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Marines travel through a buffet line during a bi-annual Pig Picking sponsored by the Havelock Military Affairs Committee at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Sept. 22, 2015. The event was held to show the community’s appreciation for the Marines and thank the service members on Cherry Point for their service. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird/ Released)

Photo by Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird

H&HS, VMR-1 Marines chow down at Cherry Point Pig Picking

25 Sep 2015 | Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

 Marine Transport Squadron 1 Marines gathered with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Marines to participate in a bi-annual Pig Picking event sponsored by the Havelock Military Affairs Committee at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Sept. 22.

 “We do two Pig Pickings each year as a way to show our appreciation to the Marines for everything that they do for us,” said Stephanie Duncan, the director of the Chamber of Commerce. “Not only do we value the protection they give us for our freedom, but also for the help they give our community.”

The Pig Picking was special, because it was the community’s way of saying “thank you” for being part of their community and being so close for many years, said Duncan. Not only are the Marines and Sailors protecting their freedom, but they are protecting them locally.

 “I think that events like this are important, because it brings the community and military together,” said Cpl. Scott R. Maynard, a food service specialist with H&HS. “It creates unit cohesion and develops good relationships by having us spending time together.”

Maynard stated he believes that events like this build relationships with the community and give Marines a way to build camaraderie outside of work.

“I would like the Marines to know that we care for them,” said Duncan. “We support them and we are here for them if they need something.”