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Marine Air Support Squadron 1 runs in formation during a motivational run at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Sept. 4, 2015. Marine Air Control Group 28 Marines organized the run to remind Marines to protect themselves and each other from suicide and alcohol abuse, and to stay safe during the Labor Day weekend. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird/ Released)

Photo by Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird

MACG-28 Marines kick off Labor Day weekend with group run

15 Sep 2015 | Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

Marine Air Control Group 28 took to the roads on a motivational run before departing for Labor Day weekend liberty at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Sept. 4.

The purpose of the run was to remind Marines to protect their fellow brothers and sisters from suicide and alcohol abuse, and to make sure they returned to work as hard-working devil dogs when the break comes to an end, said Col. Matthew C. Culbertson, commanding officer of MACG-28.

Marines from every unit within MACG-28 gathered on a parade field to participate in the run. MACG-28 units include: Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 28, Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28, Marine Air Support Squadron 1, Marine Air Control Squadron 2 and 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion.

According to Culbertson, the command wanted to ensure the Marines within the group would have a safe weekend and watch out for one another.

In the Marine Corps, leaders are in place to ensure the men and women by their side are safe and taken care of so they can successfully accomplish the task or mission at hand, said Culbertson.

“It’s important that small unit leaders are paying attention to their Marines who may need help,” said Culbertson. “This is a function about taking care of each other. There is no shame if you feel like you might have a problem, or need help. Just reach out to your peers and leadership, they are here to help.”

According to Culbertson, the “Protect What You’ve Earned” campaign, which is interpreted by each individual Marine in their own way, teaches Marines to reflect and evaluate how their actions will help or hinder their career.

“The leaders need to be able to be held accountable for what their responsibilities are within the group, and follow the examples their NCOs set,” stated Sgt. Joshua D. Ostrowski, a data network specialist with Marine Air Control Squadron 2.

Ostrowski explained that he hopes to see the junior Marines fill the shoes of the NCOs one day.

“You labor in everything that you do,” said Culbertson. “This is your weekend to take a breathe and relax a little, reset and refocus, and know that we have a busy year ahead of us. Be proud and take care of yourselves, protect the family name and protect the Marine Corps.”
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