In the past, certain members of the Air Force and Navy were eligible
www.trooptube.tv or via militaryonesource.     much and what can be posted.                     peals to many Marines who use technology           to transfer benefits to their dependents, but the eligibility was very
com, is a government-run video-sharing            Videos are limited to five minutes of         like it, said Vasquez, who is also a husband       limited and usually only offered to service members in critical fields,
Web site sponsored by Military OneSource       play time or 20 megabytes of memory and          and father of two daughters.                       according to the VA.
allowing service members, military family      will be screened by government monitors             “(TroopTube) doesn’t make the deploy-               Some states offer some education benefits for dependents of veter-
members and troop supporters to view, post     who will flag videos that reveal sensitive       ment any easier, but it definitely adds more       ans. For more information, visit http://www.va.gov/statedva.htm
and comment on videos.                         information, contain graphic violence and        peace of mind,” said Jennifer Dixon, wife              Recently, the Department of Defense and the Department of Labor
   Developed in response to the May 2007       obscenity or break copyright laws, accord-       of MWSS-371’s Cpl. Michael Dixon.                  teamed up to test a program funding tuition assistance for spouses
ban on government employees using public       ing to DoD directives.                              “It will be nice to see his face in the         in a select number of “portable careers,” such as those in health care
video-sharing and networking Web sites,           The screening process used keeps troops       course of those seven months,” she said.           and education, which are in high demand and can be found near any
like YouTube and MySpace, TroopTube is         safe and sensitive information from getting         To use the site, personnel must register        duty station. This program was tested at 18 military bases nationally,
designed to help bridge the communication      to the enemy, not to censor users, said Mel-     using their e-mail address, name and ser-          including Camp Pendleton, Calif. Whether or not the program will
gap between families and deployed DoD          nyk. Although the government will not post       vice branch or affiliation.                        continue and eventually be available to spouses in Yuma remains
personnel, said Army Lt. Col. Les Melnyk,      unauthorized material, it will post approved        Users with problems registering or post-        undetermined.
Pentagon spokesman. This is a tool they        videos without edits.                            ing and viewing videos can contact the                 The station education center provides basic information to spouses
can use on any computer, including govern-        Despite being up and running, the site is     customer service section of TroopTube via          on available scholarships and other financial aid. In January, the center
ment ones, to see those important family       still developing, said Melnyk. TroopTube         e-mail through the “Contact Us” link.              plans to hold a seminar to show family members how to apply fro
moments.                                       will continue to change to fit the needs of                                                         federal student aid, said Baars.
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                                                                                                   Attorney lays down the law on scams
               Swap Meet                                                                                                                                                                      Grover urged buyers not to sign documents without first reading and
                                                                                                                               Cpl. Laura A. Mapes                                        reviewing them, and also not to sign anything with blanks left on it.
                                                                                                                                Desert Warrior Staff                                          Auto dealers have a sales scam referred to as the “Yo-Yo sale.”
                                                                                                                                                                                          They will allow the buyer to take delivery of the car on the same day
                                                                                                                                                                                          they are financed for it, said Groves.
                                                                                                                                                                                              “After the dealership’s (finance department) gets you what they
                                                                                                      A seminar held at the base theater Thursday informed Marines of                     call a contingency loan, they will let you drive the vehicle home as
                                                                                                   ways to avoid getting trapped by auto dealership scams and how to                      if it were your own,” said Groves. “They will call you back a few
                                                                                                   deal with debt collectors.                                                             days later and tell you that, ‘Oops, the finance option fell through,
                                                                                                      Military leaders are concerned that widespread financial stress in                  we are going to need you to bring the vehicle back.’ They know that
                                                                                                   the ranks may be impacting unit readiness. Much of the documented                      the buyer wants that vehicle, so they will tell them that they can get
                                                                                                   problems may be attributed to scams, according to a report from the                    financed at a higher interest rate to keep the car. In the end, the dealer
                                                                                                   National Consumer Law Center.                                                          will pocket the extra interest.”
                                                                                                      Guest speaker, attorney Richard Groves gave Marines tips on how                         After warning the Marines on buying automobiles, he spoke about
                                                                                                   to avoid scams when purchasing automobiles and insight into the Fair                   the legal limitations of collection agencies.
                                                                                                   Debt Collection Practices Act.                                                             The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, a federal law, provides
                                                                                                      Groves, who’s practiced consumer law for 10 years and has had suc-                  protection against harassing, deceptive and unlawful collection agency
                                                                                                   cess with the vast majority of his cases, began his seminar by speaking                practices.
                                                                                                   on common auto fraud practices of some new car dealers.                                    “There are very technical rules as to what you can do to protect
                                                                                                      “I hope that people understand that most people are not equipped                    yourself,” said Groves. “Most of the time, collection agencies operate
                                                                                                   to deal with new car dealers,” said Groves.                                            outside the law.”
                                                                                                      Groves reviewed ploys some new car dealers use to commit fraud                          Collection agencies cannot advise anyone else that they are trying
                                                                                                   in order to profit off consumers.                                                      to collect a debt; however, they can contact friends and family one
                                                                                                      “New car dealers don’t make a cent off of the actual sale of a ve-                  time in an effort to locate the debtor.
                                                                                                   hicle,” said Groves. “They make their money through high interest                          They can’t threaten a debtor with criminal charges for not paying
                                                                                                   rates and special packages.”                                                           the debt, threaten to garnish pay, harass debtors with more than five
                                                                                                      The problems don’t start with the salesperson, it starts after the                  phone calls per day and they cannot call before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m.
                                                                                                   consumer has decided on a vehicle and is sent to the finance depart-                   according to the act.
                                                                                                   ment at the dealership, Groves explained.                                                  “If you or someone you know is being harassed by a debt collector,
                                                                                                      “If you bank with a credit union, I suggest having them review                      I suggest getting an attorney,” said Groves. “There are things we can
                                                                                                   your credit score and find a low interest loan for you, vice having the                do to make it stop.”
                                                                                                   dealership do it,” said Groves. “A lot of times when the dealer pulls                      Marines walked away from the seminar with a better understanding
                                                                                                   your credit score they will find the buyer a financing option and tack                 of scams and debt collectors and some tools to protect themselves.
                                                                                                   on two or three percent to what they found and offer that to the buyer.                    “The information he gave me was incredibly useful, because I’m
                                                                                                   The dealer will pocket that extra two or three percent.”                               looking to buy a car soon,” said Lance Cpl. Whitnie Walden, Head-
                                                                                                      Dealers have also been known to give the buyer a false credit                       quarters and Headquarters Squadron air traffic controller.
                                                                                                   score, and then bait and switch the finance option for a higher one,                       For more information, call Groves at 602-230-0995 or visit
                                                                                                   said Groves.                                                                           www.azconsumerlaw.com.

                                                                                                   Holiday season brings second health, safety fair of year
                                                                                                                                                             rons on station after discussing the issues that          member and San Diego radio personality.
                                                                                                                 Cpl. T.M. Stewman                           are most important to Marines,” said Gun-                     “The day that no one stands up, I’ll know
                                                                                                                 Desert Warrior Staff                        nery Sgt. David Kurz, fair coordinator. “The              we’ve done our job right,” Stall said to at-
                                                                                                                                                             squadrons then find the subject matter experts            tendees, after asking those who have been
                                                                                                                                                             and ensure Marines are given the proper in-               affected by alcohol-related or vehicle incidents
                                                                                                      With the weather cooling down and the                  formation.”                                               to stand. “We’re not where we’d like to be,
                                                                                                   holiday season kicking off, more than 1,400                   After making the rounds through the vari-             but with any luck, soon you guys won’t need
                                                                                                   station personnel and their family members                ous booths, attendees were invited to the sta-            us anymore.”
                                                                                                   attended this year’s second Health and Safety             tion chapel for presentations from a Mothers                 The team displayed an amateur stock car for
                                                                                                   Fair Nov. 19 on the station parade field.                 Against Drunk Driving representative and                  Marines to climb behind the wheel and have
                                                                                                      The fair was intended to meet many com-                motor vehicle safety group, Driven 2 Dare.                their picture taken, but more so, it helped the
                                                                                                   mand training requirements for the year, but                  Theresa Ulibarri, MADD victim advocate,               Driven 2 Dare staff explain the importance of
                                                                                                   was also used a tool to increase the knowledge            shared her somber story of love and heartbreak            vehicle safety in all levels of driving.
                                                                                                   of all station personnel on how to safely enjoy           at the hands of a drunk driver.                              As well as the safety fair, civilian employees
                                                                                                   a potentially dangerous time of year.                         She offered resources for attendees, stating,         also took part in their own Federal Employee
                                                                                                      The Health and Safety Fair, which was                  “If you ever find yourself in a situation like            Health Fair on Nov. 19 morning at the Human
                                                                                                   sponsored by the station safety department,               mine, everyone needs to know that as a victim,            Resource Office.
                                                                                                   medical clinic and Marine Corps Community                 you have rights, and there are people who can                The Federal Employee Health Fair featured
                                                                                                   Services, offered safety tips as well as literature       help you through it.”                                     the same atmosphere, but on a much smaller
                                                                                                   on various topics specifically for personnel liv-             With unscripted interaction, funny videos             scale.
                                                                                                   ing in the Yuma area. Subject matter experts              and prize giveaways, Driven 2 Dare followed,                 “We have our health fair only once a year,
                                                                                                   were on site to answer attendant’s questions.             offering Marines general information about                but it is very similar to the one held on the
                                                                                                      The more than 25 booths on site offered                automotive, motorcycle and off-road vehicle               parade field,” said Florence Fitch, Human
                                                                                                   information on topics such as fitness, all-terrain        safety.                                                   Resource Office supervisor. “These fairs are
                                                                                                   vehicle operation safety, smoking cessation and               “I know that with the holidays coming here            very important for people with questions and
                                                                                                   suicide prevention.                                       shortly, most of you all will be driving long             concerns, so we want to make sure everyone
                                                                                                      “The booths are decided by all of the squad-           distances,” said Dave Stall, Driven 2 Dare                gets the information they need.”

                                                           Photo by Cpl. T.M. Stewman

    Incoming and outgoing Marine Attack Squadron 211 commanding
    officers, Lt. Col. Vance L. Cryer and Lt. Col. Eric E. Austin, stand at attention
    during the squadron’s change of command ceremony, Friday morning in
                                                                                                         In the Nov. 20 article “CMC, Sgt. Maj. pay visit to station, host town hall,” the Desert Warrior printed incorrect information stat-
    hangar 101 here. Austin, who relinquished command of the squadron to
    Cryer, served as commanding officer for 18 months and will become the                             ing the Marine Corps was trying to get back to a 1:3 deployment ratio. The correct information is as follows: “We’re trying to get
    executive officer of Marine Aircraft Group 13, Cryer’s former billet.                             back to 1:2, seven months gone, 14 months home,” said Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James T. Conway.



                                                                         family did not have a banquet table full of luxurious foods with a cornu-                                     substance from God. One would think they would continuously be
                                                                         copia centerpiece overflowing with fruits and vegetables. In fact, there                                      filled with awe because of the miraculous rain, but they grew tired
                                                                         was never a bountiful assorted supply, and I was told by my mother                                            of the same old stuff. I saw this attitude in myself, and I see it in

             “A Heart of                                                 to offer a prayer of thanks over what was provided. Through those
                                                                         prayers, I have learned to be thankful for whatever the Lord provides.
                                                                                                                                                                                       the attitudes of many men and women who grow tired of what God
                                                                                                                                                                                       provides. Selfishness is usually in the center of the heart that is never
          Thanksgiving is a                                              He provides different things for different families at different times,
                                                                         but he provides for the needs of all.
                                                                                                                                                                                       satisfied with the blessings that rain down from heaven.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Whether you get the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with fam-
         Spiritual Response”                                                Most people are thankful only when things are done their way. If
                                                                         they are not, then they are angry, ungrateful and do not give thanks.
                                                                                                                                                                                       ily and friends or just as a quiet evening alone with a frozen dinner,
                                                                                                                                                                                       remember the provision came by the hand of God. As God prepares
                                                                         God always knows your needs. His feast will satisfy your righteous                                            a banquet for you, don’t let your response be, “I am tired of this
                       Lt. Cmdr. Carl H. Farmer                          hunger, but not your insatiable appetite to feed selfishness. Be thank-                                       food,” or “I don’t like this meal.” Use it as an opportunity to pray
                            MAG-13 Chaplain                              ful, no matter what is provided in the feast. What you consider as little                                     and accept his grace and mercy. Dismiss the attitude that God owes
                                                                         or inadequate may be interpreted by others less fortunate than you as                                         you, because God owes you nothing except what you deserve. Your
       I remember as a child, looking over the Thanksgiving table and a bountiful supply.                                                                                              prayer should be, “I am thankful today because of God’s provisions
    being angry with God, because I was wishing for something more          I’m reminded of the children of Israel in Exodus 16, who were full of                                      of grace and mercy, and I got what I deserved.” Your attitude will
    or something different to eat. I was tired of the same old stuff. My thanklessness because they were tired of the rain of manna, a bread-like                                      help others to see the real meaning of Thanksgiving.




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MESS HALL MENU




                                                            HOURS OF OPERATION
                  Weekdays
         Breakfast: 5:30 - 7:30 a.m.
          Lunch: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
             Dinner: 4 - 6 p.m.
            Saturday & Sunday
     Breakfast/Brunch: 9 a.m. to noon
            Dinner: 3 - 5 p.m.
              Nov. 27-30 hours
            Brunch: 9 a.m. to noon
              Dinner: 3 - 5 p.m.


    BRUNCH: Eggs                  DINNER: Chicken Noodle Soup
    Chicken Noodle Soup           Roast Beef
    Cold Cereals                  Baked Ham
    Sausage Patties               Roast Turkey
    Oven-fried Bacon              Mashed Potatoes
    ... and more                  Corn Bread Dressing

    BRUNCH: Eggs                  DINNER: Clam Chowder
    Grilled Ham Slices            Swedish Meatballs
    Oven-fried Bacon              Savory Rotisserie Chicken
    Pancakes / Waffles            Buttered Egg Noodles
    Chicken Sandwich              Cauliflower Combo
    ... and more                  Black-eyed Peas

    BRUNCH: Eggs                  DINNER: Navy Bean Soup
    Turkey Noodle Soup            Swiss Steak
    Cold Cereals                  Mexican Turkey Pasta
    Sausage Patties               Roasted Pepper Potatoes
    Oven-fried Bacon              French-fried Cauliflower
    ... and more                  Green Beans

    BRUNCH: Eggs                  DINNER: Roast Beef
    Grilled Ham Slices            Baked Salmon Filet
    Oven-fried Bacon              Mashed Potatoes
    Pancakes / Waffles            Cilantro Rice
    Black Bean Veggie Chili       Simmered Carrots
    ... and more                  Broccoli Polonaise

    LUNCH: Chicken w/ Rice Soup   DINNER: Turkey Pot Pie
    Salisbury Steak               Dijon Pork Chop
    Chicken & Vegetable Pasta     Roast Potato Wedges
    Mashed Potatoes               Steamed Rice
    Herbed Green Beans            Club Spinach
    Summer Squash                 Mixed Vegetables

    LUNCH: Tomato Soup            DINNER: Chili Macaroni
    Roast Beef                    Savory Baked Chicken
    Cajun Shrimp, Sausage         Grilled Cheese Sandwich
        & Penne                   Lyonnaise Potatoes
    Garlic Cheese Potatoes        Simmered Peas
    Broccoli                      Carrots

    LUNCH: Corn Chowder           DINNER: Pepper Steak
    Santa Fe Glazed Chicken       Cheese Tortellini
    BBQ Spareribs                      w/ Marinara
    Long Grain & Wild Rice        Steamed Rice
    Candied Sweet Potatoes        Italian Vegetable Blend
    Corn O’Brien                  Calico Cabbage                                 ADVERTISEMENT
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Black Widows tangle Falconers in web, 19-18
                                                        and continued into the opening of the second half.
             Pfc. Graham J. Benson                         The Black Widows stopped the Falconers on
               Desert Warrior Staff                     downs on the MACS-1 35-yard line, leaving them
                                                        in excellent field position on the 80-yard field.
                                                           Garcia’s quarterback option pitch to Teixeira on
                                                        MALS-13’s first play after regaining possession
   Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 ordnance       went 35-yards for the tying touchdown. Another un-
squeezed by Marine Air Control Squadron 1 in the        successful extra point attempt left the score 12-12.
2008 intramural flag football championship 19-18           MACS-1 answered quickly with a score of their
at Field 425 Monday.                                    own on a 60-yard touchdown throw from Sorden
   The Black Widows set the tone on their first pos-    to Gilliam, putting them ahead 18-12 with just nine
session as quarterback Alex Garcia completed a long     minutes left in the game.
throw over the middle of the field putting them in         MALS-13 took control of the ball on their 27-
excellent scoring position. From there, they estab-     yard line.
lished their running game as John Teixeira rushed          They continued to employ the quarterback option
for the 8-yard touchdown.                               tandem of Garcia and Teixeira, slowly advancing
   The extra point pass attempt fell incomplete,        the ball to the MACS-1 12-yard line.
leaving the score at 6-0.                                  MACS-1 defense tightened and held them for
   MACS-1 answered, with a 30-yard completion           three downs, bringing up a crucial fourth down play
along the sideline to wide receiver Juan Saucedo,       with just five minutes left to play.
putting the Falconers on MALS-13’s 5-yard line.            Garcia was pressured by the MACS-1 pass rush
   After being held by the Black Widows’ defense        and was forced to scramble, however, he was able
for three downs, Falconers quarterback Mark Sorden      to find an open receiver in the back of the end zone
scrambled into the end zone on fourth down for the      for the touchdown. The extra point attempt was suc-
tying touchdown. The pass attempt for the extra         cessful, for the first time in the game, and MALS-13                                                                               Photo by Pfc. Graham J. Benson
point was incomplete, leaving the score tied at 6-6,    ordnance took the 19-18 lead.
                                                                                                               Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 ordnance leaders Capt. Billy Dubose and Master Gunnery Sgt. Sean
midway through the first half.                             The ball went back to MACS-1, with the game         Jevning celebrate their section’s intramural flag football championship victory with the team’s players
   After the score, the Falconers turned up their de-   on the line and four minutes left on the clock.        Monday night at Field 425. MALS-13 ordnance defeated Marine Air Control Squadron 1 in the flag football
fensive intensity, stopping MALS-13 from reaching          They began the drive successfully, completing       championship playoff game Monday. MALS-13 ordnance lost only once in the regular season, securing
first down to regain possession.                        a 20-yard throw on their first play. However, their    their third flag football championship in four years.
   MACS-1 used another big reception by Juan            championship hopes ended suddenly when an
Saucedo to advance back into Black Widow terri-         overthrown ball drifted into the hands of a Black      consistent preparation and team play. There are no     competition remained high throughout the year.
tory. They rushed to the end zone to grab the 12-6      Widow safety.                                          superstars; it’s a complete team with us, the real     Even the teams who didn’t win very often seemed
lead with just four minutes left in the half.              MALS-13 ordnance was able to use their run          Marine Corps way.”                                     to have a great time with it this year.”
   MALS-13 offensive woes continued on their            game to exhaust the remaining time on the clock           The championship game brought an end to the            “The key to winning it all is consistency, and
ensuing possession, dropping passes and a hand-         and claim the championship trophy.                     intramural flag football season which began Aug.       MALS-13 ordnance was definitely the most consis-
off. MACS-1 safety Tyaquan Gilliam intercepted             “We lost the first game of the regular season,      25. The season featured 39 games and 13 teams.         tent team this year. They earned it,” said Sosinski.
Garcia’s long throw on third down to end the first      and we haven’t lost since,” said MALS-13 team             “This was all in all a great season,” said Walter      This is MALS-13’s third intramural flag football
half.                                                   captain Antonio Rodriguez. “We’ve never been the       “Ski” Sosinski, station athletic director. “We had     championship in the last four years.
   The staunch defensive tone ended the first half      most athletic team in this league. It’s been about     more teams in it this year than ever before, and

								
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