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Marines check out the engine of the Black’s Tire and Services race car during the Fall Chicken Picking at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, Oct. 7, 2015. The event was held to enhance relationships between the New Bern community and the service members at the air station. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird/ Released)

Photo by Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird

Cherry Point Marines kick back, relax at Fall Chicken Picking

13 Oct 2015 | Pfc. Nicholas P. Baird 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

The aroma of smoked and grilled chicken, pig, bratwurst and ribs infused the air across Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, drawing Marines and Sailors from every corner of the air station to participate in the Fall Chicken Picking, Sept. 7.

The New Bern Chamber of Commerce, along with the New Bern Military Alliance, started grilling bright and early for the semi-annual event. The event is conducted to show the community’s appreciation for local service members, and to give them the opportunity to meet their neighbors.

“The Marines and Sailors, along with the residents of New Bern are all one big community,” said Sonny Roberts, the co-chairman of the New Bern Military Alliance. “We look at the Marine Corps as an extension of this community.”

Roberts stated that the service members and their families have, and continue to greatly contribute to the community.

“I hope the Marines and Sailors can see how much we appreciate and value what they do for us,” said Roberts. ”By having relationships with the civilian and retired community, the Marines and Sailors get to meet a lot of new people and form new bonds. Everyone involved can benefit from events like this.”

Those in attendance participated in events like volleyball, bean-bag-toss and a number of other activities.

“We are all out here having a good time, getting together while enjoying some good food, laughs and building cohesion between our brothers, sisters and the community,” said Lance Cpl. Nicholas Lacey, a geographical intelligence specialist with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2.

“I am grateful for everything that the New Bern community has done,” said Lacey. “I think that it is outstanding that there are people out there willing to serve us as Marines and Sailors.”

2nd Marine Aircraft Wing